Ms. E, a 58 year old AA female, who has been involved in the EncorePlus Breast Education and Awareness Project for many years. Unfortunately, her last mammogram warranted concern, which led to a diagnostic ultrasound, followed by a needle biopsy. The biopsy results were positive; Ms. E had breast cancer. One of our case mangers attempted to reach out to offer support services to Ms. E but she would always make excuses. After staffing the case with the supervisor, she reached out to Ms. E. The supervisor called Ms. E which resulted in a very open conversation. Ms. E shared her family history and diagnosis; after much conversation, our mission and goals of our program was shared. Ms. E was very impressed learning about the wide range of services our program provide since she had only received mammogram linkage through EncorePlus. The following a home visit was scheduled, Ms. E in good spirits and expressed an eagerness to have the two drainage tubes removed.
Ms. E shared that after she learned of her breast cancer she was disappointed but not shocked. She stated cancer was very common in her family; her mother, grandmother, sister and even her father had experienced a cancer diagnosis. Her attitude was so positive and very relieved and happy knowing that her doctor was only recommending radiation therapy. Unfortunately, after a later conversation with Ms. E., she stated that during her follow-up apts. with the doctor she was informed that there continued to be evidence of cancer, which meant that she would also need chemotherapy. While this was disappointing news for her, she stated she is surrounded with lots of family to support her during this most difficult time.
She also expressed her thankfulness for the support of community programs such as Encoreplus. We will continue to support her as her journey continues.
We are thankful to AVONBHOP for the continued financial support which allows us to continue to offer support services to women in the community such as Ms. E.