Karolina Burnette Karolina's Journey

On June 27, 2017 myself and kids go with Karolina to the radiologist for her to get results of her 3D mammogram. After being there close to 2 hours I am called back to her so the Radiologist can talk to me. There was a spot found on her left breast that was around 2cm in size. After multiple scans, the spot was still there. The Radiologist indicated that a biopsy would be needed to determine what it was. My heart sank, I was like God this is too much. Karolina was already dealing with back problems and I was recovering from Bells Palsy. To top it off, Karolina and kids were leaving on July 6 to go see her family in Brazil. On July 25 Karolina was scheduled for a biopsy that morning in Charlotte. That afternoon she gets the call that no one wants! Karolina was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, a form of breast cancer. The emotions and stress levels go through the roof at this time! Karolina's mother is a survivor of breast cancer and her grandmother died of breast cancer. This labels Karolina as "high risk". She is scheduled for August 11 to see an Oncologist at Levine Cancer Institute. More results come in saying that the HER2 was negative and results for estrogen and proestrogen were positive. We have told the kids and things are not well with Joseph. He is very upset and scared. Jordana is too young to really understand, but has made cards for her. August 2, Karolina goes for an MRI. That afternoon she is told that another spot was seen and this time it was on the right breast. Morning of August 3 she gets a call to be scheduled for a ultrasound guided biopsy for August 7. She was also scheduled for a MRI guided biopsy for August 9 in event the ultrasound was not able to see things clearly. She had written down an extra time she was not sure of, so I decided to call the office back to clarify things. This is when I found out not only a 6mm in size spot was found on her right breast, but also that the MRI had picked up something in her left axillary lymph nodes. After pushing the nurse some she indicated that both were new findings. We are aware at this time that surgery and treatment is needed, but due to her being high risk we are not sure the extent of things. We are already seeing a significant financial strain with what she has done so far. This does not include the medical bills associated with me and her already. We have state insurance, but there is a problem with how the providers are filing already. They see Karolina as not meeting her deductible, when the family deductible has been met. So she is getting charged as not meeting the deductible. The way the BCBS does it is that even though we work in separate places with separate plans we are linked when it comes to the deductibles and out of pocket. This does not show when providers run the insurance online. Providers must call in to check deductibles, but they are not willing to. She is being asked for money upfront for procedures to be done at the not meeting deductible price. We have to ask to pay the minimum amount in order for the procedure just to be done and be billed for the remaining amount. We are at our last resort and have to ask for any help we can get. Our prayers have grown stronger everyday and we know God is in control. We are very thankful for the friends and family we have during this journey with Karolina.


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