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Staying alive is expensive when you're a 26 year old grad student with cancer. Please help Lindsey pay for her mounting health care bills.

I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am 26. I am in grad school getting a masters in urban planning and I ride a scooter. I recently became too old to stay on my parent's health insurance, so I'm paying $500/month for insurance through premiums, not to mention the giant co-pays and cost sharing. And, I have pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.

I was diagnosed in October 2010, just after my 25th birthday. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are very rare and relatively slow growing compared to other types of cancer, such as regular pancreatic cancer, but at the time of my diagnosis it had spread from my pancreas to both lobes of my liver. I had surgery in December 2010 to remove many of the tumors–in my pancreas and half of my liver–and the ones that remain are in the other half of my liver, and they are currently being controlled with a two-weeks on, two-weeks off oral chemo regimen. There is no cure, only more surgery, possibly a liver transplant, or continued chemotherapy. I can't take a full or part time job right now (one with health insurance) because of the uncertainity of the future of my life with cancer. I'm fortunate to be in grad school, but without a signficant income, the health care bills are mounting and premiums are high.

With cancer, there are generally only three categories of living patients: those in treatment, those in remission, and those who have been cancer-free for many years (survivors). I don’t fit fully into any of these categories so I made up a new one: I am a liver. And it is going to be expensive.
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