I came to the United States in March 2017 as an immigrant from Vietnam. In May 2017, I noticed a lump in my left breast. Fortunately, I saw an advertisement about the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program (BCCHP) and contacted Minh Nguyen, a community advocate. She carefully explained the program to me. She helped me make an appointment with BCCHP at ICHS’ Holly Park Clinic. Through BCCHP, a provider referred me for a mammogram and ultrasound. Results showed I had a tumor in my left breast. My biopsy diagnosed me with Stage 2 left breast cancer. It is an invasive and fast-growing cancer. My breast cancer will not respond to hormone therapy or other medications. I will need surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I knew that I couldn’t afford to pay for expensive treatments.
ICHS’ Veronica Kim enrolled me in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program through King County. Qualified woman receive free cancer treatment that includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and five years of drug therapy to prevent cancer recurrence. ICHS’ Vietnamese-speaking staff, Nina Le, helped me with all interpreting and translating. ICHS’ Women’s Preventative Health Services staff carefully explained and convinced me of the benefits of the BCCTP program. Veronica submitted all forms to King County, including cancellation of my current insurance contract, which had a premium, high deductible and co-pay, so I could apply to the state Medicaid-Apple Health.
It’s approved already. I already had my treatment scheduled at Swedish True Family Cancer Center in July 2017. There are no words for how the treatment will push my limits physically, emotionally and mentally. However, thanks to the support from these amazing people, I can rest assured that I am in good care.
-Nguyen (does not wish to share her full name)