Please help! Breast Cancer Survivor Needs Medical Device
Hello. I am a 3 1/2 year survivor of breast cancer and a widow and a child still at home. In 2008, I had to have a double mastectomy and lymph nodes removed from both sides. The next day, they had to do another lymph node dissection because they found cancer in the lymph nodes they removed. No one had ever informed me about lymphedema risks and the fact that 35% of breast cancer patients get it to some degree. When the lymph nodes are removed due to breast cancer, fluid builds up in the affected area which for me is my arms, chest, ribs, underarms, and back. I have severe lymphedema in my torso area and lighter lymphedema in my arms. I have bought and tried many, many different compression garments and devices but none work.
I lived in a large city before moving back to rural Louisiana where I grew up. In the large cities, there are doctors that can manually drain the fluid that accumulates. In rural America, not so much, in fact, not at all. My insurance company has finally preauthorized the purchase and certified the medical necessity of the lymph jacket and pump. Unfortunately, I just found out my co-pay is quite expensive. The device costs $14,000 and my co-pay before year end is $1800 and will go up to my full deductible of $3,500 starting Jan. 1. I have gone through my savings and even my retirement accounts after my husband's death and all of my numerous surgeries due to breast cancer and simply cannot afford the $1800.
This lymph jacket will be used by me several times a week for the rest of my life. It will keep the fluid from accumulating in my torso which limits my daily life as well as the things I can do with my child. The pain that occurs from the fluid accumulation is so bad that it becomes so overwhelming. Driving for any distance longer than an hour and flying in a plane both cause the lymphedema to get worse so my travel is limited. Constant pain changes who you are - something I learned from my late husband through all of his illness and disability after the Vietnam War. I do not want to live with pain any longer and this device is a simple, though expensive, way to eliminate this pain and this problem. It will allow me to live a normal life, just hook up to this machine for 30 minutes a day and I'll be good as new. You can read info on this medical device at the URL below.
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This will truly be the gift that keeps on giving. It will be used for the rest of my life. To cover my co-pay, I need $1,800 dollars before 12/31/11. On 1/1/12 my insurance deductible will go back up to $3,500 so buying this jacket before 12/31 is critical for me.
You can contribute one of two ways:
(1) You can call the medical supply company directly that I am buying the jacket from at (337) 893-0181, contact name is Shauna, company is Patients Care Medical Supply in Abbeville, who can take you donation over the phone; or
(2) Donate online at http://www.indiegogo.com/Breast-Cancer-Survivor-Needs-Medical-Device