Breanna Gonzalez grew up going to the health department in Valdosta, but it wasn’t until she was a little older that she learned just how much the health department would touch her life.
When Breanna was in school she was diagnosed with hypertension. After looking into receiving medical care, she realized that the traditional options were going to be too expensive. That was when she found out about Lowndes County Health Department’s Hypertension Clinic.
“I was referred there and they have always been very kind,” explained Breanna. “They always make sure that I am taken care of and have what I need.”
Since she started within the clinic, Breanna has been able to get her hypertension under control. Through the program she comes in every six months for blood work to ensure that her levels are staying where they should and if anything changes that it is caught early.
“It was important to me to get it under control because I have three children,” said Breanna. “I want to be here for them when I am older.”
“I also want to live a healthier life and not always be worried,” she continued. “When my blood pressure gets too high I get headaches.” The hypertension clinic has helped her keep those levels under control.
“I would recommend the health department to anyone. I have recommended it to my friends and family. It is just so much more accessible.