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Grantee Spotlight : YWCA of Northwest Ohio/ Toldeo Keeping Hope Alive the Second Time Around

YWCA of Northwest Ohio/Toledo: Keeping Hope Alive the second time around
Ms. D is 49 year old, Caucasian, an only child whose parents died several years ago. She was married to the love of her life, she called him, "her high school sweetie," unfortunately, their marriage did not work, therefore, she found herself alone, once again. Four (4) years ago Ms. D was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She was told there is no cure for her cancer. While she battled trying to maintain her housing and bare essentials, she now had to deal with an unfavorable prognosis. She was connected with our program through her health care provider. She knows the rest of her life; she must take some form of treatment in order to live a "productive life". She continues to work two jobs in order to have medical benefits for treatment.
Ms. D is the perfect patient, she doesn't complain about any of her treatments or side effects, she always has a smile on her face and you will always finding her encouraging a fellow cancer patient.
Recently, while accompanying Ms. D to a doctor's visit, I noticed she was not her usual jovial self. Once we were in the office the doctor again shared treatment options with her. Chemotherapy was suggested, she was not happy with the idea and stated she didn't want to lose her hair again. She told us (the doctor and I) that she didn't know if she wanted to continue like this. She said she really had nothing to live for, and that if it were not for her animals she would say, "forget it!" Both the doctor and I shared with her how impactful she was to others and not having her presence would be devastating. He went on to share the option of oral meds; again, this was not on her list of favorites...but agreed to try them. After leaving the doctor's office we went to get her prescriptions filled. We continued the conversation from earlier and she shared how thankful she was to have our program in her life because it makes a world of difference in how she reacts and think long term, she stated it gives her a feeling of belonging and not being alone.
I struggle with finding success sometimes; it is clients like Ms. D who helps me to understand that the mere work we do is making a difference in the lives of women whether through education, linkage, or walking with them through such a dreadful disease is GREAT success. We are incredibly thankful to AVONBHOP for your continued and much needed support to the women in our community.

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