I went to Planned Parenthood when I could not afford to go to a doctor’s office since I did not have health insurance. I hadn’t gotten a physical in a while due to lack of health insurance, and it was well past time for a GYN exam.
While everything checked out ‘normal’ in terms of tests and exam, Planned Parenthood discovered that my blood pressure was high. So high that they suggested I visit a doctor for blood pressure medication. I did not have insurance, so I didn’t, but I took their warning seriously.
I lost weight on my own via diet and exercise, then came back and found two months later that my blood pressure had gone down. The staff at PP gave me as many possible resources as they could legally give regarding my general and sexual health. My husband and I are extremely grateful to them for their affordable services—otherwise we might not have ever known.
I have also raised over $2,500 for breast cancer research via Susan G. Komen. I will no longer participate in their walks. After all of the hard work I’ve done to help breast cancer prevention by raising money for them (whether I had insurance or not), now they wish to make breast cancer screening unavailable to me at the only available clinic.