I started feeling weak all the time
so I went to the doctor, and of course they tell you to go get your
mammogram. It came back that I had breast cancer. You think you’re so brave,
you’re over it, but when you talk about it, it comes back. My team was really nice
and really supportive and they knew that I didn’t have a lot of family that
would support me and they became my family. One of those people that I
met was Melissa Hutchison. I meet with cancer patients in different parts of
their cancer journeys. Transportation is the most common barrier to care that I
help patients with, so as a navigator I help connect those pieces. I may make the phone call for them and initially set up the
transportation ride. I gauge where they are, are they driving, and we talk about through your treatment, you may get tired. You may not
be able to drive yourself, is there someone that can help you? If not we
talk about the American Cancer Society resources and Road To Recovery. There is
an application process that will match them with a volunteer to bring them back
and forth to treatment. My money situation needed me to go back to work.
It was just one more thing on your plate. I just kept trying to figure out how I
would map out my route to get to work, and from work to my radiation treatments.
It was the hardest part for me but Melissa made it so easy. Melissa is my
angel. We researched and she helped me find a few other programs for services
that I needed, but the best one that she gave me was Ride Health. Through the
program she told me that she could get me 20 free rides.
There’s also a paid transportation program if there’s no
volunteers available, which a lot of my patients do use to get them back and
forth to treatment because again, radiation can be several weeks, chemo can
go on for a really long time. If they do need help
through the American Cancer Society, we do have volunteer programs, and we also
have paid transportation that will pay for 21 way rides through various vendors.
That’s helping the patient financially and it’s helping them take
the stress off of worrying about how am I going to get to treatment tomorrow or
how am I getting to treatment for the next week or two. It was
unbelievable, I couldn’t believe it! I said, are you serious? I said, I don’t have to pay for any? and she said, no listen to me 20 free rides.
Melissa’s so cool she’s like, and that’s it girl, it’s done. To know that
ride is going to be waiting for me because you don’t know how you’re gonna
feel, you don’t know your strength levels. Giving them
peace of mind that they have a way to treatment which will definitely improve the treatment outcome. We want to give the patient the best shot that
they have, regardless of what their resources look like. That girl saved my life.
The American Cancer Society and Melissa Hutchison. They say they’re going to
help, you they help you! you