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Help a Teacher Facing Cancer

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Lisa Evans has spent over 35 years as a teacher for thousands of young people, giving of herself to future generations.

Over her career she has taught in schools in:

Ohio
Seoul South Korea
Benson, Arizona
Desert Hot Springs, California
Quito, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Las Vegas, Nevada

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But years of deteriorating health has physically torn her down. Diabetes, kidney, eye and bladder diseases and developing complications have left her permanently in a wheel chair. Her problems were complicated by issues with her health insurance. Because she spent eight years teaching outside of the USA she was not eligible for disability or subsidized health insurance in the US, so when her last employment’s health coverage expired, Lisa and her husband Richard were forced to cash in their retirement funds to cover three years of her expensive health treatments.

She is now covered by Medicare and Medicaid, but this does not cover all needs or expenses. Lisa’s and Richard’s retirement and savings are gone and their medical bills have put them tens of thousands of dollars in debt.

Now the latest blow has hit. A cancerous mass the size of a softball has been found near her cervix. She faces weeks of daily radiation sessions and chemotherapy just as a starting point. Her Medicare and Medicaid does not cover all of her expenses, and family resources to cover the extra costs are exhausted.

In particular transportation is an issue as she cannot be transported in normal vehicles – her present condition requires special powered wheelchair capable medical transport - for at least six weeks of daily radiation therapy and is only partially covered by insurance. Additionally, copays for medications will mount up during the course of chemotherapy as well as months of follow up treatment.

We are reaching out to our thousands of family, friends and the many souls that Lisa has touched during the course of her teaching career. We have an initial goal of $12,400 to help pay for her uncovered transportation, treatments and medicine costs for the course of her radiation treatments.

If you can help – please do.

We are asking for a standard donation of $20. More is fantastic, but anything helps. $10, $5, even just $1.

Please send what you can – well wishes, prayers and money, whatever is in your heart to spare. Literally anything will help to keep her up physically as well as spiritually.

And please share this plea.

God bless you, and God bless Lisa.
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Just venting - this is the perfect example of what is wrong with Health Care in the USA.

So Lisa is covered by Medicare and Medicaid. If she was covered only by Medicaid - her medical transportation would be provided at no cost. That is transportation in a medical transport van round trip 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks just for the first phase of radiation therapy.

But no, she is covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. So Medicaid won't pay for transportation - they say it is Medicare's responsibility. Medicare will only pay for 12 such medical transportations one way only each year. Those transportations have already been used because of all the medical appointments and tests Lisa has needed.

There are free services available for Cancer patients - through organizations like the American Cancer Society and others - but they only provide transportation in regular vehicles - because of her mobility needs Lisa can't use them.

So Lisa has medical insurance, but it doesn't cover the services she needs.

Countries like the UK and Canada have universal health care, and as a society they spend a little over $5,000 per person on health care. The US has millions of people with no health coverage - millions more like Lisa who have only partial coverage - and the country spends over $10,000 per person on health care.

True, the medical systems in Canada and the UK have their own issues, but there is a stark disparity. Politicians and political parties and drug lobbyists shout and point fingers while the people who need care find their savings and retirement destroyed - and too often die because they can't access the timely care they need.

Again, I am venting. Somehow we need to take politics out of health care. In my view Republicans, Democrats and lobbyists are part of the problem - with no real solution possible. Unfortunately, I am not smart enough to know how to take the politics out of it so that Americans can get the health care they should expect.

We are still exploring options so we can only work and hope and pray a solution will present itself.

God bless.
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Hello all - just an update on how things are going with Lisa... to this point, we are still waiting, hoping and desperately keeping our fingers and toes crossed, since most of the key things happen over the next two weeks.

The PET scan is rescheduled for this coming Tuesday, so the follow up appointments with the oncologist and the radiologist have been pushed back.

So it is now the first week in May when we will find out the final details on how extensive the cancer is. We still know we are *probably* looking at two phases of radiation therapy - a First Phase of external radiation 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks, followed by Phase 2 where they use radioactive agents implanted in the body. Details about timing, Chemo and other possible treatments will wait until we get the full news.

As you can expect, Lisa is having good and bad days. Well wishes are a great pick up for her and if you send messages to her. I can read them to her. Thank you for everybody who has sent well wishes. Thanks to everybody who has helped with her GoFundMe campaign, either in donating or just by sharing and spreading the word.

All together, we can help Lisa beat this.

Richard
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Hi, this is Richard, with an update on Lisa. She asks me to do most of the writing and reading for her now. She has Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Cataracts and things are just a blur for her these days.

Thursday we are hoping and praying was simply a delay, and not a setback. She was scheduled for a PET Scan – a key test to see if her cancer has spread to other parts of her body. Its results will be a key element in determining how bad Lisa’s cancer really is, and provides key information on how Lisa’s future treatment will play out.

In a PET Scan the patient receives a carefully prepared serum filled with radioactive elements, which is designed specifically to break down quickly so it has only a short usable time span. She then undergoes a CT Scan – in Lisa’s case, a full body scan. The radioactive elements make cancer cells glow like Christmas lights on the CT results.

Lisa requires special transportation – and Thursday morning the van was late. Then there was a delay with traffic. Lisa ended up being an hour late to the test location. The serum for her had expired, so she could not take the test. The earliest date to reschedule the test is in two weeks.

Her treatment has to be delayed two weeks because the medicos need to know the results before they finalize how they are going to do the radiation. This is not in any way good. We desperately hope that this delay is not bad. We are hoping and praying that this delay does not give time for the cancer to increase and spread. We are also working with Lisa’s Oncologist and the insurance people to see if there is some other provider who can get this done faster.

I will keep everybody updated as we go along.

For those who have not yet heard, I have started a GoFundMe Campaign to help raise money for medical and other costs not covered by insurance. We have an initial goal of $12,400 to help pay for her uncovered transportation, treatments and medicine costs for the course of her radiation treatments.

If you can help – please do.

We are asking for a standard donation of $20. More is fantastic, but anything helps. $10, $5, even just $1.

Please send what you can – well wishes, prayers and money, whatever is in your heart to spare. Literally anything will help.

And please share this plea.

God bless you, and God bless Lisa.
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To all our family and friends...

Ladies! Please, do not avoid getting your PAP Smear. Early detection is key for cervical cancer!

Tomorrow Lisa is undergoing a PET Scan to determine if the cancer has spread. A Biopsy sample has been taken and next Thursday, April 18 we should know exactly what we are facing in Lisa's cancer.

We have started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay with those expenses of her transportation, radiation, chemotherapy and other costs not covered by insurance. Please help if you can!
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