Diane Estrada

All her life, Diane has been a loving caretaker for many of those around her. Having to take care of five kids, her parents and her brother, she always put her loved ones first and her health second. Her selflessness is recognized by all who love and know her.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2018, the amount of support Diane received in return after always taking care of others was hard for her to accept. She was always so accustomed to taking care of others that in the beginning she felt weak for receiving help.

But what Diane learned later on in her journey is that you have to be able to accept the love and support that people are giving you. “Put down the barriers and allow people to help. You don’t need to pay anyone back for the help they have given you,” she says.

She explained that those who have helped her are paying the kindness that she has given them forward. Diane advises others to look at the positive side of having people around you and it’s an encouragement that you have so many people supporting you. She wants people to remember that it is only temporary and that when it comes to help, it’s okay to be at the receiving end.

One of the most supportive people in Diane’s life is her husband. She says that her husband has been her biggest supporter during her journey and has helped her immensely.

Her daughter has also has played a major role in helping Diane receive medical care. She makes sure to drive Diane to her appointments which are three hours away from her home.

Another support system for Diane is her coworkers. The general manager and owner at her work shared her story at the office and call their work staff “Diane’s Army.” Her coworkers all stepped up in any way they could and cooked meals for her and even picked up medication for her.

“I have so many people ready to fight the fight with me”, she said.

One program that helped Diane receive financial support was the Treatment Access Program. She decided to apply to the program after her social worker recommended it to her and even helped her with the application process. “The application process was very easy.”

Because her treatment was three hours away, the program helped Diane pay for her transportation costs to receive care. She says that she would recommend the program to any patient because it creates an extra support system for them.

To learn more about the Treatment Access Program, visit https://komenoregon.org/community-impact/our-programs/treatment-access-program/

For assistance, please call 211info’s Treatment Access Program Specialist by calling 503-499-4302 or emailing komen@211info.org.

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