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Grantee Spotlight: Southern Illinois Healthcare

Patient Navigation and Emotional Support

Hello, My name is Aggie Jones. I am 79 years old, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Here’s my story. I was very up-to date with my medical services. I was going to the doctor as scheduled. Taking my medication as prescribed and was current with my mammograms. In January 2011 I had a mammogram and they said was ok, but when I returned for my mammogram in 2012 everything changed. I received a call from the hospital telling me I needed to come back so the radiologist can take more pictures of my breast. I remember like it was yesterday, I said “what for” what’s wrong with my breast. They tried to ease my mind but it was not working. I can laugh about it now. I can tell you I was not laughing then. I remember giving M. R. my navigator the blues. She was able to help me understand what was going on, why and how we were going to get through this together. She arranged all of my doctor and cancer doctor appointments, and came with me. Here it is almost 5 years later and I am still here, cancer free. This was a rough time for me with the help of the M.R., I was able bear the ups and downs. I want to thank her and the START NOW Breast health program.

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