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    Welcome to WhatNext, I hope you're doing as well as can be. There are lots of people here willing to answer any questions and offer support. Just as on the questions page.

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    walshmeister asked a questionPancreatic Cancer

    Since I've been dealing with this diagnosis and had to make a few runs to the ER

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      JaneA

      Our United Healthcare Medicare Advantage plan now covers air ambulance just like regular ambulance (of course, when medically necessary) with the same copay - $250.00. Look at your insurance policy - it might cover it and you don't know it.

      11 months ago
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      This is another reminder for me to enroll in our local Life Flight service from Vanderbilt. It's a small price to pay if you need the service. Those charges are all over the place, one friend had one that was almost 80K. It would take a long time to pay off that bill at 150.00 a year, which is what our service fee is annual.

      11 months ago
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      I used to think that nobody used these services, but we always have helicopters flying over our house. I found out that we are under the flight path between our hospital and the largest trauma center in the state where most go. They are flying over everyday. So it's possible that any of us could wind up needing them.

      11 months ago
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    This is all true. Be thankful if you have any or all of these.

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    walshmeister asked a questionPancreatic Cancer

    I see that Alex Trebeck is not doing well.

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      Don't give up hope for Alex Trebeck. He's a fighter!!! I am one of those rare birds. In October of 2000 I was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. I had surgery where they removed 40% of my pancreas. The tumor attached itself to my spleen so they removed my entire spleen and a slice of my left kidney. They also removed 5 lymph nodes. The cancer spread to only the first lymph node. I had 24 hours of chemo therapy for 5 weeks. They implanted a port in my chest, and I carried a pump on my hip which had a cartridge of 5fu chemo which was pumping the chemo into my body 24 hours a day...non-stop for 5 weeks. I also had radiation 5 days a week during the same 5 weeks as chemo. I can only describe it as brutal. I was crawling on my hands and knees until I could get up enough strength to stand and walk. It was all this along with my persistence and determination that helped me to survive. I would fight with a passion everything this disease tried to do to me. After 19 years of pancreatic cancer being free...in March of 2019 I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. They removed 25% of my stomach, part of my small intestine, 7 lymph nodes which were clear, and they re-routed the intestine into a different part of my stomach. I did 2 weeks of chemo therapy, and quit. I told them "no more." In just 2 weeks of chemo I developed red hand/red feet which I had 20 years ago as well. My hands were so red and sore I could hardly pick up a utensil to eat. My feet were red and sore. I developed a large sore on both of my big toes. They pretty much healed, but I still have a sore on the outside of my left foot near my little toe. I am fighting this stomach cancer, and will beat it just like I did the first time. It is nothing compared to pancreatic cancer. My best to you and others...Russ

      about 1 year ago
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      Russ, you are absolutely right about Alex being a fighter and I hope he has the same outcome as you had!! Keep fighting!

      about 1 year ago
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      In all of the years that he has been a public figure, he has been a gentleman always. People who know him well can only say positive things about him. So well respected. Praying for his recovery from this bump in the road.

      about 1 year ago