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Breast Cancer Survivor Needs Simple Help: a Mattress

6:59 PM, Aug 12, 2009   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It's been a rough time lately for Nina. She lost her job and had a double mastectomy. The good thing is she did Buddy Check 12 and called our Mammogram Hotline. 

It's terrific she got a mammogram for free.  She couldn't afford to pay for one.

Turns out her cancer was deep inside her breast, according to radiologist Dr. Barbara Sharp at Baptist.  That means she couldn't have felt it with her fingers yet in a self exam.

Nina caught her cancer in Stage 1, an early stage. That's a lifesaver.

It's wonderful to Nina's daughter, a local high school student pursuing a nursing career.  Nina herself has been going to Concorde Career Institute and is almost finished with her studies to be a medical clerk or receptionist.

Mom and daughter are very close. But now Nina could use a hero. She needs a new mattress for her king-sized bed.

She's recovering from her double mastectomy and she's also developed lymphedema, severe swelling in the limbs. It's a chronic condition which happens to some women who've had breast cancer surgery.

On top of that, she is in continual pain from lower back problems.

So sleeping at night on her old, saggy mattress has become almost impossible. Nina says she's tried to flip the mattress numerous times, but that hasn't helped.

She's tried to sleep sideways, across the bed, but that didn't help either.

So can you be a hero to Nina?

CLICK HERE to BE A HERO. Put your name and email there and indicate you have a king-sized mattress to donate to Nina.

A non-profit agency can pick up the mattress and deliver it to Nina.

Also, if you can't afford a mammogram just call our Mammogram Hotline at 1-877-9-MY-MAMO. A real person will take your call.

And don't forget Buddy Check 12 Day! Remind your buddy to get her mammogram if it's time (once a year) and do her self exam.

If you want a free Buddy Check 12 kit just call Baptist at 902-202-CARE.

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