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When it comes to health care, it matters where you live
Imperial Valley Press Online

The pain in Estela Delgado’s back was excruciating for months. One day the 51-year-old was fine. She had been exercising, eating right, taking vitamins. Then she felt a pop in her back, and the pain started. After getting worse and worse over a two-monthperiod, she got the call from Pioneers Memorial Hospital: she needed to come in immediately.

There was a plane waiting to take her to San Diego. She needed emergency surgery, and she may have cancer.

A 12-inch rod to fix her broken back and the diagnosis that she had dreaded came next: multiple myeloma nonsecretory type, a rare form of cancer that had eaten away at her bones.