Let me tell you something: In the fight against cancer, time equals your life. If you let the enemy amass an army of immense proportions or spread out and take over more territory, you will lose the war. Between the time I first went to Planned Parenthood and only five weeks later when I began treatment, my tumor doubled in size. If Planned Parenthood hadn't been available, I would have been forced to wait at least two months just to have a medical professional palpate it and begin the diagnosis process — time that could have literally meant the end of my life.
I still have one surgery to go, but after chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy and other surgeries, I am cancer free. It was a tough battle, as cancer always is. Many, many women, "sheroes" — like me — don't have the resources to put up a good fight without allies like Planned Parenthood on the line with them.
Perhaps, like me, you were unaware that Planned Parenthood provided breast and cervical cancer screenings. Perhaps, like me, you were unaware that people at Planned Parenthood will move mountains to get their patients the care they need — and to get that care paid for.
My treatment would not have happened without Vivian and Planned Parenthood.