CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cleo was in her early 50s when she discovered a lump in her breast. Not long after that, doctors confirmed her worst fear and she began a difficult battle against breast cancer.
Cleo considered herself lucky. Unlike some, she had a full-time job and health insurance, which helped cover the costs of treatment, but even with insurance, medical care was expensive. Even as she was fighting for her life, Cleo struggled to keep up with her financial obligations.
She came to Mountain Mission and they were able to help her catch up on some her bills and provide some relief while she underwent medical treatment.
After several surgeries and treatments, the disease went into remission and Cleo returned to work, but not long after, the cancer returned.
Earlier this year, Cleo was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer, which meant a new round of surgeries and treatments. Her battle wasn't over, but this time she'd have to do it without the security of knowing she had a job waiting for her.
Because of the time she'd taken off, Cleo was fired from her job.
Friends and family have helped as much as they could, but again, expenses began to mount.
Cleo came to Mountain Mission again and they've been able to help with some of her utilities and basic needs. Through their assistance, Cleo has been able to focus more on her treatments and the long road to recovery ahead.