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I had a fundraiser in 2014/2015 to raise money for health insurance premiums. Thanks to everyone who donated and helped with the fundraiser – I wish I was more “with it” and reached out to thank each of you individually. This allowed me to get my life saving Bone Marrow Transplant in June 2015, and the medications that I had to be on afterward. Without help, I would not have been able to get my transplant. I lost my job and good insurance a few months after getting sick.

Fast forward to January 2017, 19 months after transplant. I’m now on Medicare, which is horrible. In the state of Nebraska (where I live), the insurance companies are not required to offer disabled people on Medicare under the age of 65 the same plans they offer to those on Medicare who are 65+. This means that I do not have a Medicare supplement plan available to me, which helps pay for things like copays and prescription drugs. Instead, I am stuck with a Medicare Advantage plan, which leaves me with a lot of out-of-pocket expenses. Also, Medicare does not cover vision or dental, and therefore I do not have either.

Although the transplant saved my life, it has left me with several chronic health problems. Because of this, I require several prescription and over-the-counter drugs. There are many that I am currently going without. I also have a tremendous amout of dental work that needs done ASAP. I have a great deal of difficulty eating, and I am in pain much of the time. The chemotherapy and transplant have left me with very little saliva production, which has caused major problems.

I estimate that I need about $35,000 to pay medical bills, get dental work done, and get about 12 months of the medications that I should be taking on a regular basis:

$7,000 dental work
$1,000 monthly prescription drugs
$300 monthly over-the-counter drugs
$800 yearly prosthetic eye lenses for chronic dry eye
$15,000 medical bills
$45 copay per specialist office visit (countless)

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for taking the time to read this. If you’re unable to donate, please share my story. Thank you!

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