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Help for a friend

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Joined: Aug 2006

I have a friend who is the sweetest, nicest person that I know. She was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2000 when she was 19 and ever since her life has been a roller coaster. She has done really well for monthes at a time then gone back and found that it has spread. She has had her colon removed as well as most of her reproductive organs. She now has spots on her lungs. She needs to be doing chemo and radiation alternating because she is so tiny. She has now found treatment to be too much of a financial burden. She is now ineligible for her parents insurance and cannot find anyone willing to insure her due to her prexisting condition. She is such a fighter and I cant imagine her losing her fight to finances. Her church has had a spaghetti dinner for donations to her but that wont last long with the high costs of treatment. Are there any resources that anyone knows of, or financial assitance available out there that she may not be aware of?

shmurciakova's picture
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Joined: Dec 2002

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I am going to cut and paste your message onto the Colon Cancer discussion group. I think you will get alot more responses. It is the most active forum on this board. I am also a colon cancer survivor, but I was able to have the two lung mets that I had removed surgically. I am sure others on the colon cancer forum will be able to help you much more than I can!
Please take care,

nanuk's picture
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Joined: Dec 2003

Subject: Re: Please Help Young Cancer Survivor
Message: Have they called the American Cancer Society? They might be the most likely to know of organizations that can help. If she is disabled, she might also be eligible for Social Security Disability.I know St. Jude's accepts patients regardless of thier ability to pay, but not sure they would consider her.. bud

albamasurviver's picture
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Joined: Sep 2004

Im sorry for your friend, I will pray for her. She should try SSI or try getting on Disability. Both have medicade and medicare for their insurance

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