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Paulette’s Medical Expenses

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It is extremely difficult for me to ask for help, especially when it comes to asking for money. But, this is not for me. This is for my mother. So I’m going WAY out of my comfort zone and asking for help. 

My mother was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in September. Days before her first surgery, the medical facility called her telling her the total out of pocket would be around $27,000 which is vomit inducing. It doesn’t even cost that much to have twins cut out of your stomach and this was a small, out patient, procedure. Mom was going to put money down over the phone but they told her it wasn’t good enough. The surgery was then canceled and her surgeon, insurance company and general practitioner were all working on it to find a solution. They were able to get her oop estimated to about $10,000. We haven’t received the bills for all of that yet to know the actual final total. 

After surgery, the results came in that the cancer was in her limphnodes as well so she would be needing both chemo and radiation as opposed to just radiation treatment. More things she has to pay for. She also found out the margines did not come back clear on the lump that was removed. So, now she has to have a second surgery that she also has to pay for. The day before surgery, we were notified by the hospital that they were going to charge the $27,000 again and that paying the amount up front that my mother could afford, wasn’t enough. The procedure wouldn’t be performed. We are currently trying to work things out but surgery has once again been postponed. 



  • Linda Stevens
    • $20 
    • 5 yrs


Stephanie Owens
Buckeye, AZ

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