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Jane Garcia
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Dear La Clínica Friend

My name is Carmen Garibay and I want to share with you why I wouldn't be alive if it weren't for La Clínica.

Carmen Garibay Carmen Garibay, La Clínica patient
Before coming here, I was very sick: I had pre-diabetes, liver damage, and my HIV symptoms were so bad that I could barely walk. My previous medical office kept prescribing medications I didn't need and refused to listen to me after I told them they made me feel worse. They had not detected the cirrhosis that was damaging my liver, which I developed because of the 25 pills I was told to take. I had lost my will to live and found myself at the lowest point in my life. It wasn't until my children motivated me to seek better medical care that I decided to change my insurance and then discovered La Clínica.

Here at La Clínica, they listen to my needs and work as a team. I used to feel stressed out at my old medical office because they wouldn't listen to me, but that doesn't happen here. My HIV Case Manager stays on top of my symptoms and communicates regularly with my La Clínica team of providers. I'm happy that everybody speaks my language because this has helped me take better care of myself and understand my own health. That's why my HIV had been undetectable here for more than 10 years. La Clínica deeply cares about their patients' wellbeing.

My HIV Case Manager has been like a family member to me. When I told her about my stressful living situation and how it was impacting my health, she arranged to see several apartments with me and helped me fill out a lot of the documents until I found the right one, which is where I'm living right now. She also helped me get dental care when I needed it and helped me get fresh food through food vouchers.

La Clínica saved my life when I needed help the most. Thanks to La Clínica my HIV has been undetectable for more than 10 years.

I am just one out of the many thousands that La Clínica has saved. I urge you to make a gift today so they can continue to provide hope to those most in need.

With warm regards,

Carmen Garibay
La Clínica Patient

If you would like more information or to discuss giving opportunities, please contact:
Vanessa Tan,
Fund Administrator
(510) 535-2912
Your contribution may be mailed to:
La Clínica de La Raza
ATTN: Development Department
PO Box 17054
Oakland, CA