If your doctor says it’s not working for you, it’s time to ask.
If you’re struggling with an uncomfortable diagnosis or an urgent health need, you can’t do it alone.
“I think that a lot of times patients are just frustrated and they want to know, ‘Hey, you know, how do I go about getting that surgery, what should I be doing?'”
Dr. Jessica Lee, a urologist in Lynchburg, Virginia, told Business Insider.
She says many women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer are unaware that they’re not necessarily healthy enough to receive care in a doctor’s office.
“They just know, like, ‘Oh, I can’t have that surgery,'” Lee said.
When your doctors can’t treat you, you’re not alone.
This story is part of a series of stories from Business Insider exploring the changing landscape of health care.
The stories highlight the health care system’s shortcomings and the impact of a rapidly changing climate on health care access.
For example, the Affordable Care Act has helped expand health care coverage for millions of Americans.
However, it hasn’t helped many women.
The new law requires insurance companies to cover abortion coverage, which is generally covered under Medicaid.
That means women who want an abortion can’t get it without a doctor-supervised trip to the hospital.
It also means that the Affordable Health Care Act also mandates insurance companies cover prescription drugs and cancer screenings.
Women who don’t have access to these services are at greater risk of developing a cancer diagnosis and, eventually, losing their lives.
Women like Lee, who are in their late 20s or early 30s, have often felt the impact when they were diagnosed with cancer, even though they had insurance and insurance companies covered their insurance.
“It was like, wow, that’s really bad,” Lee said of being told she’d probably never get a job or have children.
“If I didn’t have insurance, I don’t know how I would have made it past that stage.”
For years, Lee’s family was struggling financially.
“When I was in my early 30’s, I was struggling with a lot.
We were homeless and living in a shelter,” she said.
“We couldn’t get a place to live, so I was homeless and sleeping on the floor.”
Her insurance company refused to pay for her emergency room bills.
Lee was able to find employment, but not because she had insurance, she said, but because she was a part-time student.
After graduating, she worked part-timers in the hospital as a receptionist.
She worked on a construction project and worked her way up to becoming a nurse.
“After working my way up from receptionist to nurse, I realized that it wasn’t really paying off for me,” Lee recalled.
“My life was just a lot worse.
I had a lot more debt and I had no income.
I was a wreck.”
After her daughter was born, Lee realized she was struggling too.
She began talking about her struggles with her family and friends, and she decided she needed to speak up.
“One of my biggest fears was that my daughter was going to go through this and I would never be able to get her a job,” Lee told Business Insights.
“So I thought about how many other women I know that are struggling and what I can do for them.”
Lee found a job as a nurse in Lynchberg.
She was a nurse for a year, then a full-time nurse and now a part time part-timer.
“As a full time part time nurse, the salary was so much higher than what I was making, and I really wanted to do something with my time,” Lee explained.
“What I really liked about the job was that it was very flexible, I could do anything I wanted.”
Her health care team was also supportive.
“All of the doctors, all of the nurses, all the people in the office, were very understanding of my situation,” Lee remembered.
“There were people that knew me from before my daughter had even been born.”
Lee was thrilled when she was promoted to an associate nurse and had access to her own office.
But she was also worried that her work would not be enough.
“The first year was a struggle,” Lee admitted.
“And then when I started to get a little more stable income, I started feeling like I could get a bit more stability.”
Lee has found a steady job with good pay, but she still struggles with bills.
“Every year, the bills get higher and higher, and it’s difficult,” Lee noted.
“Because there’s a lot I don’ know about my insurance, there’s just not a lot in my pocket.”
In the early stages of her cancer diagnosis, Lee was forced to pay hundreds of dollars for her family’s