Charin’s Story

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 “Where was I to go? I had nowhere to turn and I knew that something was very wrong inside.”  -Charin, Samaritan House patient

Samaritan House was there when a patient with cancer had nowhere to turn. After a harrowing several months, Charin is now cancer-free and is enjoying the holidays with family. This is her story.

Charin has been living and working in San Mateo providing cleaning services for both businesses and private homes. Despite working over 40 hours a week, it was always a struggle to make ends meet. Charin was able to keep her family afloat through the Food Services program at Samaritan House and has been under the care of the Free Clinic in San Mateo.

After trying a new fasting regimen recommended by her friends, Charin felt ill. A normally energetic and vibrant 53 year old, Charin found herself lethargic and continually vomiting.  During the course of one week, her stomach was enlarged to the size of a basketball.  She was in terrible pain and knew something was very wrong. Charin visited the Mill-Peninsula emergency room.  Thanks to our partnership with Mills-Peninsula, she was referred back to our clinic where Samaritan House volunteer physicians took swift action.  Dr. Shubin at our San Mateo Free Clinic conducted a pelvic exam and pap smear.  Charin was referred to Stanford for the ultrasound that confirmed what Dr. Shubin had suspected. Charin had ovarian cancer.  Thanks to the screening examinations and referrals provided by the Samaritan House Free Clinic, Charin underwent surgery and chemotherapy shortly after.

“Samaritan House saved my life and allowed me to take quick action. My family is grateful that they have this time with me to support me and help me heal. Thanks to Samaritan House and all the doctors who helped me, I am cancer-free today.” Charin

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