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Carol Washington
Some time ago, Ms. Carol Washington was working for the College Football Hall of Fame when a blackout forced her to go to the hospital. There she was told that she had had several small strokes. Although still able to function independently, Carol began having small seizures and over the next few months was unable to work. Ms. Washington fought with the Medicare system to continue to receive the medication that she needs to control her seizures. 

“I’ve been told my Medicare covers me if I have to go to the hospital, but it don’t cover no doctors and no medicine on a regular basis”, she said. In order to cover her other expenses she is no longer taking necessary medicine. Ms. Washington requested food for the first time in 2008. “Thank the Lord for St. Vincent’s. They help you a lot, anyway that they can”. 

This 61 year-old firecracker takes her responsibility to her family very seriously. The oldest of five girls and despite her own health concerns, Ms. Washington recently moved in with one of her sisters to care for her after open-heart surgery. She is proud of her large extended family, which includes her own two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She only wished she could see and help them more. “If you don’t’ have a car, it’s just so hard. And now, with my blackouts, I can’t go nowhere alone”. 

Still Ms. Washington stays positive and upbeat. She is able to take a bus out to the Thrift Store and says she can find “a lot of good clothes”. She stays in contact with her family by telephone and visits her mother regularly. “I first found out about St. Vincent’s when my Mama worked at the store eight years ago through the Senior Aid program. Good thing I knew about y’all”. 












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"I’ve been told my Medicare covers me if I have to go to the hospital, but it don’t cover no doctors and no medicine on a regular basis."
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"I first found out about St. Vincent’s when my Mama worked at the store eight years ago through the Senior Aid program. Good thing I knew about y’all."
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