Media technologist & strategist Deanna Zandt started a Tumblr this week that includes stories submitted by “women whose lives were saved or changed because they had access to affordable healthcare like cancer screenings though Planned Parenthood.”
“I know I keep saying WOW, but– in just a couple days, @PPSavedMe has gotten ~1000 followers on Tumblr,” Zandt tweeted Friday. (Zandt is a board member of ARC, which publishes Colorlines.com.)
Below is a sample of the touching stories:
> Just married with no health insurance, PP was the only place I could go to get affordable birth control and screenings. A pap smear turned up abnormal cells that could develop into cervical cancer. If I had waited until I had full health insurance to get screened it might have been too late to prevent cancer. I AM PRO-LIFE BUT I STILL SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD!
and another one:
> I was a young latina with no money and living in a fairly conservative house where going to a “woman’s doctor” meant only one thing, pregnancy. So I went to Planned Parenthood for a gyn chek up and they found abnormal cells in my pap smear.
and another one:
> I was alone in a new city, between jobs and without health insurance, when I discovered a lump in my breast.
After worrying about it for several weeks, I gave in and made an appointment with Planned Parenthood.
The doctor there assessed my situation, agreed I should see a specialist, and referred me to a no-cost program.
Luckily, my lump turned out to be normal breast tissue.
There’s plenty more. Visit PlannedParenthoodSavedMe.tumblr.com for more stories and/or to submit your own story.