Jaime's Story: Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

Extreme politicians are trying to "defund" and shut down Planned Parenthood health centers, and it would have a devastating impact on women and health care. Millions of people like Jaime rely on Planned Parenthood for high quality, affordable health care — including cancer screenings, birth control, STD and HIV testing and treatment and other care. Women, men and young people are all at risk of losing their health care if efforts to "defund" Planned Parenthood succeed. Learn more at www.istandwithpp.org. Transcript: My name is Jaime and Planned Parenthood saved my life. When I was 23 years old, my mom died, suddenly. So from that point forward, it was me and my 12-year-old sister. At age 24, I had a daughter of my own. I had to grow up fast, I had to grow up real fast. One day, I found a lump on my right breast. In a small a town, we’re not high income, we don’t have a health center on every corner. It would take 3-4 weeks to be seen. I called Planned Parenthood and they got me in that day. And I went down and the nurse felt the lump and she said, "you know, I think we need to get this looked at." I explained to the girls there, I just left my job, I don’t have insurance, what am I going to do? If I have cancer I can’t afford this. And they said, "we’re going to take care of this, Medicaid pays retroactive." They did everything that needed to be done and they got me insurance. The results went to Planned Parenthood, and basically it was, she’s young, you know, it’s kinda inconclusive, we really don’t know what it is. The nurse there, she said, "no, you need a second opinion. You need to be seen." And they pushed and pushed and pushed and they got me in the next day. Within two and a half weeks, I had a complete radical mastectomy. The day I had my breast removed was the day it was spreading into my lymphatic system. I had to have aggressive chemo, I had to have radiation, reconstruction. But had I waited a day, I would have had stage 4 cancer. Had planned parenthood had not gotten me that appointment, pushed me to go further, taken care of the insurance, and made me move as fast as I moved, I probably wouldn’t be around. And they're looking at getting rid of programs like this, it’s terrible. I’m 3.5 years no evidence of disease. And I live a completely normal life. The people who took care of me, means the world to me. I get to watch my little girl grow up. I get to watch my sister go through college. She already lost a parent, she didn't need to lose the other one. As a resident of the north country, you know the Planned Parenthood's door is always open. And we need it. My name is Jaime and I stand with Planned Parenthood.more

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