Breast Cancer Survivor: Colleen's Diagnosis With No Insurance - Planned Parenthood

Author: Planned Parenthood

My name is Colleen Luther. The first time I went to Planned Parenthood was when I was 27 years old. I had found a lump in my breast and I was really close to ignoring it, but I figured better safe than sorry. I actually had no insurance at the time. I had just got laid off, so no one could take me. I was really close to ignoring it and then I remembered Planned Parenthood had a sliding scale, so that's why I went. They performed the breast exam.

She said, "Okay, it definitely looks suspicious, but given your age, it probably is nothing, but let's keep an eye on it. Let's make an appointment from one month from now." In the meantime, cut down on caffeine cause that could make your breast lumpy, cut down on this or that, and you know, she just gave me some things to do. So I went home, did all that, and a month later it was still there. So, Planned Parenthood actually found that problem and allowed me to take care of it in a timely fashion, which is everything with breast cancer. Thank you for saving my life. Thank you for providing such wonderful care. Thank you for taking me seriously when no one else would. Thank you for finding my cancer early enough so it could be cured.

8/24/2017. From finding a lump to my cancer diagnosis.

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