The Cost of Cancer

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It’s been almost 5 years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and pretty much everything has healed – everything except my wallet.  Cancer isn’t just devastating physically and emotionally, but it can be financially as well.  I was fortunate to have health insurance and short term disability benefits through my job, but amazingly, I’m still paying off some bills from years ago.  I can still picture the piles of statements in my living room from doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.  I felt like I was drowning in a sea of debt.  I was worried about my health, about my family, about my future, and about how I was going to pay for it all. One day, I actually burst into tears when I was told I qualified for a $100 gas card to help with the cost of driving to and from treatment.  Everything eventually worked itself out and I’ve learned not to get totally freaked out about medical expenses now.  They are a fact of life – my life, especially – and there are people and organizations out there that can help, but you (or someone advocating on your behalf) need to devote a good amount of time to research.  Talk to your doctors about patient assistance programs, talk to the hospital about payment plans, look online for local and national organizations that assist with financial resources for cancer patients, become intimately familiar with your insurance plan and benefits and make informed choices regarding your treatment. In my resource section, I have listed some organizations that I’ve had some experience with and may be able to help you or your loved ones(s).  There’s also a great website called Cancer.net that explores issues and questions regarding the costs associated with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, please visit that page at http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/financial-considerations/understanding-costs-related-cancer-care.

So, let me strongly encourage you to ask for help, accept help, and pass it along by helping others when you have the chance.  It is not a sign of weakness to ask for assistance, especially when you’re fighting for your life or the life of a loved one.  Be well and be informed – help might be just waiting and hoping that you ask for it.

 

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http://www.lifebeyondcancer.org/

The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation is a tax-exempt organization with an IRS section 501(c)(3) tax status. Through our Providers for Survivors Network we are dedicated to easing the physical, spiritual, emotional and financial hardships of living with, and beyond, cancer. We offer programs, retreats, patient assistance, fundraising and best-practice tools to our oncology professionals to complement their medical management. The providers can then help pave a path to healthy survivorship to patients in their community.

For the past 12 years, Life Beyond Cancer has offered a three-day retreat for 150 female survivors and oncology professionals from our Survivors for Providers Network, so they can attend workshops and learn how to improve their life beyond cancer. The group is a diverse and dynamic group of cancer survivors and providers, selected through an application and review process

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www.fmcancer.org

FMC’s main focus is to provide financial assistance, free resources and spread awareness to young adults. Every other month FMC will choose a Young Adult with cancer or survivor (who is a Florida resident) to raise money for. This can be used to pay rent, car payments, medical bills, etc. FMC is an art based organization, which is where they came up with their motto “Live Life Outside the Lines.” The current set of artwork can be viewed and purchased on their website, with all proceeds going to FMC, which is a non-profit 501c#3 organization.

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