I'm a 20 year old woman with a husband and an 18 month old daughter. Around 11 months ago I was formally diagnosed with a grade three anaplastic astrocytoma, and I am now 8 weeks pregnant. Stressful, I know. It's not exactly ideal to have your birth control fail you during cancer treatment. Fortunately, we are well insured by state health insurance so I get the treatments recommended for me. While my doctors don't hesitate to show concern for the situation, they do not show hopelessness, so neither do I. I plan on continuing my pregnancy. Before pregnancy my treatments seemed to be helping in at least small ways, but nothing that would cause my tumor to be removable for a long time, if ever. Now, my treatment is of course free of radiation and such, and I have been feeling withdrawls very strongly. I believe this is temporary, and that I can complete my pregnancy successfully. As for our financial state. We have several types of food assistance, and are getting all the help available to lower class people like us. But the copays have begun adding up slowly over the past 11 months. First it was $70.00, then $300.00, then $700.00, then $1,400.00... I don't need to go on further. We are stuck in the purgatory of being between dead broke and stable. "Just make money," they say. "Work more." Well, I have cancer, and unfortunately I'm unable to work. I spend my days with my husband and daughter except for when he's at work and I'm usually alone or watching my daughter IF I feel capable (which is not very often), otherwise she is babysat. My husband works his ass off, but he isn't making enough money for all the things our insurance decided wasn't "necessary." Like an EKG, or an extra scan, or extra ultrasound, or extra NST. I'll end this here. Thank you.