Christy’s Story: A Planned Parenthood Doctor Saved My Life

A Planned Parenthood doctor caught Christy’s cervical cancer and saved her life. "Without a resource like Planned Parenthood, I probably wouldn’t be alive. I wouldn’t have known about my cancer, until it was too late. They caught it early. And the way it advanced after we knew about it, proves to me, that I was so very lucky." This is Christy's story of care. She lives in Hartford, Wisconsin. See supporters in action: https://www.istandwithpp.org/supporters See more Planned Parenthood stories: https://www.istandwithpp.org/stories TAKE ACTION: https://www.istandwithpp.org/take-action Transcript: Christy: My name is Christy, I am 38 years old, and I live in Hartford, Wisconsin. I am alive because of Planned Parenthood. I’m 24, I’m thinking I’m going to live forever. I was healthy, I was young, rarely would I go to the doctor. Who could afford it? And I did what a lot of girls my age did, we went to Planned Parenthood. I would go in, get my birth control, and have my yearly pap smears. And that was the only health care I got. When I was 24, the pap smear that year came back abnormal. GFX: Christy was diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 24. Her doctors at Planned Parenthood helped her to get care she could afford. Christy: I wasn’t sick. I had no symptoms that there was something wrong with me. If I hadn’t been a patient of Planned Parenthood, I would not have known that I had cervical cancer until I was sick. Sick sick. And I probably would have died at 24 years old. The American Cancer Society is estimating over 4,000 women are going to die, this year in 2017, from cervical cancer. They’re estimating 4,000 now. If they can’t get early detection like I did, would it double? Triple? Defunding of Planned Parenthood is irresponsible and counterproductive to the health of this country. I live in a small town in Wisconsin. To get to a free clinic, if that was my only option, I would have to drive an hour. If we get rid of the Affordable Care Act and we get rid of Planned Parenthood, you’ve taken away all of my options. I didn’t go to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement. I went to see my doctor. I went to see the only doctor I had at the time. And that doctor saved my life. GFX: After multiple procedures, Christy has been cancer-free for 13 years.more

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