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Grabill hosts 7th Women’s Health Day

July 22, 2018 GMT

GRABILL : In peaceful Grabill on Saturday, Kayevonne Dailey of Fort Wayne shared a personal story of violence.

Now in her 50s, Dailey told of abuse as a child, including sexual abuse that led to promiscuity and an abortion when she was a teenager and domestic abuse after that.

But, as keynote speaker for the seventh annual Women’s Health Day, Dailey did not dwell on her pain and trauma. 

“My goal was really to have those serving in the community to continue the work that the Lord has called them to do,” she said, “because you never know when you might be able to help somebody.”

Sponsors of the event, Christian Community Health Care offers free or low-cost health care year-round at its clinic at 13410 Main St., Grabill, said Mark Schlatter, executive director.

The clinic fills gaps because there are few doctors or specialists in its rural-but-growing area, he said.

“We are now getting patients from a 30-mile radius in northern Indiana and northwest Ohio,” he said. “Many do not have an established relationship with a family doctor.” 

Services include weekly acute care clinics with treatment provided by a volunteer medical and support staff and periodic specialty clinics, including one with chiropractic care and another dealing with ear, nose and throat problems. 

Weekly addiction counseling sessions are provided in conjunction with Living Free Recovery, and A Hope Center uses the site as a satellite location for free pregnancy services not related to abortion.

Saturday’s health fair brought the Francine’s Friends mobile mammography clinic to the parking lot of Grabill Missionary Church on State Street in downtown Grabill. Appointments were booked solid, Schlatter said, putting attendance at the event at about 100.

Dailey spoke as a representative of Women’s Health Link, a physical, mental and spiritual health referral service in Fort Wayne.

She said it was not until she received counseling related to domestic abuse while living in California that she began to understand her life’s traumas, including how having an abortion had affected her emotionally.

“It further traumatized me,” Dailey said. “Actually, I had a lot of depression. I experienced a lot of grief. I had a lot of trouble engaging in healthy relationships and at times, I was suicidal.”

Counseling helped her, so that when she moved back to Fort Wayne, “I felt ready to serve.”

Now she talks with women who are recovering from trauma, and she realizes she has something to offer women who’ve had similar situations.

“I know now that I can be extremely helpful for women who have experienced abuse because it can be easier for them to talk to me,” she said.

rsalter@jg.net