Paola, a 37-year-old mom and Uruguayan from the Washington, D.C.-area, noticed a lump in her breast. As a precaution, she visited her doctor who advised her to come back after she turned 40. Paola, knew something wasn’t right and refused to accept her doctor’s recommendation. She took her health into her own hands and went to Nueva Vida.
Nueva Vida is a non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and is funded, in part, by the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The organization is dedicated to informing, supporting and empowering Latina families, in a culturally sensitive way, whose lives are affected by cancer.
Paola was paired up with a patient navigator at Nueva Vida through the Avon Breast Cancer Patient Navigator Program. Paola’s Navigator helped educate her on how to be her own health advocate and push for the scans she needed. Paola’s lump was in fact breast cancer. Because of Nueva Vida’s guidance, Paola got the treatment she needed and is now cancer free.
“I’m so grateful to Avon and Nueva Vida. Without them, I might not have gotten a mammogram for three more years, and by then it could have been too late. I truly owe them my life. If my story helps even one woman out there to keep going and speak up, that would mean so much to me.” – Paola
Read more of Paola’s story on All for the Breast.