Here's To Second Chances
After Terry's fight with cancer her lungs began to be severely impacted by
the radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Over many years, her lung
function declined. She eventually, had to medically retire from being a records
manager. A job she loved with a great group of co-workers.
After she stopped working, she was unable to afford heath insurance. Her
prior cancer fight classified her as having a "pre-existing condition" and drove
up insurance prices to unaffordable levels. If she was even accepted by an
insurance plan, which in many cases, she was not.
When her condition got so bad she had a hard time performing daily activities,
she applied to Harborview Medical Center to receive care under their "Mission
of Caring" program. Commonly referred to as charity care. Thankfully, they
accepted her under their program and she was able to meet with doctors to
help diagnose her condition. She also received life extending medications
and oxygen to allow her to move around again. Without this program, she
would have been in catastrophic shape and slowly suffocated.
Through this memorial site, we can help give back to the program that gave
her so much. It helps provide people with a second chance at getting