Heather's Medical Fund

No one wants to hear the words "you have cancer", but that's what ended up happening to me.  My name is Heather and I'm a writer and storyteller who also serves as the primary caregiver for my family of three (if you include the furbaby, which I do).  I noticed the lump a year ago October, but because I don't have medical insurance I didn't see a doctor about it until February, by which time the lump had become a mass that was rather dramatically visible on my neck.

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Lymphoma.   Even once we knew that it was cancer and that it was treatable, it took until June to see a doctor who was able to help, July before I could begin any treatment.  We were lucky, sort of.  We were keeping ahead of the costs.  But now I need to start on an additional medication, one that's going to cost over $400 per treatment and I'll need four treatments in the first month and then one a month after that.  As well as the blood tests and the scans.  And travel costs.  And this presumes that nothing goes wrong or comes up unexpectedly.

I need to start on the new medication soon.  Within a week at least.  And once I start I can't go more than 10 days between the initial treatments.  But I can't start unless I have access to the money for it.

Cancer's awful.  And having to ask for help, especially with the financial costs, is awful.  But I need your help.  Thank you.
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Organizer

Heather Varley 
Organizer
Grapeland, TX
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