Anna Song Yan is thankful to International Community Health Services (ICHS) for being there when she needed help the most.
“ICHS saved my life,” the 60-year-old Lynnwood resident said. “I don’t know what I would have done without it.”
In 2013, shortly after getting a divorce, without a job and health insurance, and feeling alone and depressed, she received another heartbreaking news following a mammogram. She had breast cancer.
She was on her way to travel to South Korea when she received the news and had to cancel her trip as she scrambled to meet the lab’s recommendation to get a biopsy. She did not know what to do until she recalled visiting with some people from ICHS at a recent community health fair at her church, St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church in Seattle.
She met up with Veronica Kim, ICHS Women’s Preventive Health Services (WPHS) coordinator, who helped her secure low-cost medical insurance through the state, and map out a treatment plan for her illness. Through the ICHS program targeting breast, cervical, and other women’s health issues, Song Yan received her needed screenings, treatment, and other support.
She has since transitioned to receiving medical insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and continues with the treatment program.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was very stressed, felt depressed, and had no hope. It seemed like everything was black,” she said. “ICHS and Veronica helped me. They told me not to worry. I am very grateful.”