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Shafted by Radio Shack

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Raised by 51 people in 23 months
My loyal sister Audrey worked for the Radio Shack corporate office for over 30 years and came to be respected and trusted by everyone she came in contact with while she was there. She did everything a responsible person should do by working hard and purchasing all of the insurance that she could afford.  This was all well and good until   Audrey lost her job in a round of layoffs on May 31 while she was on life support.

See, a couple of weeks earlier,  she went to the hospital with some symptoms that she didn't know were caused by Non-Hogkins Lymphoma.  She received her first round of chemo and shortly thereafter everything went haywire. She suffered a perforated stomach  that nearly killed her, which led to a massive sepsis infection. All of her major organs shut down as her body reeled from the shock.  Audrey made it through the life-saving surgery and is off of all of the machines now, but still has a long way to go before they can even think about treating her cancer.

If all of that wasn't enough of a burden,  despite the initial promise of being able to keep her insurance through COBRA, there is no COBRA for their laid-off employees. That means no insurance for anyone. And since she was initially advised that the ex-employees would receive COBRA benefits, we did not hit a critical window of opportunity to purchase insurance in enough time to get her coverage for what she is going through now. This is leaving her with no insurance to cover her for the in-patient rehab he needs to get back on her feet. In addition, she lost her sick days, personal days and vacation days she earned because of how Radio Shack handled this downsizing.

The whole thing makes us so angry!! Oh, and even though Audrey didn't love to broadcast it, her husband had been out of work for a long time.  The good news is that he is working now,  however his insurance doesn't kick in for a while longer. This truly could not have timed out any worse for them. We are facing weeks in the hospital and months in rehab with very few resources. 

The insurance available to Audrey through the open market (Obamacare) will only cover a small portion of what the cost is for the rehab center leaving $250 PER DAY  plus $1 per minute of physical therapy as an out of pocket cost and several months of rehab to get back on her feet. We have investigated many many options and there is simply no good solution for someone in her position.

We are crushed at the response from Radio Shack whose general retort has been, “So sue us”. Audrey sincerely believed that paying into the insurance plan for her entire career would provide support when she needed it the most. She could never have predicted that she’d find herself fighting cancer while unemployed, uninsured and on her own completely.

 Even though we hate to ask, we'd appreciate it if you could help her out with a cash donation to support her in rehab. Any amount would be appreciated.  

Even if you are unable to assist financially, a prayer or any of the other love or healing energy you can send her way is also appreciated.

Thank you for all of your support!

UPDATE:  Thanks to all of you for sharing Audrey's story as often as you did.  Because of the social media pressure they received, Radio Shack found someone to put through the paperwork for Audrey so that she had access to ONE MONTH of  coverage. Thank you for your help!!  We still have so far to go to help  fund rehab so your support, as it was only a single month and Audrey is facing several months of care which will be followed by chemotherapy. Your ongoing love, prayers, energy and shares will help us so much! Thank you.
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During this holiday season we pause to take stock of all that has happened and all we are grateful for. One of our biggest takeaways of the year is how far Audrey has come. From the first day we reached out to all of you to let you know what was happening with her health, she has moved from 100% life support machines, to finishing what we hope to be her last round of chemo and dominating at physical therapy (perhaps there's a little hyperbole there, but she is regaining strength!).


We'd like to take this time to thank all of you who offered support in amounts we never imagined possible. Each prayer, call, text, message and donation to the GoFundMe was so appreciated. As they say, the darker the night, the brighter the stars. Thank you for shining so brightly.

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She's HOME!!!

On April 30, Audrey realized something was wrong with her that required immediate medical attention. She spent the night in the hospital that night, was released in the morning with a promise to have a follow-up with a doctor. Two days later (May 2) she went to an appointment, and then wound up back in the hospital later the same night-where she has been ever since. During this time she was: diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, suffered a nearly life ending stomach rupture, contracted sepsis that comes from such a rupture, ended up on full life support, suffered lung failure, kidney failure, 3 separate massive internal bleeding episodes requiring almost 20 units of blood during the course of her ordeal. In the earliest days she lost her job and her insurance.
We did a fundraiser that, thanks to you, saved her from financial ruin.
We were blessed by your well wishes, and cards, meals, assistance and prayers to get her BACK HOME today. We couldn't have done this without all of your love and support. There are no words to express how thrilled we are and how lucky we are to be surrounded by the kind souls that are in our lives.
Audrey is so relieved to be home and is feeling great. She is still building strength stairs are going to be tricky for a little while yet.
Audrey's road is far from over, but we are all so confident that the chemo will knock the rest of the cancer out of her just as soon as she gets going on the treatment. We will, as usual, keep you in the loop.
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Here is a picture of Audrey sitting in a chair (NOT in a bed!) having breakfast the way she used to. She's been improving every day and getting better faster than anyone expected.

Audrey has been in this rehab center for 8 days and they're ready for an early release next week to the next phase of rehab. In technical terms, she's being promoted from sub-acute to acute rehab. We expected that she'd be here 3-4 weeks in order to be able to build the strength needed to do three hours of day with a physical therapist, but they think she's already ready. Her improvements have been building like a snowball rolling down a mountain. Seriously--she's amazing.

We're not sure where she'll be doing acute rehab, as we're still dealing with insurance struggles, but it's going to be full-blown hard-core work that, by one estimate, will have her home by her birthday (August 26). Yes, that's only one opinion, but with her strength and determination it's a good bet she'll blow out her candles from her favorite seat in the house.

There is a visit next week with her oncologist to learn about the future of her cancer treatment. He said he wouldn't do another dose of chemo until she had done significant healing from all of the procedures and complications, and now we are close to resuming the treatment of her Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Who would have thought that chemo would be the part worth looking forward to?
Yogurt parfait like the old days!
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Good News! With help from your love and prayers Audrey's health is improving, Because of your financial support her security is improving. And because of your social media support, Audrey's story was heard by those who needed to hear it the most, so we no longer have to pay 100% out of pocket for rehab!!

While Audrey's bills are still daunting, we realize that we asked you for help to cover this specific area of her healing. Please understand that we asked of you in good faith based on the information we were repeatedly given. Now that she is mostly covered, we want you to know that if you'd like your donation returned, we completely understand.

Back to her health, Audrey is headed to rehab as soon as all of the new insurance paperwork is completed, which could be as soon as Thursday. Physical Therapy says she could be home and back to walking McGee in around 9 months. And... today, with the assistance of a cardiac walker, she walked 45 feet!

The second round of chemo could begin as early as the end of July and from there she'll be back on a schedule for the following 15 weeks--or four months. Chemo-free by Christmas is a real possibility and would be the best present possible.

Audrey is back to playing her favorite game (Words with Friends, anyone?), reading a little, and excitedly looking forward to more physical therapy.

Thank you thank you all for being there for her!

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