Woman faces difficult challenges fighting breast cancer while homeless

DENVER -- Denise Milette has a place to stay for the night, but within hours, she’ll be looking for another place to call home.

She relies on Medicaid for treatment of a rare form of breast cancer that affects the milk ducts.

Milette showed her medical records to the FOX31 Problem Solvers, explaining an MRI found the cancer in the beginning, but it progressed very fast.

“I was taking a shower and I found a large lump," she said.

She said because she is homeless and doesn't have a permanent address, she doesn't quality for many assistance programs.

Most shelters will not accept the service dog her disabled husband requires. She said he had received disability support but has run out for the month.

Milette warns other women to do monthly breast checks and seek medical advice about prevention, especially if they have a family history of the disease.

“Please be very vigilant," she said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Milette.