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Esperanza Health and the Power of Support

About a month ago one of our wonderful providers approached me with a patient situation thinking it was a breast infection. Once we received her mammogram with positive results of breast cancer provider brought her back to send her for a biopsy. At this time provider left on personal leave and patient thinking she was left all alone, this is where I came in she waited for me one morning since 6:00a.m., she made sure she was not going to miss me. She told me her whole story since she was a little girl being sexually abused by her step-father then marrying at 16 to an abusive relationship for 30 years and now breast cancer. Her daughters and son living in Roswell undocumented not being able to come and see her. She was devastated. The only relative here was her youngest sister breast cancer survivor, at this time I calmed her down and told her she could qualify for BCC Medicaid and could transfer care to Roswell with her children. The following day I called her and told her she had been approved for the Medicaid and I had a prosthesis and bra for her sister which for three years she wore socks for prosthesis. She is now with her children under chemo and happy. She still thinks she needs to come to my house and help me with my chores, her words were " I will be your slave for the rest of my life". I only do my job with my heart.

A Grantee's Perspective

Chenango Health Network has received grant funding from the NYS Avon Breast Health Outreach Program for many years. AVON BHOP support has enabled our agency to conduct our Every Woman Counts in Chenango County Campaign, which motivates, encourages and supports hundreds of women who live in this rural upstate county to be screened for breast cancer and receive necessary treatment and support. Read More