Because of the nature of HER2+ cancer, my treatment is ongoing. Currently, I'm taking Capecitabine and Tykerb in hopes that they will cross the blood/brain barrier. The expense for those is close to $10,000/month. Thankfully, it is mostly covered by insurance and we've been able to obtain financial assistance for the co-pay.
However, my husband's work insurance has changed for 2018. There is a question whether or not my chemo meds will continue to be covered. And, the assistance for my monthly co-pay is on a first-come-first-served basis, so there is no guarantee as to how long it will continue.
My other regular expenses include monthly visits to my oncologist, MRI scans every 2 months, Echocardiograms about every 4-6 months.
In addition, since March 2017, I've been experiencing sciatica in my right leg. My oncologist gave me the go-ahead to see my chiropractor. In November, I had a spine x-ray which showed I have scoliosis. I'm now undergoing intensive chiropractic care which is only covered on a limited basis of 24 visits/year. As a result, much of my treatment costs will be out-of-pocket.
We've been having difficulty managing payments for my deductible, as well as covering the $2,000 of medical expenses (Gamma Knife doctor fees and renting an oxygen condenser for three months) we found out recently had NOT been covered during 2015. And now, with the $250/month payments for my chiropractic care, we're struggling and getting behind.
Any size of donation will be MUCH appreciated.
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