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Testimony Silvia Tamayo

My name is Silvia Tamayo, I would like to share my experience with my cancer process. I found help through the health fair that CSF Foundation organizes every year. A coworker gave me a health fair brochure. I had a mammogram, and it came out abnormal. A CSF medical advisor contacted me, they referred me to Dr. Enriquez, and they did a second study that came out abnormal and was recommended that I do a biopsy. They then confirmed that I had cancer. I did not know and did not have the means to go to the doctor, I did not have insurance, and through the health fair I had the opportunity to treat myself. Thank God they found my case in time.

CSF Surgery and Links for Life took care of everything, I did not have to pay for follow-up exams. I am immensely grateful to them, to all the staff who attended me, to my coworker and to God. Dr. Enriquez said that the health fair was worth it because they found me. A year ago, I had a mammogram that was abnormal, the study was redone, and the doctor said I had nothing. When Dr. Enriquez examined me, he told me that my problem was not new, that the tumor had already had time to grow. I think they didn’t do a follow up for not having health insurance a year ago. I will always have that doubt. I think there are many women who are in the same condition.

When they told me I had cancer, I felt as if a bucket of cold water had been thrown at me. I’m just assimilating it, I already had my surgery, thank God, it is very difficult to assimilate when you are told you have cancer, I never in my life thought that I would be in this situation. I do not have a history of breast cancer in my family, it was not the first time that a mammogram was abnormal, and I did not worry, the surprise was that cancer was positive. I encourage all people to take care of themselves on time, even if they do not have a history of cancer in their family and do not have health insurance, take the opportunity when there are free events, in my experience you will find help.

I do not have insurance, CSF made the entire process from the mammogram, biopsy and with Dr. Enríquez accessible to me. The price is also affordable. 

My surgery was at Memorial Hospital, they treated me very good, all very professional. I had no problem with the language, or with the fact of not having health insurance, CSF Surgery took care of everything. Thank you, I was very satisfied with the work that the doctor did, his staff, they are very understanding people who try to help you as much as they can. I thank Dr. Enríquez, Cirugia Sin Fronteras and CSF Foundation. I am very grateful to Dr. Enríquez, Cirugia Sin Fronteras and CSF Foundation and everyone who was part of my healing.


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