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Battling Cancer Without Insurance

Battling Cancer Without Insurance

Hello,my name is Chris Robinson. Up until a year or so ago life was going really smooth. I had just saved up enough to take quit my job and presue my dreams of snowboarding and exploring the great state of alaska,all was grand until i got home and went to the doctor to have a nagging pain in my back checked out. Boy was i suprised to find out that the pain in my back was Testicular Cancer! so at that moment i found my self living in a camper with a depleated savings account, no job or insurance staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. I was looking at surgery, labs, months of chemotherphy, ct scans, biopsies, and more perscription drugs and doctor visits than i could've imagined. I found myself feeling pretty helpless. The Stars alligned for me though, the hospital donated most of my services, a good friend let me and my girlfriend stay in there house for my entire treatment, and through generous donations from the community,i started treatment. It wasn't fun, i hurt constintly and i was grumpy, and i had a hard time keeping food down, i lost all my hair, lost 40 pounds, they took my testies both of them, and the surgery left 27 staples in my stomach, i got poked with more neddles than i'd rather remember....but, i made it, Remission. I found a job, started exercising again,moved into a house and life was once again pretty sweet. Then it happened, it started with an abnormal blood test result, then a ct scan and now a ct assisted biopsy. Its back, and now the cancer is in my lympatic system. I find myself staringing in to that same loaded gun....but this time the treatment isn't going to be so light. I'm looking at several rounds of high dose cheotherphy, the kind you have to be hospitalised for, then a bone marrow transplant witch will take me 2-4 months to recover from, now i have a team of doctors trying to help and more perscriptions and labs and ct scans than i could've imagined, seems last time was a warm up for the main event. My doctors are optimistic they can fix me but there are some major hurdles, mainly the fact that i have no insurance. you see the hospital i need to go see for the bone marrow transplant that will save my life, won't see me till i have insurance, and because i have already had a bout with cancer i'm not eligible for normal insurance because i have a pre existing condition. my options are get on state insurance or pay really high premiums for the next six months till i clear the pre-existing condition clause standard in the insurance industry. I have a team of advocates working on my behalf trying to get me into every program for witch i might be eligiable (ssi,ssd,ohp,omip...etc.) but right now all i can think about is the fact that i'm losing the next 6+ months of my life, i'm not gonna be able to work, play or do much of anything. Honestly, for the first time, i'm a little scared. So here i am knowing i'm not going to be able to work, and if i can not enough to pay for the roof over my head, that my medical bills are going to be way over my head, hoping i can get medical insurance and realizing that i need help and lots of it. I posted my situation on my facebook page and the outpouring of support was overwelming, everyone wanted to help or had an idea, or a story or just wanted to help me feel better. One of my friends suggested i start a fundraising page, so here i am putting my story out there hoping that anyone that can help will, and felling very blessed and humbled that anyone would or could help me.thank you everyone,I love you all!Chris

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