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.