Now, Barbara needs our help. She is battling Stage 4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. This diagnosis came after several months, and 5 hospital stays at 3 different hospitals. Barbara has just finished her first round of treaments at UAB Hopsital in Birmingham, where the doctors, nurses, and staff have been wonderful. The doctors expect that she will need a total of 6 treatments. Each treatment could possibly entail a hospital stay of 5 - 7 days, with 2 - 3 weeks between treatments. Barbara's co-pay for EACH DAY at UAB Hopsital is $150. Her first visit lasted 3 weeks. Two weeks during the diagnostic phase, and one week during the treatment phase.
Because the cancer attacked her spinal cord, Barbara has been unable to walk for a few months. Thinking at first that the disabilty was caused by neuropathy, combined with a couple of falls, Barbara was sent to a rehab facility back in September. Despite therapy, her condition only worsened. Also, due to improper care at this facility, she develped a pressure sore, which is still not healed.
Currently, Barbara is undergoing therapy at Extendicare Health Center in Dothan, Alabama. The therapists there are working to help her get her strength back, and to heal her pressure sore. The doctors in Birmingham wanted to send her to an acute physical therapy center, which is across the street from UAB Hospital , but she didn't qualify for this because of having the pressure sore. The hope is that she will qualify for this by the time her second round of treatments are finished. This therapy would be more intensive, with the goal of helping her to become mobile once again.
Barbara's insurance only covers 20 days per year in a rehab facility. 16 of those days were wasted at her first rehab facility, so her insurance will only fully cover 4 more days of treatment. After that, EACH DAY she will owe a co-pay of $150. Since her insurance initially approved 8 days at Extendicare, $600 was due at the time of admittance. If the insurance company approves more days, these will be at a cost of $150 PER DAY.
In addition to all these costs, because Barbara is unable to get in a car, she has to be transported by ambulance to and from the hospital. The trip to Birmingham was almost $1000, and insurance only covered about $300 of that. This is in addition to several other ambulance transportations to and from the other hospitals and her first rehab facility.
Barbara and her husband, George (who also has serious health issues), live on a fixed income. If you are able to help, even with a small donation, we would greatly appreciate it. In this way, we can ensure that Barbara has the most stress-free and comfortable recovery possible. Other ways you can help include sharing this GoFundMe account, visiting Barbara during her stay at Extendicare, or by calling or texting Barbara for moral support. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and a huge thank you to everyone who has provided support thus far, whether financial or otherwise. We appreciate all of our family and friends! LET'S HELP BARBARA KICK CANCER TO THE CURB!!!
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