This is not the easiest post and it doesn’t have anything to do with the status of my diagnosis.
The last couple weeks have been tough. I had to change my insurance plan, at work, and elected the “gold” versus the “silver” plan, in order to get rid of the annual deductible and bring down the usage fees when I see the doctor or get labs. It also raised my weekly contribution costs, but it had to be done.
Unfortunately, with this plan change, came with a carrier change. I joined the Sutter Health network and am sad to report they choose to charge patients a 20% copay for chemo medication, where other plans cover it 100% or charge a max of $50/prescription. Hopefully, one day they realize how punitive this is and begin to cover oral chemotherapy pills as effectively as they do IV chemotherapy.
I left a plan where I was receiving negligent care and now I have a decent oncologist, but can’t afford an additional $300; every three weeks. That includes the cost of the doctor visit, blood work and the expensive medication copays. If I give up the ability to work (which eventually puts my job in jeopardy), submit to another surgery for a port, start IV medications, lose my independence, risk permanent side effects and not provide for my family, then the medication would be covered 100%. Riddle me this…oral chemo is cheaper than IV treatment, but the insurance refuses to cover it 100. Why? Never mind; I digress.
After numerous breakdowns, I conceded I had to ask for help. I have had to resort to something I really hate doing. I know fundraisers have helped many people and I have donated to those in need. I was brought up that you work hard and support yourself.
I have followed the proper channels to ask for medication assistance. It appears I was diagnosed at the wrong time of the year. Nonprofit sources run out of money to help with prescriptions by the end of the year; that’s if they even acknowledge your disease. Again, not all cancers are pink, but that’s where the funding is.
I have applied for part-time jobs. I already work a full-time job, but need something to pay for my medication; even if it means working seven days a week. I still am waiting for someone to hire me. Problem is, I’m overqualified for the minimum wage jobs, even though I am willing to work weekends.
I have managed to get enough donations for another round of chemo. However, I now have two weeks to raise enough money for the next round. My pride is temporarily on a shelf and I have to post a link to my fundraiser.
If you are able to donate, even a $1.00, I would appreciate it. If you are able to share either via blog or on your FaceBook page, that’s appreciated. I plan on removing the fundraiser if I am hired or if some non-profit is available to help.
I apologize for having to post the link; but if I don’t raise the $300, in the next two weeks, my chemo treatment stops. Please take a moment to read the fundraiser and if you don’t mind, share it where you can.