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Radiation is COMPLETED!

Today I have slept, had a couple of scrambled eggs for breakfast, then looked at my medical expenses. Thanks to all of you who have helped me get through this financial nightmare. It means so very much that I am not so deep in this mess that I cannot see daylight. Because of your financial support, I only have one outstanding bill from 2018 for $840. 2019 is a different story. The hospital where my pre-op & surgery were done has contacted me about their first bill (in the amount of $15,665) and assured me they will be resubmitting it to Cigna after they recode it. I should only have to kick in 20% of that bill when they get it correct. I have not yet seen the costs for the surgery or the radiation treatments. Tomorrow I am resting. Thursday I return to work. Prayers are invited and encouraged.

Yesterday was my last (AMEN!) HDR radiation treatment. If you are not aware of what HDR means, it stands for "high-density rate". What most people think of when you say radia…

Radiologist today...

So, today is my initial meeting with my new radiologist at the Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, Alabama. My appointment with her (Dr Alesyia Outlaw) is at 1pm. While I am there, I also have a follow-up with my oncologist @ 3:45pm. They are in the same building and worked together to make sure I just had to make one trip. I am grateful, really, to the MCI… not that I wanted cancer but they are making this whole ordeal as easy as it can possibly be and I appreciate that.

I am looking at going back to work on the 21st of this month. I have been off since 1/15/31. I already told my boss that when I am released back to work it will be for TTS days only. My schedule before all this was Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. I will have to do some radiation treatments in Mobile and will need to be able to schedule those on my off days and don’t know yet if it will be 2 or 3 times a week.

Also, I am not sure about working a 14-hour day on Monday then coming back to close on Tuesday. …

today's thought ...

...as I continue my healing process and my gratitude overflows...
I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
Charles R. Swindol

Financial update & a GREAT IDEA!!

So, I have been asked if I have insurance and why (if I do) it isn’t paying my medical bills. I DO have insurance. Since I have never needed to use insurance (I am on no medications, no health issues, etc) I chose to go with the High Deductible Health Savings Account. That means that Cigna (my provider) does not pay ANYTHING until I hit my yearly deductible of $2100. At that point, they will start kicking in 80% and I pay 20% instead of 100%. When I hit my yearly “Out of Pocket” maximum of $5200, they will cover everything at 100%. Since I figure the only reason I would ever need to use it would be “catastrophic”, that makes sense. What I did not take into account was getting a cancer diagnosis the last 3 weeks of 2018 and then starting all over with all the costs associated with that in 2019. So far, this is where I stand:
__________________2019..............................2018
Total Billed..............$3,883.60...............$3,020.20
Total that my Plan Paid.......$0.00.......…

1st week Post Surgery Update

1st week Post Surgery::
So, I have to walk. While it tires me out, it helps with clots and overall stamina. Stamina which will be required per my oncologist before I can start the ChemoRadiation portion of my recovery. It takes a bit to walk longer periods but I am getting better. Not faster, but standing upright and lifting feet rather than shuffling, so better. Spent all day Saturday (my 1st day home) sleeping, honestly. Sunday I chose WalMart and hung on to a basket while I shuffled along. Tuesday was Hobby Lobby without a basket (progress!!). Thursday was Michael's with a basket bc I got dropped off and flew solo. I think tomorrow might be Treasure Hunt. The pain comes and goes. Mostly not too bad but occasionally it feels like a Mack truck rolling through my abdomen... and that HURTS. I return to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Tuesday for follow-up. And, once again...If you feel called to help in some fashion here are some ways to do so: Things I'd find helpful include…

Hurdles look like insurance forms

OK, the waiting game continues... My CAT scan for tomorrow (which is required by my cancer surgeon before surgery can be performed) has been canceled because the facility has yet received the required pre-authorization. My next call today was to the cancer institute who assures me the paperwork was sent last week and they (too) are awaiting Cigna's response. So third call today was to Cigna to see what the hold up is. It seems Cigna is closed today. Since they will not be open until 9am tomorrow, my 8:30am CAT scan is not going to happen on Tuesday. Just in case fighting cancer is not stressful enough, the insurance companies make sure to add to the load. ARGH. Thank you to all who have supported me, whether by donating time, meals, rides, shoulders or money. Today is a wash and so I will go back to my art room (or take a nap) and regroup for tomorrow's round of phone calls. Also, if you feel called to share the links below, I would appreciate it. Best wishes to all!

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Help me kick cancer's ass...

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As some of you know I've been having a health issue since Thanksgiving.  After ALMOST meeting my deductible it has been determined that I have stage 2 uterine cancer.  A complete hysterectomy as well as some followup treatment will be required so I'll be out of work 2 to 3 months. Honestly,  I'm kinda freaking out...
My out of pocket cap of $5200 started over Jan 1st.  When I meet that my insurance covers 100%. But between my ongoing medical expenses and my lack of regular income the next 8 to 12 weeks I will be unable to pay all of my monthly bills. If you can assist in any way,  no matter how small,  I will be forever grateful.  Updates will be posted as treatment progresses.  Blessings to you all, 
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