At age 28, Madeleine had just made a big change in her life. After years in the workforce, she decided to go back to school to complete her degree, and she enrolled full-time in college. As a new student, she wanted to take advantage of her school’s health care facilities, so she went in for a routine check-up that included a breast exam. She fully expected a clean bill of health.
“That’s when the nurse practitioner did an exam and asked me if I’d noticed a lump that was on my right breast,” says Madeleine. In that moment, Madeleine
realized that she might be in for another big life change – facing cancer.
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Madeleine immediately began talking to her nurse practitioner about the practical aspects of seeking out additional tests and care. “She gave me some recommendations, but before any of that I said, ‘I have no insurance. What is this going to cost?’” says Madeleine. When her contract job ended a few months earlier, so did her salary and her health insurance coverage, and she was also taking on school-related debt so she could get her degree.
Eventually, Madeleine was diagnosed with stage II invasive carcinoma and underwent a mastectomy of her right breast. Madeleine Need your help to live..
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