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Healthcare
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dvocacy
The Patient
Advocate
A Monthly Healthcare Advocacy Editorial by Joni
Aldrich, Christopher Jerry, and Graham Whiteside
FOLLOW THROUGH IS CRITICAL:
When the medical test results are NORMAL
but you know you are not NORMAL
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M
y good friend, Chiqeeta Jameson, relates
the difficult and courageous story of her
breast cancer diagnosis this way:
"It was early morning, in the beginning of April
1998. I was 41-years-old. I jolted awake, and an-
nounced to the ceiling, `I have breast cancer.' Craig,
my fiancÚ said, `Are you talking about the lump on
your right breast?' I immediately pressed my left
hand over my right breast and began what I now
know to be an SBE (Self Breast Examination), and
there it was; a small hard lump on the outside of
my right breast. I was freaked, to say the least. I then
asked Craig why he didn't tell me about this. He be-
came embarrassed, and then a little irritated (and,