My teacher ms george story began 14 months ago when she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroendocrine carcinoid cancer. As a full-time teacher and mother to 3, it was a blow to all of us-financially and emotionally. Thankfully, she was convinced to ask for help for the loss of work that was unpaid (after 10 sick days), expenses for appointments, medicine, and trip to a specialist.
She is lucky to be 'holding steady' with this cancer. It does not go away. She is able to receive a monthly shot (after she meet my deductible for the year, it has been covered so far-good thing; it's 34K each time!!) which has kept the cancer at bay, and I even had several of my tumors that had spread to her liver decrease in size.
The 'big' phase that my specialist oncologist (NETs is a rare cancer) is receiving a scan that would show us where everything is and whether the medicine is working (for now) or if she need to pursue other paths. The cost for this procedure is $4000 and his office is in Denver. While she have sick days this year for time off (and am ever hopeful she don't need more than 10 this year!), she will have travel expenses as well to his offices twice per year.
It is also my hope her that this scan ends up being covered by my insurance in the coming years, as the insurance companies have begun a 'trickle-down' from the top; mine just apparently likes to be last ;)
I am continuing to share her story and am grateful for support-financial, the passing on of this link, and above and most of all thank you.