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Daughter with Leukemia needs help with bills
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Ended Jun 16, 2013
My daughter, Stephanie, was just shy of 21 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She was in her third year of college, taking full -time courses, and held a full time job when she got sick, but left school when her symptoms became ...
My daughter, Stephanie, was just shy of 21 when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. She was in her third year of college, taking full -time courses, and held a full time job when she got sick, but left school when her symptoms became too severe. She did, however, continue to work, and it was her strong work ethic that almost cost her her life.

The morning she was diagnosed, the ER physician ordered an ambulance to transport her from the Brattleboro, VT community hospital to the Dartmouth Medical Center in Lebenon, NH where she began her treatment.

Medicaid has refused to pay this ambulance bill with the position is that it was not "medically necessary" for her to be transported by ambulance, despite the fact that almost immediately upon her arrival she was rushed into emergency surgery to remove her spleen. It was so full of leukemic cells that it almost ruptured. We almost lost her.

Had Stephanie been transported by private vehicle, she might not have survived long enough to reach Dartmouth Medical Center.

Stephanie is in remission now, but remains on maintenance chemotherapy. The chemo makes her susceptible to infections, which makes it impossible for her to return to work. When she did make an attempt to go back to work because of the pressure of owing the student loans and medical bill, she ended up in the hospital for more than 2 weeks with an infection the doctor's were unable to diagnose. She slept in ice packs to control her fevers, and was placed on every possible antibiotic/antiviral. Again, we could have lost her.

To be forced to choose between food, heat and medication or student loans and medical bills is a stress she shouldn't have to face. Her only concern right now should be getting better.

Stephanie wanted to try to take some courses while she is unable to work, to help her feel productive while she is at home or in the hospital for treatment. When she looked into doing this, she was told that because she owes student loans she cannot take any courses.

All she wants to do is be cured, and while she waits for the day she can say " I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR", she would like to work toward her degree, so when that day comes she will be able to support herself.

Stephanie is an exceptionally talented, intelligent young woman who wants to better herself even while fighting a battle for her life.

Personally, I feel that anyone in her situation should have their student loans automatically forgiven, but sadly that is not the case.

Please help us to reach this goal.

Thank you!
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