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Help Michele Get Her Cancer Treatment
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Ended Oct 3, 2013
In November 2010, Michele had her thyroid removed because of nodules. Days later, she discovered she had Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, a hybrid of two most common thyroid cancers. The papillary cancer can come back in the neck area. ...
In November 2010, Michele had her thyroid removed because of nodules. Days later, she discovered she had Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma, a hybrid of two most common thyroid cancers. The papillary cancer can come back in the neck area. The follicular type can come back through the blood stream. These same cells can come back in her lungs, bones and so on also called metastasis. Because of the possible metastasis, she needs to have treatment known as radioactive iodine treatment (RAI) every year.

Though not as harsh as other forms of radiation, this treatment is required annually for five years (with clear scans) before Michele can be considered cancer free. It scans her whole body and helps her doctors to see if the cancer has moved. The radiation also kills cancer cells that may be there. She is on year three.

In 2011 when she had her first treatment, she did not have insurance, which caused a difficult time in her life. Last year, due to her large medical bills, she was able to receive Medicaid which covered the cost of her treatment.

For years, her husband has been in and of work due to various layoffs. She has gone back to work after staying home with her four children, and they are both finally working full time. However, their income barely covers their monthly bills. Michele and her family fall into the “gray area” where they make too much money to receive assistance, and yet, are barely making ends meet.

She does have health insurance through her job, and while this is helping cover most of the treatment cost, it still leaves her with $6,000 (of $20,000) to come up with out of pocket. She has been struggling with the decision to take the treatment, because she doesn’t want to create an even bigger financial hassle for the family.

I met Michele through the Type-A Parent blogging community in 2009. She is an amazing woman. I do not believe any wife and mother should have to choose between making sure the bills are paid and getting the medical treatment she needs. Her family needs her—and I want to make this treatment happen for her. I'm hoping to raise an additional $1,000 to give the family some cushion as they go through this trying time.

In June 2013, she had blood work come back with a scare. She needs this treatment now, more than ever, to give herself and her family peace of mind.

She is to have the treatment the week of September 16th, so that gives us two weeks to help her as much as we possibly can. Every little bit helps.

To read more of her story, check her blog, http://www.thebonafidelife.net/tag/cancer/ To find out more about her and her family, read http://www.thebonafidelife.net/about/. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts and prayers, and share her story with others so we can make these medical bills a thing of the past.

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