Did You Know? Uninsured women have more than a 93% increase in risk of breast cancer mortality within five years of diagnosis, compared to women with managed care, HMO, or PPO coverage.
Imagine all the things that run through your mind when you find out that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer; what will happen to you or how will you overcome this. Half a year later after the diagnosis, you find yourself in the toughest part of your treatment. At this point, your finances are drained and you’re about to lose your home. Only focusing on making it through chemo, you don’t know any resources or where to turn to.
Just when you’re about to lose hope, you decide to call a number you saw at the local clinic. The voice on the other side says she understands, knowing what you’re going through, and reassures you that it’s going to be okay. Imagine that voice saying that she has a place for you to stay where you will get warm meals, treatment support, access to resources for low to no cost such as disability benefits, and a support system of professionals and other women who are going through similar situations. Two weeks later you’re getting treatments, counseling, and other support services. You come back to a home and new friends and a case manager working with you to help manage your finances and potential income sources. You have a place with access to a computer to gain job skills after your recovery.
Imagine thinking that you had run out of choices, to being surrounded by people helping you make them. This is our Healing House program.
In Orange County, alone, more than 300 women die of breast cancer each year. Watch Denise’s story to learn more.
GHH clients tell heartbreaking stories. Marta’s descent into homelessness followed a mastectomy, the death of her husband, and the loss of her job, home, and car. Living on the street, her cancer worsened. Too weak to stand, an ambulance took her to a hospital where a doctor gave her Je’net’s phone number in November of 2011. Living at The Healing House Marta got an opportunity to abide in a warm, loving environment surrounded by women who understand her struggle. When she could fight no longer, Marta received excellent hospice care on site at the Healing House. On September 16th, 2012 Marta peacefully passed on into the loving arms of our Savior. We will miss her. Watch Marta’s Journey below.