“At the end of October my insurance was dropped. With all that going on — already devastated — I was scheduled for surgery during the first week of November 2018.”
I found out I had colon cancer in July 2018. At the time, I had been working a full time job for almost 4 years and had good standing with the company. When I got sick, I had to use my vacation time, then my sick time, then I got FMLA.
Come October 2018, they said they were letting me go. At the end of October my insurance was dropped. With all that going on — already devastated — I was scheduled for surgery during the first week of November 2018. Trying to deal with the surgery and having chemo was all way too much.
During the rest of November and December, I tried to recover. I had a cut from the top of my breast all the way past my belly button and over 20-something staples. Knowing I didn't have insurance, I took my own staples out — another emotional roller coaster. I was looking for insurance, but they all wanted a lot of money and were not covering the cancer. I was able to see the oncologist this past April because they said it was part of my follow up. I had my surgery at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, TX. The oncologist’s office is at Westover Hills.
I don't have insurance, so I have not been able to be seen by doctors. But, I have been having a really bad headache for a few weeks now and congestion and chest pain. Back in April, I was told the colon cancer had spread to my lungs that I also had it in my liver. But what can I take to help with this pain?
I have been so low, too, that I just do not care anymore and am tired of fighting this emotional rollercoaster. It's been so overwhelming.
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