with Sharon Webb, Breast Cancer Survivor Memphis: You mentioned that you were homeless at the time of getting your initial mammogram. What was your relationship with healthcare like before your mammogram? Sharon Webb: I didn’t really have a relationship with healthcare at all. I was homeless for nearly three years, so it wasn’t an option for me. I was able to overcome that, but healthcare still wasn’t really an option for me. It took someone coming out and reaching a hand out for me to grab before I was able to get myself checked out. PHOTOGRAPH BY MANUELFROMMADRID / DREAMSTIME
Tell us a little bit about what the process was like. How did the mammogram screening go for you?
Your case wasn’t as simple as some others. You were called back in for a second time. When you went back in for more tests, what was going through your head? I was so nervous. I did not know what was going to happen. The difference was I had been through the process before and I had people around me who were there to help me stay calm. I had my procedure done at the Baptist Women’s Hospital, and everyone there was very kind and empathetic. I think the fact that I wasn’t going through this alone made a huge difference for me.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY BAPTIST MEMORIAL HEALTH CARE-BAPTIST MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
I didn’t think anyone was going to help me, because I was just someone living in the streets. Then I met Sandra Ferrel from Lisieux Community. She was one of the ﬁrst people who came and talked with me. When they ﬁrst took me to the procedure, I was really nervous because I had never done anything like it before. I had no insurance or anything like that. But they kept telling me that it was something that could help me, and I wanted to keep myself healthy. I never would have gone if Sandra hadn’t talked to me. She gave me the courage to take care of myself and take care of my body as well. Without her, I wouldn’t have ever gotten a mammogram. I would have gone around with a spot on my breast for years without doing anything about it. Sandra and everyone at Lisieux Community are angels. They reach out to many young ladies that are trying to get help or have no one in their lives. They work to empower and mentor them. God put them in my life.
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