Without them, I don’t know what would be going on in my life right now.

Tyesha Anderson, patient

Tyesha Anderson was 19 when she first faced cancer. Now at 29 she’s going through it again. “The first time, I had stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Tyesha explains.

In her late teens, Tyesha was cared for by the team at Bronson Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. After chemotherapy and radiation, she went into remission. Still, Tyesha knew her early cancer care could have consequences down the road. “Because of the radiation I received to fight the lymphoma, doctors told me I was at greater risk for breast cancer.”

In 2019, Tyesha was in the shower when she felt a knot under her armpit. “I had a biopsy, which confirmed it was cancer. I started chemotherapy at Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center. Once the tumor shrunk, I had a double mastectomy.”

After surgery, she started oral chemotherapy to make sure the cancer stays at bay. “I have to take 120 pills in 14 days. It costs a lot,” Tyesha say. With being off work, she couldn’t afford it. The Cancer Care Center’s financial navigator stepped in to help. “She signed me up to get assistance through the Foundation’s Cancer Care Fund,” explains Tyesha. “I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to pay for my medicine. I am so grateful for all this and all the services at the Cancer Care Center. Without them, I don’t know what would be going on in my life right now.”