Feb 13, 2011 - 8:22 pm
I'm new here. I was diagnosed with Stage 3c ovarian cancer in Sep 2010. I have had surgery and everything was removed except a cancerous lymph node on top of my pancreas. I finshed my 6 cycles of chemo about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I am currently being mapped for radiation treatment to the lymph noded noted above. The radiation is going to be M-F for 6 weeks. I also have Avastin every 3 weeks for a year. I have to have my job for my health insurance. I don't have enough sick and vacation days to cover extended days off, especially every day. I am not married so there is no other way for me to get health insurance. I work for a small employer so FMLA and COBRA do not apply the my employer. If I were to get fired, I will go on state continuation for 9 months and afterwards I will be uninsurable because I have cancer. (I live in Texas)
My problem is that I am trying to work out a schedule so that I will be able to take off as little time as possible. My employer is willing to work with me, the PROBLEM is my DOCTORS. It seems like all of their other patients are retired, on FMLA, on their husband's insurance policy and do not work, on disability, etc. Because of this they have the attitude that I can take off 3 hours of work whenever it is convenient for the DOCTORS. My employer only has to make reasonable accommodations. My doctors don't seem to understand that without my job, I will not have health insurance. Without health insurance, I cannot have treatment (unless they want to treat me for free). All of this is causing me tremendous stress. I feel like just giving up.
Does anyone else have this problem? Is anyone working for their own health insurance?