May 10, 2009 - 10:10 pm
My boyfriend is from Italy and was visiting me in the States when we discovered a large bump near his armpit. He was diagnosed with Burkitt's Lymphoma and was told he needed to start treatment immediately. We decided that he should stay and get treated in the U.S. It would have been too risky for him to go home, plus the hospitals in Italy are not as advanced and far from his home. We had gotten him traveler's insurance a few days before we noticed the lump.. believe it or not. We were incredibly shocked and very frightened. It happened so fast and he felt fine. On top of the cancer, we learned that it was probably caused from HIV. His test came back positive. I got tested immediately. Mine was negative, but I have to get tested again soon, as it could be too early to detect. So, now he just had his third round of chemo... a very brutal 5 days. He was sent home from the hospital, but developed a fever and is back in again getting blood transfusions and antibiotics. His insurance won't say for sure if they will cover his treatment... still processing claims. I'm working two jobs, taking care of him, and stressed beyond reason. As if it's not enough to care for someone with cancer and HIV, but I have to worry about the possibility of me having HIV, and be able to work. I'm having a hard time coping. I have anxiety and can't always go to work, plus I need to be with him. I'm barely getting by with money. Cancer Societies won't help because he is not a U.S. resident. We do want to get married soon though. Is there anyway I can receive monetary help as a caregiver?