LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Jamie Davis is a beautician and salon manager of Sport Clips in Lafayette.
She's also a breast cancer survivor.
She was diagnosed in May 2009 when she sought help through the YWCA Women's Cancer Program . The program serves uninsured and under-insured women in 23 counties, including Tippecanoe County.
"I was taking a shower and I felt a really big lump in my breast," Davis said.
Davis said she knew she needed to get checked out but there was just one problem: "I didn't have health insurance."
Davis mentioned the lump to one of her clients and that's when his wife called her up and told her about the YWCA Women's Cancer Program. Davis received a mammogram and a biopsy and that's when she got the news she'd been dreading.
"She told me I tested positive for breast cancer," Davis said.
From then on, life moved pretty fast. Less than a month after her diagnosis, she had a bilateral mastectomy. Davis' story does have a happy ending. She survived her battle and she credits the YWCA for helping her at every turn.
She was assigned a patient navigator named Sue who attended every doctor visit, every screening and treatment appoint.
"She was like my mentor," recalled Davis. "I could've never done it without her."
Now Jamie is taking stock of all she's thankful for. She is thankful to be around for the birth of her grandson. She's happy to be around for her daughter's wedding. She's also grateful the YWCA was around for women like her.
"Now it's my job to let everybody know."
Davis is sharing her story and helping the Women's Cancer Program raise funds to help other women.
Sunday, Oct. 7, Sport Clips held a cut-a-thon with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the YWCA Women's Cancer Program.
"My mom got her first mammogram at 60 and she went through the Y," said a proud Davis.
Davis hopes other women will follow her lead so there can be more stories with happy endings like hers.
If you are uninsured or if your insurance doesn't cover the cost of preventative cancer screenings like a pap test or mammogram, contact the YWCA Women's Cancer Program to see if you qualify for free assistance.
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