I was 24, working at a low-paying job and barely getting by. I hadn’t had a gynecological exam since I was in college. My friend T. told me to go to Planned Parenthood because they didn’t cost much, and would work with me on what I could afford. I went in, got my exam, and thought that was the end of it.
I got a call a few days later to come back into the office for an appointment. The results of my PAP were back, and it was abnormal. Subsequent tests confirmed that I had cervical cancer, and I was panicked. The people at Planned Parenthood got me into a treatment program and referred to an oncologist, they had counselors who talked to me and helped me, and ultimately, saved my life.
Now that I have a career, I give generously, so that other women who are in the same place I was - not enough money, no insurance, no doctor - can get the health care that might save THEIR lives.