I have a rare adrenal cancer, so not much is known about it. So, I’m the living guinea pig. But coming to The Floating Hospital, my doctor didn’t shy away from not understanding my disease. She’s managed to seek out help outside when she needed more answers, refer me to other doctors, doctors connected with other doctors. And she helped me to find a team that worked for me.
The Floating Hospital was my safe place. I could talk to my therapist, and they guided me through and gave me focus. And they put this whole life back into me. They spoke strength into me. Here, we see the doctor, the dentist, the optician. We see the social worker, the life-skills department. We come there for referrals, the pharmacy, for everything.
[They] gave us a survey. They wanted to know what we wanted to see… things that we thought needed to change or new things that needed to come on stream.
I said if you really want to make the change, you have to listen to us… You have to hear what our problems are … for someone to not just hear us but help us figure it out and get the help that we need. We’re not asking for a full-service center, but we’re asking is for you to refer us to somewhere that can help us.
So, I was amazed they listened to us and created the life-skills department. I’m hoping that it could assist other persons to assimilate themselves, to become a part of the community through referrals to legal [immigration] services, educational services, learn about federal aid, how to get employment readiness programs…show people just how to function in New York City. It’s a big city with a lot of rules and regulations, and there’s so much to learn.