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I am writing for myself to raise money for medical bills not covered by my insurance from breast cancer.

was diagnosed in July 2011 with breast cancer. Since than I have had 2 biopsies and 3 surgeries, which included a mysectomy of right breast and reduction of left breast. While in hospital during third surgery I developed a staff infection in left breast and was in hospital for 7 days. Before coming home I had to be transported to another hospital in the area and a port was put into my neck so I would be able to give myself antiobiotics twice a day for 6 weeks. I had to go back to the plastic surgeon once a week to have the infection cut out of my breast and back to the infectious control doctor every week to keep check on the infection. During this time I received another infection in same breast and was put on more antiobiotics through a pill. I had an expander put into my right breast during surgery with fillups to come after the infection healed completely. By Feb. I was able to start fill ups...We got about 3 fillups before we noticed that I was getting smaller instead of staying up...Doctor said I had a hole in the expander and I would have to start over again...or just go with the size I was and put the replacement in. I opted to just put the replacement in instead of going through it again..one because I could not afford to do it again, plus I had been through so much already. Mentally I was wore down and scared. My insurance did not participate with my plastic surgeon, but I had no choice. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer the doctor told me I had 6 months to a year before it would start to spread and they helped me find the plastic surgeon in Lynchburg, Va. that would take me. Between the first surgery and second surgery I owe them around over 7,000.00 out of my pocket. I owe the hospital, doctors, mammogram center 252.95 from the vacuum biopsy I had back in June 2011. The anethesologist over 1,000.00, pathology consultants 340.00 and doctors I didn't even know I had..one I owe 416.49 , lab work..and all of this is after insurance. The hospital is pushing me to make a certain amount a month, which I do not have. I have to pay my plastic surgeon 100.00 a month and I try my best to send everyone else a little each month. Now its coming down to doctor bills or groceries. I have wrote to my insurance company to ask for more help. I have wrote to the hospital and ask for help, which they gave me 25% charity, and I thank them for that. But the bills are becoming too much. I still have more to do in my left breast to reconstruct from the infection and I still do not have my right breast finished. I am in pain daily and have had nerve blockers injected into my left breast which only helped for about a week. I cannot afford to keep taking pain pills, nor do I want to get addicted to them. There is nothing else I can do and I cannot finish the surgeries. Now it's time to go back to my surgeon for a yearly checkup and another mammogram. All of these are appointments that I cannot afford. Now after it's all over with you think to yourself...you have to be in debt for the rest of your life because you had to do something to save your life.
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