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Felicia Parris

Patient | Center for Family Health  | Jackson, MI

My name is Felicia Parris. I am 31 years old, single with no children. I started receiving medical care at the Center for Family Health in 2001, shortly after I graduated from Jackson High School.

 

I was no longer covered by my mom’s health insurance, and a friend told me about the Center for Family Health. It worked beautifully. I loved my providers, and I qualified for Health Pay, a sliding payment scale.

 

In 2011, I was an AmeriCorps member, working in Lansing. I was tired all the time, and I had lost 15 pounds in four weeks. I was a little worried, but I was writing it off to stress.

 

I finally decided to see physician assistant Mollie Bailey at the Center for Family Health. I told her about my symptoms. During the exam, she immediately noticed that my lymph nodes were enlarged so she wanted to run more tests. She was really concerned; she immediately suspected cancer. But she wanted to know for sure what my issue was.

 

Frankly, I was getting scared so I missed my next appointment with Mollie. But my symptoms started to get worse so I made another appointment.

 

When I saw Mollie, the first thing she said to me was: "You kept me up a couple of nights.” That really impressed me: How much she cared about her patients that she would take my case home with her. It was cancer…..

 

Mollie was great. She talked me through the next steps. She then referred me to an oncologist at the University of Michigan to be treated for stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Meanwhile, the Center for Family Health helped me get health-care coverage through Medicaid. I went through several rounds of chemotherapy, and I was doing well for awhile. But the cancer started to come back so I had a stem-cell transplant.

 

Now I am feeling awesome, I am cancer-free, and I am working part-time while I am finishing up college.

 

I feel that I owe my life to the Center for Family Health. The providers here are professional. They take time with you. They care. If you have an issue, they really want to get to the cause.

 

The Center for Family Health is a really good place to have long-term care. I plan to continue seeing Mollie in Family Medicine and Dr. Berg in Women’s Health. The community is really blessed to have the Center for Family Health.

 

 

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