From a Routine Test, to Stage 3 Cancer

“From a Routine Test, to Stage 3 Cancer”

A routine medical test saved my life…but it also changed it and caused tremendous financial stress for me.

I am 62 years old, and I’ve been a widow for 34 years. I work hard to support myself, and I live paycheck to paycheck. Taking time off from work is not an option for me if I want to keep my home and pay my bills.

I have six sisters. One had colon cancer which was treated successfully, and one died of stomach cancer. After my sister passed away, I thought I should have a routine test to rule out cancer.

After the procedure, still groggy from the anesthesia, the doctor told me I had stage 3 cancer. I immediately began radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Then I had surgery to remove the cancer. The treatments made me tired and weak, but I kept going.

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Not only was I worried about my health, but I was also worried about how I could survive financially. I couldn’t work for more than three months. I couldn’t pay my bills. The medical bills on top of my usual bills were overwhelming.

That is when my Human Resources Director told me about the Hug Fund. I applied for grant assistance. The Hug Fund helped me pay my mortgage payments. I appreciate them so much.

The Hug Fund is such a good idea. Employees helping their fellow employees when they need it most. The Hug Fund is tremendous!

I am proud to say, I am cancer-free at the moment, but the doctors won’t say that I’m cured until I remain cancer-free for at least five years. At first, I had to see the doctor every couple weeks for check-ups. I have “graduated,” and I won’t need to see my doctor for nine months now. I am living proof that medical tests save lives.

A routine medical test saved my life, and the Hug Fund helped me save my home. Giving to the Hug Fund is a really good idea. I am so thankful to everyone who gives to the fund.[/text_block]