Breast Cancer Survivor
“They do whatever they’re supposed to do for patients in these clinics to help them, and that is why I’m still here.”
When Azarnoosh found a tumor in her breast she didn’t know where to turn. She had recently lost two close friends to breast cancer and, as an Iranian immigrant with a low-income and no health insurance, she knew the cost of treatment would be much more than she could afford. “The worst part was when I found out about the tumor,” she said, “I didn’t know where to go because I had a low-income and I didn’t have a physician, I didn’t have insurance, and I thought this is the end of it.”
But it was far from the end. Azarnoosh found a strong support system and referral network at the Muslim Community Center Clinic, the primary care safety-net clinic where she was receiving care, a clinic participating in PCC’s Breast Health Process Improvement Initiative.
Azarnoosh was guided through every step of her treatment at a number of different facilities from diagnostic testing, to surgery, then chemotherapy and radiation. “I had a lot of help. Not only from my family: from my family, from my friends, and mostly from the clinic and the staff here.”
Azarnoosh was so profoundly affected by the support she received during her treatment that she has continued to volunteer as a patient advocate at the Muslim Community Center Clinic. “Now I am telling my experience to whoever is a patient of this MCC Clinic and they get through to this treatment. Hearing from the patient, old patient, they believe it more…And I’m glad that I am helping these people and some patients in this clinic. I hope I can be useful and helpful more.”
Find out more about the Breast Health Initiative