When Jocelyn Porter of Dayton was told she had stage 3 breast cancer, she felt her world had just collapsed. At age 39, Jocelyn noticed a hard, red area on her right breast. She went to the Good Samaritan Family Health Clinic and they immediately referred her to the Samaritan Breast Center.
“They did a mammogram, ultrasound and needle biopsy,” said Jocelyn. She learned she had invasive ductal carcinoma . . . advanced breast cancer. Her emotions have run the gamut and she still feels it isn’t really happening to her. “I’m still in denial. I just can’t believe it.” The team at the Samaritan Breast Center have helped her every step of the way even when she realized her paycheck wasn’t going to pay her living expenses. “I had missed so much work that my paycheck was nothing! I still had my insurance but I couldn’t pay my rent.”
That’s when Ann Lensch and Connie Ickes stepped in to help. “Ann told me about Jocelyn and how she needed assistance,” said Connie. “We’ve been able to help Jocelyn through the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio.” The mission of the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio (BCFOhio) is to help Ohio breast cancer patients survive the hardships of cancer treatments by providing emergency financial assistance. Organizations that provide critical supportive services to people undergoing breast cancer treatment are invited to apply for grants through the BCFOhio. Good Samaritan applied for a grant and received $5,000 which they use to help women like Jocelyn. “We’ve helped with medical bills, utilities, pharmacy and rent,” said Connie Ickes. Eligible breast cancer patients can seek assistance from the BCFOhio at The UVMC Cancer Care Center also.
Jocelyn is currently on leave from work through the Family and Medical Leave Act and her last chemotherapy is in January. The financial help from Good Samaritan allows Jocelyn to focus on getting better. “Hands down, they are the best. The nurses, staff and social workers are the best. I’m so thankful to them,” said Jocelyn.