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Carmen, Washington

My large tumor on my parathyroid gland went undiagnosed for over 9 years by the VA. They finally did the surgery December 2020 and a month or 2 after the surgery all my symptoms came back which means they either missed another tumor on one of the 4 other parathyroid glands or they didn’t fully remove the tumor…I’m so mad at myself that I didn’t heed the advice of friends and coworkers to use a provider in my insurance network instead of the VA.

By Emilye Bell
Thursday, April 7th 2022

Patricia, Washington

It is so important to have Community Care in my case. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2021 at the same time we were moving to Spokane, WA from California. When I registered at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane I was welcomed and very efficiently registered. When I told them of my diagnosis they put me on a priority list to get an appointment. At my initial appointment I was referred to an oncologist in the Spokane medical community. I was so pleased to know that the VA could coordinate my community care for me since I was new to Spokane medical providers. I had to wait until November to have my surgery because of Covid. This VA also has a cancer care support team. I am very thankful for The Mission Act.

By Emilye Bell
Monday, February 7th 2022