I have always had trouble with independent health insurance do to a birth defect that has led me to major hip surgery and other difficulties (I can no longer be denied, but they can still jack up the rates). I work successfully as an artist, but earlier this spring, my studio still wasn’t providing insurance (they do now!). So, I relied on Planned Parenthood for my birth control and sexual health. In March, I went in for my annual exam, only to find that I had some abnormal results. I was scared, but Planned Parenthood took care of me and explained every step - for very low cost they performed an HPV test, biopsy, and a colposcopy - which they did to remove cancer cells from my cervix. Without PP, I would have cervical cancer and not even know - without them, I could not have afforded to get an annual exam. They saved my life and I could not be more grateful.