Have you applied for social security disability? You can apply on line and they will get the information from your doctor. I am receiving disability because of my headaches (IH), however I do not get medicare for two years (what I needed the most). They rate cancer high on the list of covered disability reasons. Your medical care will be covered, the hospitals cannot refuse to treat you, even if you have to pay a couple dollars a month. The last thing you need at this time is more stress. If your step brother is OK with you staying, find a doctor in Georgia and start applying for help there. It is more important to have a support system around you than to be worried about finding another couch. Please take care, it is a hard enough journey - Tracy
Kidney Cancer Questions
what to do when you don't even have a place to live?
Asked by rich_47922 on Sunday, March 24, 2013
what to do when you don't even have a place to live?
I have been sleeping on whom evers couch I can I have applied for mediacade in Indiana and was denighed, since then I came down to Georgia and at present staying at my step brothers. I am lost as to what to do, my Mother died 2 summers ago from cancer. And I am scared to face it myself, and as hardheaded as any guy is. Indiana has just this month granted me medicade but in Indiana I have no where up there to live. That is where the why should I care part. My back hurts my knees hurt. Working is about out of the question, I pass blood everytime I sit on the stool, and have done so while urinating as well. Which way do I turn?
17 Answers from the Community
He is ok with me being here but he is the hardest person to be around,there is no support from him,he is a paraniod shisophroinc ( however that is spelled). And they diagnosed this and put me on hold there in Indiana till insurance went through. My brother though I love him is about himself, and wants to argue about everything.this place will not work for me.
Indiana finely gave me medicade, that will help but I am not there no more but that is just a thing. when they diagnosed this they gave me nothing but bad news then gave me 4 months to think about it before they would do anything, and this was after CTscans showing this on my kidney and the spots within my right lung.I do not have to describe the thoughts and feelings I have went through since then. I was and am lost I just walked away from it all, XXX no where to live did not help.
First and foremost hugs and prayers. Tracy took the words right out of my mouth as it were. I am on SSI disability. I used a service called Freedom Disability to help me apply. They charge 6000 or 25% of any back payments, whichever is less. It was so worth the money. I applied in July 2011 and received my first check with included 12 months back pay by the end of Aug (6 weeks after my file was open). SS payed them directly. The package they put together was so comprehensive, and hit every buzz word, etc. They also asked that I be considered disabled as of July 2009, when I go my advanced kidney cancer diagnosed. SS agreed that was the date (I would have pegged me to 12/30/210 when I had my lumpectomy, but could only back date my claim a year from my filling month.
While you are waiting for disability to come through call SS or get on there website and see what services you qualify for also check what the state of Georgia offers. Once you are on disability it is way easier to get state services such as Medicaid, etc.
Good luck sending prayers and healing vibes.
Hello, I read your post and I might be able to direct you to some help. I am an oncology nurse and I always direct my patients to this very important resource. You might find it useful for your problem.
I am attaching a link to NeedyMeds. When you click on the site, on the left of the home page you will see "Diagnosis-Based Assistance." Click on that and then click on "Diagnosis List" which is toward the bottom of that page in blue. Then click on the letter "C" and the first thing on that list is "Cancers-All." There is a huge list of organizations and the services they supply. The first part of that list is National sites and if you look at the Cancer Care Financial Assistance you will see that they provide financial assistance and travel expenses to get to Indiana. After the National sites they go by state in alphabetical order. Scroll down to Indiana, there are about 5 organizations. One of them is called "The Community Cancer Network." This organization provides living expenses. Make sure that you look at all the pertinent national ones to see if others will offer anything else you need. When you return to NeedyMeds homepage, if you click on the brand name drugs in the horizontal green stripe, you can also get chemotherapy and any other drug either discounted with a coupon or your out of pocket expenses reduced by thousands for the chemo. Some drugs are free, as are supplements. Also check out the rebate and discount part in the middle of the green stripe as well for any supplies like personal care products.
Best of luck to you, I hope this will give you some relief. I hope you find your way back to Indiana, Carm RN.
The first step is applying for disability. It's a tough process that I'm going through right now but you have to try. Second, since you are receiving Medicaid then you should have a caseworker assigned to you through the DPW. Talk to them because some states have programs through the DPW to put people in low income housing with assistance. I'd also talk to them about financial assistance and food stamps. Also I'd check with your local American Cancer Society office to see if they may have someone looking for a roommate. I hope everything works out for you but as long as you have caring step brothers that are willing to help then that's a start. Take care.
This community is such a great resource, please keep in touch with us. Cancer is so overwhelming to deal with and it seems like you really need to talk. I call this diagnosis being thrown into an alternate reality, everything gets turned inside out and upside down. We have all been there and many of us have gotten through to the other side. Let us help, Tracy
I am telling you all they scared the XXX outta me and I left Indiana, since then the Medicaid card came in, I have nowhere in Indiana to live.and so far Georgia is no better I am 10 miles from town with no way to go anywhere. I'll apply to everything I can and know and understand most of them. my mother before she retired and got sick with lung cancer was a welfare caseworker for 18 years. today tomorrow and the next is what I am worried about,I can apply to many things but if waiting a month 6 weeks a year for something, that leaves me with the same I do not own this computer and lucky to use it once or twice a week.
You are really having a very rough time of it. Since the situation in Georgia seems to be very tense and you don't feel comfortable living with your step-brother, maybe you should consider moving back to Indiana. Your medicaid card has come trough and that means you have coverage, which is really really important.
I think you need to work through what your options are and the consequences of each one. Once you do that you can figure out where you should live and be treated. I know this is way easier said then done.
Here's a link to a website that lists contact information to organizations that offer financial aid and other health related resources. Good luck.
I hear what you're saying and understand how difficult it must be for you right now. I'm sorry to hear about your mother's loss as well.
I'm Aliza, a Breast Cancer patient, and I'm also a Medical Librarian (retired) who does research and referrals for people on this site and elsewhere.
I read the 9 answers you've already received from members of our community, so I'll try to offer some original ideas and insights that haven't been touched on yet.
One item I don't know is if you're a Veteran. If you are, you're entitled to free medical care at a V.A. hospital and there are other benefits for vets as well, so you may want to get in touch with the Veteran's Administration if this is the case.
I would urge you to phone CancerCare immediately. The Social Workers there are excellent to speak with. They're specifically trained to deal only with Cancer patients and their caregivers (if they have one). It's not seeing a "regular therapist". Plus they may know of other resources to help you.
If I were in your position, I'd take some quiet time ( especially if your step-brother's schizophrenic) out of the house, say the public libary or a Starbucks and go there and think of the pros and cons (make a list) of all of your options (you may want to do this after you speak to a Social Worker so you have more options to choose from). If you went back to Indiana, do you have friends there? If you belonged to a religious community, you could contact your clergyperson and ask if they can help you-these people often know of opportunies in all kinds of organizations that go unnoticed by the average person.
I don't know if you've been treated at all in a hospital in Ga., but if you have, tap into the treating hospital's Social Worker for assistance with your housing situation as well. If you belong to a particular religion, you may want to consider going to meet with a clergyman of your faith in Ga. for assistance and comfort.
I would also urge you to apply for Food Stamps as well, since it doesn't sound like you have a great deal of income. This can be very helpful regardless. In either Indiana especially, if you lived there for any period of time and voted, I would advise you to look up your legislative representatives on both the state and federal levels and contact all of them for advice. They may be able to help you get a fast placement into Section 8 housing, under your rather dire circumstances.
The other thing you can do is to click on the purple box on the right side of this page for a listing of personalized resources for you. Some of them may be helpful.
I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you're having at such a stressful time. Rest assured that this site is a great place to vent, get sympathy and advice from others (which you always have the option of rejectiing...;)) No feelings hurt...:) We've all been there. We all have Cancer and we can all relate!!
I hope you can find a solution to your housing crisis soon. If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please feel free to contact me here by message or email me.
Wishing you the best of luck in a difficult situation,
I am very sorry for all you are going through. Even though you do not have a support group, there are many people willing to help others.
People here are very helpful and already gave you a lot of information. Make the contacts for all the help there is available.
All I can add is my goodwill and my prayers.
Be brave, be positive, things will get better.
Go to the ACS Resource Services, search by zip code or city & state, using drop down Housing - patient: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/supportprogramsservices/app/resource-search or Call:[phone number redacted]
I'm with everyone else get your disability. While you're awaiting there may be some type of men's program you could stay in like Salvation Army, Waterfront Mission,etc. Get with a county social worker of some type who can help you with resources or turn to a church or several if necessary. There is got to be some way of getting to some info. or resources for homeless, disabled people. You might even try the local library and get on the internet and search the local area. Good luck and our prayers are with you.
I used www.binderandbinder.com for Social Security Disability. They take no money unless you win your case. Even if you choose not to use them, their site is very informative. You got good info here. I would definitely speak to a Social Worker ASAP! Get going on this horrible disease and fight! I am sure you are feeling overwhelmed and I am sorry about your mom, but you are not her. Every day you are breathing there is hope. I send my prayers of support. Gd bless you.