Stories of Hope: Claudene’s Story
It was the year 2017 when I started to feel very tired all the time. I thought it was because I was pushing myself to do more at work. So when I renewed my insurance at work, I learned of the free mammogram program and made an appointment from there.
In April 2018, I took a mammogram and was contacted shortly afterward. I was given the diagnosis that every woman dreads the “C” word – Cancer. The cancer was found in my right breast. My shock was so severe that I couldn’t tell my family for two weeks. From there on, I didn’t know what to expect. I ran into what I call in my life a “bump.”
After hearing the news of my medical condition, although my family was as shocked as I was, they were also so very supportive. They began to help me out during my recovery in many different and convenient ways. My family and I didn’t have a lot of money, and we did a lot of praying for assistance and support. During one of my doctor’s visits, I was given a business card for Cancer Care Services. I made the call, and two days later, I received a call to come in for an interview. My daughter accompanied me to the interview, where I was informed that they could help me. The Lord answered my family’s prayers.
I had a certain day to start my treatment because I needed chemo and radiation. I didn’t know how to get the out-of-pocket money; we tried to get loans because we needed quite a bit of money for treatment. I called Cancer Care because I was a nervous wreck. I knew I needed help and didn’t know what I was going to do. I got a call back from Cancer Care, and they told me they had found a program that would pay my out-of-pocket. I tell you, I felt like a brand-new person that day because something just lifted off of me.
Cancer Care has done so many great and wonderful things for my family and me. They have provided financial and medical assistance and delivered delicious organic meals of my choice to my home so that I could have great healing meals. They also provided a great many other services such as:
A. Massage Therapy
B. Counseling Support
C. Transportation Support
D. Bible Classes
E. Survival Classes with Support and Activities
F. Cooking Classes
There are lots of fun activities for the whole family. Most of all, everyone there always has a big smile and is always ready to help in any way possible. Today I am doing very well. Thank God for my family and the Cancer Care Family for all the love and support that they still carry on today. Because of their support, I can stand proud and say I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR!
Cancer Care has taught me how to believe, have hope, and have faith not to give up. They have seasoned my life; just like cooking, you have to season it to get it right and keep working on it. They blessed me with the Cuisine for Healing. They bought me food, cards, and at Christmas time, they came knocking at my door with the little children to sing.
It is unbelievable how much Cancer Care has helped me. I have turned Cancer Care’s name to serval people, and they have had helped them. I do not mind telling anybody that Cancer Care is the number one caring organization, and they really do care.
Thank you, Cancer Care Services!