Mobile Clinic Patient Shares Her Gratitude
Uninsured and challenged by a number of chronic health conditions, 57-year-old “Donna” has benefited immensely from the care she’s found at the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic. She shares her story and her deep gratitude through a heartfelt letter to the CHRISTUS Foundation.
My name is Donna. I am 57 years old. I have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and no health insurance. My health would not be what it is today without the Healthy Living Mobile Clinic.
I go to the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic (since 2008) every three months because my doctor at Christ Clinic requires I be tested to know how I am doing. I cannot afford to pay for these tests so the mobile clinic is the only way I can provide the tests for my doctor. Sister Theresa and Mr. Prado are always cheerful and make my testing pleasant. In the line that is ever-present outside the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic, people often comment on how glad and thankful they are for it because, like myself, they have no insurance. I haven’t had the flu for three years because the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic as provided the flu shot for me without cost. I would not have gotten it otherwise.
I cannot put into words how grateful I am that the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic is there to help me. I don’t know what I would do without it. It is a vital part of my (and others’) well-being.
Making Care a Priority for Theresa
Theresa was in need of a woman’s health exam, but had little money for anything other than food, so health care was not a priority.
Laura Clay, R.N., director of the CHRISTUS Healthy Living Mobile Clinic informed Theresa that breast exams were too important for her to miss and referred her to a local clinic that could perform the exam at a low cost. One such exam uncovered a lump Laura then referred her to a nonprofit breast-cancer organization, for further assistance. Fortunately, the lump was detected early and Theresa is currently seeing a specialist in breast health.