“…I was still in terrible pain, so I went to the Good Health Clinic. They immediately carted me up to Homestead and did an emergency operation that weekend. That was last October and I’m still kind of reeling from it. I had to go through chemo therapy and that ended in May; I’m still recovering from that. They told me I wasn’t just going to bounce back from all this, and I still feel effects from it. They caught it just in the nick of time because it hadn’t metastasized. The Good Health Clinic directed me to some good doctors. I really owe them a lot. They saved my life.”
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“My family moved to Homestead from rural Maryland when I was 17. Early on, I worked for a computer manufacturer based in Ft. Lauderdale. For the first few years, I was a field rep in the Miami-Dade and Broward area, but I transferred up to Ohio to get back to a country environment. I was a field rep in the mid-Ohio Valley for 20 years. I raised my family up there. But, then I started driving back and forth once a month from Ohio to Homestead trying to take care of my elderly parents. That was killing me, so I decided to come down to stay. I retired, and moved down to Homestead to care for my parents. They later ended up moving into an assisted living facility.
I had always thought that if I ever lived in south Florida again, I was going to own a sailboat! When I moved down to Homestead, I cashed in what little bit of retirement money I had and bought a sailboat; I kept it at Manatee Bay Marina for a while. When I decided to move on to it, I came here to the Hideout Restaurant at Key Largo Undersea Park, Jules Undersea Lodge and school. I’ve been here three years, I think…You know, you get on island time and lose track of how long it’s been!
I started working at Publix about three years ago, but last October, I found out that I had serious cancer issues. It was colon cancer. That just about did me in. They discovered it in the nick of time. I thought I had a hernia, but then one day I was in unbearable pain and my daughter, who was living with me at the time, said, “Daddy you have to go to the hospital.” I told her if I still felt that way in the morning I’d go.
The next morning I was still in terrible pain, so I went to the Good Health Clinic. They immediately carted me up to Homestead and did an emergency operation that weekend. That was last October and I’m still kind of reeling from it. I had to go through chemo therapy and that ended in May; I’m still recovering from that. They told me I wasn’t just going to bounce back from all this, and I still feel effects from it.
They caught it just in the nick of time because it hadn’t metastasized. The Good Health Clinic directed me to some good doctors. I really owe them a lot. They saved my life.
I went to the Good Health Clinic because I needed health care. Both my daughter and I qualified back then and they’ve been taking good care of us. I just turned 65 in July and got Medicare so I don’t have the Good Health Clinic available to me now. I’ll miss them, but I keep in touch with *****. They are all sweethearts there, and they took good care of me. I said before, they saved my life. I put off going too long, until I couldn’t put it off any longer, and they were there for me.
When I got sick, I had to stop working at Publix. I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that. While I was going through treatment, I got some help from the Upper Keys Cancer Foundation. They helped with rent. I’ll be seeing my oncologist this month. The surgeon felt like he got all the cancer, but he still strongly recommended the chemo therapy. I just take it one day at a time and try not to worry about it too much.
Right now, this is where I’m at. I have a cat. It’s my daughter’s cat, but I seem to have inherited it somehow. She’s a pretty good cat; she’s my bunk mate, I guess you could say! I’m working on my boat a lot because I have aspirations of doing some serious sailing. But, it seems like one thing or another keeps getting in the way…you know like cancer, or finances. I would like to sail up the U.S. Coast. I have family in the Chesapeake Bay area. My pipe dream is to sail on up to Nova Scotia and back. I just about have my boat ready to go on the high seas. This is a vintage boat, built in 1968 by a man named Charlie Morgan. Back then they didn’t know a lot about fiberglass, so it’s a very well put together boat. It’s a classic. It keeps me well. I’m hoping to get through the winter and get things squared away, and head out to sea in late spring or early summer next year.
We’ll see what happens. The Keys are where I’m at right now, and it is a sail boat paradise. It’s also a great place to live. Working at Publix, I got to know a lot of locals and business owners, and there is such a small town core community here. It’s a tight knit community, and I’m a country boy from Maryland so I like the small town feel. Here on island time, nothing is rushed. My philosophy is kind of a cliché saying: “Don’t sweat the little stuff, and it’s all little stuff.” I tend to be a worrier, and that is simply a waste of energy. If I’ll take life one day at a time, it makes it a little bit easier to deal with. I just enjoy my dock here and try to make the most of the day at hand. That’s what I’m learning. Of course there will always be things that come up, like cancer, which you can’t prepare for, and there is nothing you can do about that. Don’t worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of its
self. You got enough to worry about today.”
“Once again, I find myself indebted to you for your excellent care during my lapse in health care coverage. I can not say enough good things about the services you offer to a highly underserved section of our society—those without medical coverage. “
“Once again, I find myself indebted to you for your excellent care during my lapse in health care coverage. I can not say enough good things about the services you offer to a highly underserved section of our society—those without medical coverage.
I have dealt with the chronic disease of diabetes since an early age and in the process have seen many doctors along the way. It was refreshing to deal with a staff that was actually concerned with my well You should all be commended for the work you are doing and the humane way in which you are accomplishing it.
As I begin a new job, I find myself once again insured and therefore no longer in need of your services. It is comforting, however, knowing that the clinic is there if I ever find myself in need again. Monroe County still requires a prescription for insulin syringes and certain types of insulin in the failed belief that it deters drug abuse—in fact, this has been proven wrong by numerous studies. In actuality this has placed the burden on honest people in need of life saving supplies.
Before the Good Health Clinic, I had to spend money I could ill afford to visit a doctor in order to receive the supplies I had already been managing for over 30 years. Deciding between a doctor’s visit cost and the basic necessities of life is extremely difficult. In Monroe County this is compounded by the lack of affordable housing, low wages, and lack of benefit packages for the vast majority of jobs.
I am including an all too inadequate donation. It in no way comes close to repaying your caring service but I hope it can be put to good use in furthering your mission. Keep up the good work.
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Without insurance, I was immediately overwhelmed with the cost of breast cancer treatment. Good Health Clinic took over and referred me to Miami Cancer Institute. The combination of the two helped save my life. After Good Health Clinic stepped in, all stress of the process melted away and I was able to focus on my treatment with a positive outlook and HOPE! 4 months of chemotherapy, double mastectomy and 28 days of radiation. Cancer Free and looking forward in giving back to Good Health Clinic in the future!
Great place, great doctors and great staff. Thanks for being there for me!
I’m very grateful to the clinic because the medical attention they provide is excellent.
I think you all do a fabulous job and I can not think of anything that you can do to improve.
Great group of genuine and caring people. Thank You!
I am so thankful that there is such a great opportunity for me to have excess to such a service. I have received nothing but the best, from the Doctors and the complete staff while visiting the Good Health Clinic. Thank you very much. !!!!
This clinic really came thru for me when I needed it most. Will always be grateful to them for that.
I am so grateful for the good health clinic. They are doing a fantastic job for our community!!
I have always had professional care. Any and all exams were done with real concern and caring. Thank you.
Thank you for being there for us.
2019 Survey Feedback
Very glad they have this clinic for those that need health care. I am very appreciative of all they have done for me. I had to have surgery and they provided all the need and care during this stressful and painful time. Great clinic and great staff! Thank you!
None at the moment. I’m grateful for The Good Health Clinic and the staff helps me a lot. It’s a blessing!
I have always felt blessed to have such a wonderful team helping me. Thank you!
I personally think that the Good Health Clinic is the most wonderful thing going. I could not afford health care and now I feel good about myself.
All the staff are always pleasant and professional. I am very comfortable when I go there.
We love ALL the staff!!! They are amazing!!!!
Very Blessed to have this clinic in our neighborhood
Thanks to the Good Health Clinic I’m still alive. This clinic has saved me.
Happy with services thankful for everyone who helps.
I would like to say thank you to everyone who helped me with my grandson.
The staff is very helpful and nice.