At the Lesbian Cancer Initiative’s (LCI’s) Health & Pleasure Fair last July, staff met a woman named Rhonda, who is a lesbian in her early 60s. Since her retirement (and for the first time in her life), Rhonda does not have insurance—but she does have a family history of cancer. Rhonda had been avoiding treatment because she didn’t know what was available. When she tried to get care at the emergency room, she felt like she was brushed off. Because of this treatment, she preferred not to have screening and decided
to just “let it go” and wait to see whether there were consequences. Upon hearing this, LCI staff sprang into action. Since the fair, The Center has connected Rhonda to the Project Renewal Scan Van for a mammogram, and referred her to the Ralph Lauren Center for a colonoscopy. With LCI guiding her, Rhonda felt she could take these steps to stay healthy, and the services did not cost her a cent.