But truth be known, cancer takes a horrible toll on the person inflicted as well as the people around him or her. Physically, emotionally, financially.
I know this because I’ve been there, done that, heck, I’ve got the T-shirt.
We had barely dug ourselves out of the last financial hole that was the fallout of my 2006 Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis when we were hit with my January 2011 Stage 4 diagnosis.
Yes, we have insurance. Yes, it’s what many people would consider “good health care coverage.”
Yet, in spite of that, the week before last, we rang up $2,000 in health care co-pays.
Think of that. Two thousand dollars — $1,000 a piece for two individual “outpatient surgeries” — my lung biopsy and the insertion of my chemo port.
Then, combine that with my immediate, decreased ability to work (I was at the hospital pretty much every day in January and barely got in a lick of work) and therefore generate income as part of our two-income household, and you can see how quickly a cancer patient and his or her family can sink into the red. And imagine how helpless that feels. How terrifying.
I’m one of the lucky ones. Yes, I said lucky.
I have the kind of occupation and work for the kind of big-hearted, compassionate people who can accommodate my setback and are willing to stand by me until I’m healthy again.
I’m a free-lance writer and editor and able to work from home. So, I can, have been, and will continue to do as much work as I’m able. But I know, of course, my health comes first and my main job is to Get Better.
To take some of the pressure off and help us stay afloat, my long-time, cherished friend Kristi Rugh Kahl (the Bean Counter of Team Amy!) has organized a Cosmic Bowling Night & Silent Auction Benefit in my honor on Friday night, March 18, 2011, at the SuperBowl in Canton, Michigan.
Save the date and join the fun (I’ll be there!) at the Super Bowl, 45100 Ford Rd, Canton, MI 48187. The cost is $20 per person, which includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, two slices of pizza and pop. During the festivities, be sure to take a peek and make a bid on items in the silent auction. Try your luck in the raffle, perhaps bring home a door prize.
Check-in time is 6:30 p.m. Bowl from 7 to 9 p.m. — glow bowling from 7 to 8 p.m. See some old friends and make some new ones.
For event and ticket information, e-mail Kristi at KristiKahl@comcast.net.
I’ll be blogging more about the financial side of cancer very soon. There’s too much to say to do it justice in a single blog post.
Right now, though, I’ve got to get back to Life, Unscripted. I’m on my way to my son’s Elementary School Round-up Night.
Copyright 2011, Amy Rauch Neilson