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A Reason

Published January 3, 2018 by lynn k scott

I can’t imagine what it must be like to tell someone, ‘you have cancer’.  I know what it’s like to find out a family member has it.  I also know what it’s like to hear those words spoken directly to you.

Cancer seems to be dominating my family.  I’m the latest recipient its chosen to challenge.  I refuse to let it remove me from this Earth.  This is a battle I WILL win!  I have started a program for local cancer warriors; in my sister’s name.  With fighting my own battle, I admit, I haven’t done a lot with the program lately.

However, I believe my own battle with colon cancer has shown me a reason for my fight.  It is utterly amazing how horrible insurance co-payments are in regards to paying for medications, doctor visits and tests.  The apathy is overwhelming.  It’s not like medical professionals know what patients are dealing with.  Non-profit foundations, that advertise co-payment assistance are nothing short of laughable.  They either refuse to assist if you have commercial insurance or funding just isn’t available.  Many will only cover Medicare or the uninsured.  Other programs are drug-specific and if you have a unpopular cancer, then your chances for assistance decline even further.

I have decided, once I beat my cancer, I will be diligently working on making the Kathi Cares Program a nonprofit.  The focus will still be supporting local cancer warriors.  However, the primary focus will shift to aiding those who need monetary assistance with prescription (and care) co-payments.

I want the assistance to be available almost immediately versus putting the applicant through weeks’ worth of waiting and worry on how they are going to cover the necessary medication or office visits.

If this is the reason I was destined to go through my own cancer battle, then challenge accepted.  I struggle with the ability to afford my own treatment.  I do have a fundraiser to aid in that.  I am too young for my cancer (as I am repeatedly told), but I have yet to find funding to assist me.  This is my only option, until I can get another job to help me pay for my treatment.

I will beat this and then I will help those who are experiencing what I am dealing with.  Together, we can make a difference.  Together we are a community.


Cancer Journey: Part 6

Published December 27, 2017 by lynn k scott

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.


A Logo In The Works

Published January 18, 2016 by lynn k scott

It’s been a year since The Pink Herald was born.  It’s still a fledling blog, but I think it’s time for a custom logo to go with the uniqueness of my musings.  A friend of mine has volunteered to try to make my simple vision into a realistic drawing that I can use.

I have decided whatever logo comes to represent my blog, will in turn, represent my latest cause that will one day become a non-profit.  The program is still very much in its infant stage, but I’m hoping by the end of 2016 to see it at least enter the toddler stage.  If you’d like to know more about this program, dedicated to my sister’s memory, please follow its growth on Facebook:  Kathi Cares Program.

If you are so inclined, I’d be grateful for a share or two so more people can learn about a sister’s mission to help cancer patients feel like they haven’t been forgotten.

Buying a new cell phone

Published November 4, 2015 by lynn k scott

I will say, I am becoming quite the expert on purchasing new cell phones.  Over the years, I have been a customer with almost every major cell service provider.  I don’t have the best luck with phones.  I think it’s because I use them so often, they just wear out when I’m not dropping them into water or inflicting some other damage to them; completely on accident, mind you.

Yesterday, the time had come.  My 11-month old, Note 4, was telling me we were through.  It really hurts when you love your phone and it refuses to reciprocate.  That being said, I started researching my current plan, and found I was eligible for an upgrade.  I found a comparable replacement; same phone, newer model.  Why is it so difficult to just make the switch?  Ok, so I don’t have the best credit, but I do pay my bill.  Well shucks, a deposit is still required?  I’m not really feeling that option. After speaking with customer service, then the retention people (who can pull up my account), being offered a lesser option, and then finding out the representative really has no interest in retaining me as a customer, all goes quiet when I hang up the phone.

What to do….


A girl has to shop around for the best option, right?  Well, the quoted price, was better, lower monthly cost, and it would only take 1-3 days to get my new phone with shipping.  Ummm….hmmmm…my phone is dead.  Last resort…need to go to the teenage hangout, over-priced, too many stores in one location destination…THE MALL!  (que scary music)

I first head to the store that repairs shattered screens.  Perhaps it’s just my battery.  Could be.  Also could be the charging unit. The $58.00 quote to replace the charging unit, not guaranteeing to fix the issue, is what drove me to my carrier’s store. Let’s try to work this out so I can be in touch with the rest of the universe, shall we?  No such luck.  I get a mid-20s kid (yes I can say he was a kid) who wasn’t that sure on plans, was going to charge me more for the phone vs online and I’d still have to pay off the old plan since I didn’t pay the monthly fee to waive the upgrade.  LOVELY!!!

Went to the competition’s store.  It was PACKED!!!  Thinking, “just great…I have to be at a meeting in 70 minutes”.  I check-in and let them know I must leave in exactly one hour.  “We’ll get to you as soon as we can”.  Ahhh, the polite, “sit down and wait you’re turn” brush off.

I was lucky.  I was the second person waiting for assistance and the person ahead of me needed a Spanish-speaking representative, so that bumped me up to first place.  I had been noticing all the indecisiveness while observing the other customers while waiting for my turn.

I witnessed people not having any idea what plans were available.  One woman had to call someone and discuss her options before committing.  Another couple must have gone through every available option.  All of these people were well into being serviced prior to my arrival at the store.  One person concluded their transaction while I was waiting.

It was my turn in just 20 short minutes.  The rep approaches me.  I say, “I need to be out of here in 25 minutes to make a meeting.  I know the phone I want.  You just need to tell me is it cheaper to add on to my husband’s plan or create my own plan.”

He stepped right up to the plate.  Cheaper to go with the hubby’s plan.  “What color would you like?”, he asked.  Simple response, “Whatever you have in stock.”  He counters with, “now that’s what I’m talking about”.

After covering the additional charges, trading in my phone, purchasing the new phone and porting over my number, I was out in exactly 25 minutes!  I didn’t get a chance to swap all my numbers over, but my old phone barely allowed us to factory reset it for the trade in.  I was done before ALL the people being helped when I initially walked in.

There is no excuse for a cell phone purchase to take hours; and yes, I’ve seen it happen.  Take 20-40 minutes to review information on-line, get phone stats, review plans and make a tentative decision BEFORE visiting a store.  Then, go into the store, play with the phones and make that decision while you are waiting for assistance. Ask a few plan-related questions to clarify anything you aren’t sure of when it’s your turn and finish the transaction.  Doing a little “homework” can save you from the rep selling you items you don’t need or want.

I see this as a way to be considerate of others.  Get in, get out and be on your way!  I for one don’t have all day; even if you do.

Community Rallies to Help “Shamed” 6 -year old

Published March 23, 2015 by lynn k scott

I’m sure some of you have seen this when it first happened.  A student in Oregon if frequently a few minutes late to class.  The school believes in public shaming, as others have confirmed this is standard procedure.  Now, I’m all for accountability.  Perhaps we should take a look at some facts that I temporarily omitted.

  • The student in question is a 6-year old first grader
  • He has a 3 year old sibling
  • His mother isn’t in the best health
  • The family car doesn’t always work

The school’s administration thinks segregating a small child from his class at lunch, making him sit behind a cardboard barrier and make him eat his lunch in isolation is appropriate.

Here is the link so you can read about it and see this child being held accountable for something that’s completely out of his control.

Student Shaming in Redwood, Oregon

I was outraged as the next parent.  I would have definitely lost more than my cool had I walked in on this and saw my child being treated by his “educators”.

There is some good news to come out of this.  I heard about it on the radio on my commute into work.  A local radio DJ ran with the story after his mother posted her son’s punishment on Facebook.  In the outrage, the post and picture went viral. The good news is the community rallied to support this family.

They received a donation of a minivan, gas card and some oil changes.  I was so glad to hear something good came out of all that hurt.

Every day, stories like these make me grateful that I chose to home school.  With bullying running rampant in our public education system, it’s hard not to wonder about the safety of your child when they are not with you.  They are supposed to be receiving an education while at school.  They are supposed to be safe.

I will make the statement that part of the reasoning bullying is completely out of control is because of school districts like the one in Redwood, Oregon.  Why haven’t those “educators” who thought this was an acceptable form of discipline come forth to defend their asinine decision?  Are they not proud for humiliating a 6-year old child for something he couldn’t control? Where is the compassion for a mother with a medical condition that is partly responsible?  Is it because she doesn’t have a serious enough disease like cancer?  Where is the school district and it’s investigation?

Until the school districts, administrators and teachers who practice and get away with bullying children are held accountable, how do we expect them to hold the kids at school accountable for their bullying actions?  Oh wait…they don’t.  Therein lies the rub!

Luke 23:43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Photo by Matthew C Seufer - Oak Grove Baptist Church- Elgin,South Carolina USA June 10,2013 (Page 14 in the Inspirational book "Windows From Heaven")


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