I have been reasonably fortunate with chemo side effects mainly experiencing fatigue and shortness of breath. I have received prescriptions for some very good drugs to keep nausea and GI problems at bay.
The shortness of breath symptom however became progressively more troublesome and my oncologist ordered a chest CT scan last week and it showed several small pulmonary emboli. Blood clots can be a side effect of chemotherapy. I have been started on injectable Fragmin, an anti-coagulant that I inject myself with daily for the next several months. It is the only anti-coagulant that I can use during my treatment.
Unfortunately, my extended Health care coverage with Blue Cross has been used up for this year due in part to the expensive drugs I have already received for side effects. British Columbia Pharmacare will not help with costs of prescriptions until I surpass a high deductible. Fragmin is a very expensive drug that will cost me out of pocket $1,260 a month which is 40% of my net income. I have explored all avenues with the BC Cancer agency for any other ways to help with this cost and there are none. That is why I am initiating this Gofundme campaign to help pay for this expensive but very necessary drug.
A bit about myself. I am a retired registered nurse and my entire nursing career I worked in northern Canada. My nursing spanned from remote outpost nursing stations to a staff nurse for over 25 years at Whitehorse General Hospital in the Yukon. My speciality was Pediatrics but I was able to work in many areas of this small wonderful northern hospital.
I have enjoyed good health all my life until recently and now I have a much better understanding of being a patient rather the health care provider.
It is difficult to ask family and friends to contribute but it is an extraordinary circumstance and hopefully only temporary. Any extra funds contributed over my goal will be used for any other required prescriptions drugs I may require.
My breast cancer battle continues after the chemo with further surgery late fall and then radiation. I feel very positive about beating this and that I will be healthy and strong with a full head of hair by this time next year!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!