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    HollyG wrote on mylight's wall

    Hi! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I'm also from Cape and had stage IIA breast cancer also. If you have any questions or need an ear to listen, please let me know.

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    I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I too was HER2, ER, and PR positive. If you have any questions or need an ear to listen, please shoot me a message. Sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

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    HollyG asked a questionBreast Cancer

    I'm looking for some advice on finances. Even though I've been paying on my bills every month, my hospital is taking me to court.

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      Check with the hospital to see if they have a way to help you with the bills. I know for me I had a tough time paying because not only did I have 2 surgeries for ovarian cancer but I also have had 2 heart surgeries and a heart catheritization which has financially strapped me. The hospital I had my surgeries in have a financial counseler who sat down with me and looked at my income and my debts and was able to help me. It turns out that Lancaster General Hospital has an assistance plan for people in financial need and my bills were wiped out. Not only that, they gave me 1 year of medical assistance so I can see any doctor associated with their hospital and I don't have to worry about being billed for the services. They said they have this program for people with life threatening illnesses who cannot go without being under a doctors care. This has taken a huge weight off my shoulders because I didn't know how I would ever be able to pay what I owed which was about a combined total of $47,000 for the 4 surgeries and the cath not to mention the appointments. My doctors also agreed to waive their fees which is amazing. Now I have the time to get my heart healthy and fight the cancer without worrying about affording to see 8 doctors a year plus all the tests I get every 3 months. I hope you get the help you need and try not to worry. I know how scary financial problems can be but there are people and places to help.

      over 8 years ago
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      This is far too complicated for a simple answer. For some people, filing bankruptcy is financially advantageous. For others it might be qualifying for Medicaid or SSI. I would suggest you start by looking for a local legal assistance organization that can give you advice. Even if they win the suit, they will get a judgment for what you owe. They actually legally already have that, so being sued doesn't really change anything.

      over 8 years ago
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      Derbygirl is right. The hospital can offer you financial assistance. You call the financial debt at the hospital and request the application. Fill out the application, include tax information, and other financial information. I have helped my adult children file for assistance, and they have had their debts completely forgiven this way. Again. This takes time. My husband and I did not qualify, because he has too much money invested in his pension.

      Do not ignore this judgement threat. I had a judgement against me for $40, because I refused to pay in full for alterations on my wedding gown. The woman didn't finish the job as agreed. I thought I could win, so I went to court. That judgement really lowered my credit score and was on my record for 8 years.

      over 8 years ago
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    HollyG wrote on believer's wall

    I saw your question and I just wanted to come to your page and say hi. It is very scary in the beginning, but you get much less fearful as time goes on. You'll learn how amazingly strong and resilient you are. I'm sending prayers your way!

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      Holly, thank you so much for the encouragement. I still have fear, but the reasons behind it changes constantly. Up until this happened, I was the caregiver for my husband who had a brainstem stroke in 2009. Although classified as disabled, my husband has come a long way and surpassed all that was expected of him. He has asked me to stand aside and let him take care of me, it is hard to do after such a long period of making all the decisions, but I've agreed.
      Thank you for your prayers as we can never have enough.

      over 8 years ago
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    Celebration (Finished treatment): We went out to dinner with several friends and have had many celebratory moments since.