Patient Profile: Blanca Martinez Featured
One year ago, Blanca Martinez was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer at a local Los Angeles hospital. She was taken back by the news but knew she had to do everything she could to fight it and get healthy.
Not having to worry about paying for healthcare and medication she receives, Blanca says she is relieved and less stressed when she comes to UMMA.
“It makes me feel better coming to UMMA because I can’t afford to pay hospital medical bills and for UMMA visits,” said Blanca.
In the days following her hospital visit, Blanca endlessly tried contacting the hospital, where she was diagnosed, to be scheduled for her surgery. After 6 months of waiting, Blanca still hadn’t received the proper care or surgery she had anticipated for so long.
Nicole Fanelli, UMMA’s nurse practitioner, followed up with Blanca repeatedly to ensure she was receiving proper treatment. After Blanca confided in her and told her she was finally on the waiting list to receive surgery but had to wait months before it would be scheduled. Nicole contacted the hospital staff repeatedly until they were able to place Blanca at the top of the list and scheduled her surgery eight days later.
“If Mrs. Fanelli didn’t intervene, I probably would still have cancer. I was insisting and calling the hospital and got nowhere. That is why I’m so grateful to Mrs. Fanelli,” said Blanca. “They removed thyroid and they found a cancerous tumor that they also removed.”
“I would like to thank the donors for the services that I’m receiv ing at UMMA. I feel protected. I have security that I’m receiving quality healthcare,” expressed Blanca. “And thanks to your contributions, we can receive quality service.”
For more information about Thyroid cancer:
The American cancer society estimates that more than 56,000 new cases of thyroid cancer will appear in 2012- resulting in nearly 2,000 deaths. Eighty percent of newly diagnosed thyroid cancer patients are under 65 years of age. To learn how to prevent it, visit: