Juliana had been aware of the small lump on her breast for a while. She figured breast lumps are common enough to not be too concerned.
Coronavirus, on the other hand, worried her much more than a potential breast cyst. To keep COVID-19 at bay, she was mostly home and avoided outings – including medical appointments.
A bad fall ten months later would lead Juliana to the emergency room. Upon inspecting her fractured rib, it was discovered the lump in her breast had grown. A biopsy later, Juliana was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Having lost her job due to the pandemic, Juliana had been struggling with her finances. Cancer sounded scary to her – and expensive to treat.
She received chemotherapy followed by a mastectomy: surgery to remove the entire breast. Now, she needed radiation treatment.
Having shared her concerns about her finances, Juliana’s patient navigator at the DHR Health Advanced Care Center
helped her apply for funds from the Renaissance Cancer Foundation.
“I had thought of doing a raffle to fundraise for my treatment,” says Juliana. “Now, I don’t have to worry about it! There are no words to express how grateful I am for the Foundation!”
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