August 9, 2012
Ever since 1995 I owned a small business and I had health insurance. In early 2008 work was getting scarce and I had to cancel the insurance because of the lack of work. Around the same time I needed health care so i somehow remembered that Catherine's was a walk in clinic so I made an appointment. Dr Walen listened to my symptoms at which time he took a simple blood test and he diagnosed diabetes. He gave me samples of the supplies I needed and provided followup care. Six months later I was very fatigued and I remembered Catherine's so I made an appointment. Karen listened to my symptoms and she took a blood test which showed a very low red blood cell count. She (and Dr Walen) told me to immediately go to the hospital for followup care. I went to Saint Mary's Hospital and a few days later I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with 95% of my blood cells were cancerous. I was admitted for 6 weeks of chemo at the Lacks Cancer Center which brought remission and a few months after that I was admitted for 3 months in Detroit for a Bone Marrow Transplant. Since my transplant I have been back to Catherine's only to tell them "Thank You"for saving my life. I was later told that if I had waited a few weeks more in going to the hospital for chemo I wouldn't have made it. This is why Catherine's holds a special place in my heart.
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