Lucy's StoryDuring her time as a receptionist at a doctor's office and at hospitals, Lucy knew well the look nurses and doctors would give patients without medical insurance.
"You're a second-class citizen all of a sudden," she says.
But when, at 48 years of age, Kucy was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she found herself on the other side of the counter.
Due to a recent divorce, she did not have health insurance for the first time in her life. She was working so did not qualify for Medicaid. With so much missed work she could not pay her bills.
She had heard of Friendship Medical Clinic, and knew it was for poor or low-income people. She states in an article that appeared in the Sun News newspaper that, "It's embarrassing to have to go to a free clinic, especially when you're not used to it. But they made me feel very comfortable. They did not make me feel demeaned."
Lucy, recently re-married, no longer qualifies as a patient at the clinic, but she continues to come - now as a volunteer!
"Friendship Medical Clinic has been a blessing. There's not one person there that hasn't been absolutely wonderful to me," explains Lucy.