Jessika’s Story

In March 2014, I started to feel some discomfort in my right breast. I am a busy, working, single mom raising 3 kids so I ignored it. I was afraid and took comfort in my denial.

I learned funds from the local Komen Affiliate paid for my treatment. I have always been aware of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, however, now I look at it very differently.

Six months later, I talked to a friend about my symptoms. She suggested a mammogram, but I didn’t have the means to pay. Fortunately, my friend knew of the Mammography Voucher Program of Pinellas County (MVP). I received the test and learned I had breast cancer. My family has no history of breast cancer so I felt like I was hit by a Mack truck. I thought, “I have to be okay. I have kids”.

I reached out to MVP for assistance as my employer does not offer health insurance. I don’t know what I would have done without the program. Every aspect of treatment was set up for me. I learned funds from the local Komen Affiliate paid for my treatment. I have always been aware of the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure, however, now I look at it very differently. Komen helps women live. They do life changing work and I am so grateful- and so are my family and friends.  ~ Jessika

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