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Help a Teacher Facing Cancer

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Raised by 24 people in 3 months
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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One Step Forward and One Step Back…

Great news – kinda – then no. First our radiology oncologist said Lisa’s Phase One Radiation was completed. Wow! We thought it was going to be extended another couple of weeks – but no – done! Cue celebration dance music!

Except after a day of rechecking some scans he comes back and says we really need to do a few more sessions to concentrate some radiation on some of Lisa’s lymph nodes. Not good news, because the lymph nodes are where Lisa’s cancer can quickly change from curable to “making her final months more comfortable.” Crossing fingers, toes and anything else I can.

And then there is the Radiation Phase Two. Did I say I hate our medical system? Hate? Loath?

So the medical insurance approves treatment at several hospitals in Las Vegas. However none of them provide facilities that can host the treatment Lisa needs. Oh they could, but for whatever reason they don’t like to do it – too many people required to coordinate too many stages. Other hospitals do this, but not the ones covered by the insurance.

Now this radiation treatment has been approved by the insurance, so the Oncologist, Radiologist and Physicist have to submit for treatment at the hospital which won’t do it, have it turned down, THEN they have to submit to the insurance for permission to go to another hospital.

Great. No stress.

And by the way – for all of you who have reached out with a good word or kind thought, thank you so much for your support. For those who have helped with time or money – thank you so very much.

Please if it is within your heart please share our GoFundMe Campaign.

And God Bless You All on this beautiful Saturday, and God Bless Lisa.
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And Then There Were Two…

I am putting this in the category of supporting my wife – because I am now hobbled.

It sounds like something Lisa would experience – a simple blister on the bottom of my foot turned into an abscess, which got infected, which turned into cellulitis, and now I am stuck with bandages and antibiotics and bed rest. Yeah right – bed rest -that’ll be the day. Except the doc is making rude suggestions of hospitalization if I don’t behave myself. Me getting hospitalized at this point in Lisa’s radiation therapies would definitely go under the category of “a bad thing.”

So we are quite a pair at the moment – the lame leading the cripple. I am sure Confucius would have something wise in advice to share for this situation, but I am really not in the mood.
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When the Side Effects Get Worse

We were warned that the side effects would get worse as the radiation continued, would peak in the last week and would still remain for 1-2 weeks after radiation ended.

Yeah, they are getting worse. I do the best I can in preparing Lisa's meals, but she still spends time - hours at times in the bathroom. The doctor's have prescribed an array of medicines to help her stomach and digestion, but, well...

At least both of us are losing weight.

Just under two more weeks of the first stage of radiation, so the worst days are facing us.

Of course that assumes the first stage is not extended. The insurance company has approved the 2nd Phase/High Radiation - but still having issues on where it can be done. Best case Lisa can do it as an outpatient. Middle case it gets done but with Lisa in a hospital for up to a week. Worst case it can't get done and they extend the low dose radiation for weeks more. Lisa has an important meeting with her head Radiation Oncologist on Tuesday. We are hoping the tests show the cancer mass is shrinking and everything is looking good, and all of this medical/insurance/radiation/pharmacy nightmare has been worth it.

We ask for good thoughts and prayers guys, as so many of you have. Please share our GoFund Me Campaign if you have it in your hearts to do so. My new job has helped the financial impact but of course no benefits for 6 months... so we are still working under very limited options. It is tough, when you have to scramble to make sure Lisa has the $6 in cash (exact change) every day. It does not sound like much, but with a score of little items all the time - medical pads, pharmacy and medical co-pays, always just a few dollars each time, but by the end of the week they are hundreds of dollars.
Any thing, anything at all helps. Thank you all.

God Bless You All and God Bless Lisa
Richard
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Pharmacy Issues Part Two

So it seems that the physician accidentally wrote a prescription for Lisa's pain medicine with the wrong date - 2016 instead of 2018. In the old days the Pharmacy could have just called the office and verify, but not under the new Opiod addiction prevention systems.

So another doctor at the office had to write a new script so I could pick it up and take it to the pharmacy this morning before work. The pharmacy *again* has to call the Dr's office to verify it is a valid prescription. If everything goes well - I can pick it up tonight after work.

Because I can spend an extra 4 hours getting a prescription, because pulling down a full-time job while being the primary caregiver for a mostly blind, wheelchair bound cancer patient leaves me with loads of extra time to spend doing this...

Grrrr

Bless you all and God Bless Lisa

Richard
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