Thursday, January 10, 2008

Cancer in the family

Why can't everyone be treated for a medical condition even if they dont and or cant afford medical insurance???

My mother was diagnosed with face cancer last year. She didnt and still dont have medical insurance. She cant afford to get any right now. Anyways, she went to a doctor. He said that she had cancer in her face and needed some things done to try and get it out. Also, to see if it had spread. He procedes to tell her that he will do the procedure for little money. The only problem was this: He is going to do this procedure without giving my mother paid meds!!!! My mother has little pain tolerance but knew she needed to get this done so she went ahead and had it done. She was in so much pain. I honestly felt that the doctor could have done more for her even if she didnt have insurance.
So she had the procedure done and waited a few months and went back for a check up. The check up was to see if it had come back. Well she went. The doctor said it did come back BUT he also told her that she seems like she might have a tumor and so on. He went on to tell her that since she has no insurance, there is NOTHING he can do. He wouldnt even so much as give her information on where she could possibly turn to to try and get help. What an ass he is if you ask me.
So here she is going around with cancer and no help to have more tests done to see what else is wrong with her. I have done some research but couldnt come up with anything myself. I only wish I could do something for her. If someone that happens to read this knows anything, PLEASE send me a message!

Now....yesterday ( Jan 9 2008 ) my aunt calls and tells us that she was diagnosed with breast cancer! I couldnt help but wonder why cancer is hitting my family hard. She is under going another procedure to have more things taken out and to see if it had spread. She has insurance so luckily she can have done what is needed. I just wish her all the luck and hope these two women can beat the cancer like stories that we hear of others beating it.

I pray for a cure. I also pray for help for those that dont have insurance so they can get what they need done and not have to worry :)


chefmom said...

I'm so sorry about your family. I could go on my own rant about insurance, doctors & the government. I've had my rounds with them as well. One thing I know about the state I live in there is a thing called the state papers program. It's thru the department of human services. No body tells you about it you have to ask. I was luck and someone slipped up and told me. Call them, ask lots of questions to lots of people, annoy them until they help your family. The program is designed for major medical.

cindyj1982 said...

We have something called a spin down card here in Kentucky. They denied my mom because her husbands just makes 20 dollars over the limit. What a crok it is when you so badly need the help!

Shade of Green said...

That is horrible. I will keep you in my prayers. I think preventative care is so important now days and eating good. Your poor family.

Nature's Prism said...

What a horrible thing for this doctor to do! He doesn't deserve to be a doctor! I know how you feel because it happened to my son too. Needless to say, we never went back to that pediatrician again! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Sonya said...

My mom is going through something similar. She had knee surgery and developed blood clots, then found out she had type 2. Now she can't even get private insurance.

My stepfather's insurance dropped him, because his boss was paying it, but it wasn't a company policy, and they actually live across the state line, so they aren't in the same state where the policy was held. they denied them both private coverage because of her preexisting medical conditions and they said his PSA levels for prostate cancer were too high, even though he was cleared by the doctor. It's awful. They are both like ticking time bombs, waiting for something big to happen so they lose everything they have.

I hope all the best for your family.

EclecticGypsy said...

myI am so sorry to hear about your family members. Can they apply for medicaid thru DSHS? I was hit by a car several years ago and had no insurance. I applied for medicaid and received it. Now I am a disabled single stay at home mom. I am still receiving medicaid to pay for my medical bills. So my suggestion is to have your family members check into medicaid or whatever state health insurance program is available. I will pray for your family.