A Story of Thanks
Growing up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Joyce Henry heard many rumors pertaining to breast cancer. Due to cultural beliefs and misperceptions, many women in Jamaica did not typically receive annual mammography because they believed that mammograms actually cause breast cancer. In addition, the fear of pain associated with mammography kept Joyce from receiving a baseline mammogram until she moved to the United States. Joyce is a patient of Coastal Community Health Services (CCHS) in Brunswick, Georgia. The mother of three adult daughters, Joyce went to CCHS for a routine physical when, during the visit, her healthcare provider recommended a baseline mammogram. Although Joyce had no insurance, she did qualify for free care through Coastal Community Health Services thanks to a grant from Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia. Joyce had a baseline screening mammogram in March 2017 on the Southeast Georgia Health System Mobile Mammography Unit, and the report came back normal. Only months later, Joyce felt a painful lump in her right breast. Fortunately, she took immediate action and went back to CCHS for follow up, even though her recent mammogram was normal. She then received a diagnostic mammogram and breast ultrasound, and in August of 2017, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since completed radiation and chemotherapy and is now showing no evidence of disease. Joyce says she is thankful to Komen Coastal Georgia and to the grantees, CCHS and SGHS for helping her. She is studying to be a Certified Nursing Assistant at the College of Coastal Georgia and is happy to share her story in hopes of helping others.
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