Let's help Monica kick cancer's ass!
Organized by: Laura McNitt
Laura McNitt via Crowdrise
August 18, 2015
My niece, Monica Kates, needs help from as many people as possible. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May 2015, but then it was discovered that she has breast cancer as well. She initially went to the hospital to have a large cyst removed from her ovary but instead, her doctor took out over 30 lbs of scar tissue and tumors, from her ovaries all the way up to her chest. After her surgery the doctors discovered she had more cancer tumors on her lung, liver, and aorta. Rather than open her up again at this time, they are hoping chemo will take care of those tumors. Her cancers were classified as stage 3.
Because of the tumors still in her body and the two different cancers she’s dealing with, her doctor ordered an aggresive chemo regiment that costs $35,000 per treatment. Monica is going to have 18 rounds of treatments. Unfortunately, her insurance company denied the claim for those treatments. She and her doctor have appealed to the insurance company, and are hoping they will reconsider, but it’s anybody’s guess what the insurance company will decide. Monica could be liable for over $650,000 for chemo, in addition to all the other costs associated with being off work while getting treatment and healing. It makes me a little sick to think that in addition to trying to survive cancer, she also has to worry about surviving medical debt. Anybody going through this should only have to focus on getting healthy.
Monica has a job she loves at Trader Joe's (and coworkers who love her back!) that pays for her everyday life, and lets her support a household of five people. But it doesn’t pay so much that she can come up with hundreds of thousands of dollars for additional medical expenses. Really, how many of us could deal with that kind of expense? Her chemo is scheduled through October 2015, and she will need at least a month to recuperate before she can go back to work. But her insurance will end in September if she doesn’t return to work by then. To continue her insurance after the September deadline, it will cost her $595 a month.
Just a little background about Monica. This is her second battle with cancer. She was born with cancer (neuroblastoma) and was successfully treated for it. But, chemo and radiation on such a tiny little body did have some consequences, and Monica has had lifelong health issues because of it. She copes with them pretty well and tries not to let them interfere with living a full life.
When Monica was around 14, one of her older brothers was shot and killed on her mother’s 40th birthday. This devastated the whole family, but especially Monica’s mother, whose own health deteriorated rapidly after the death of her son. Monica’s mother leaned heavily on her for emotional support, which was lot of responsibility for a teenager. But she stepped up and supported her mother through both of their health crises and grief. Monica developed a lot of character during those years, and became a strong young woman.
Monica’s mother succumbed to her health issues and died 2 ½ years ago, leaving Monica to raise her two adopted sisters. Consequently, at the age of 32, Monica became a mother for the first time of two teenage girls with a lot of their own baggage. She stepped up again and has helped those girls overcome some of their own personal obstacles. She has been a great role model for them and they are very lucky to have Monica helping and supporting them. They depend on her.
You see by her life experiences that Monica has become a super woman who has done some pretty extraordinary things to support others in need. She is an amazing caregiver who needs some care taking. She deserves some support this time around. Monica has been a fighter since the day she was born and has every intention of beating cancer again. Her attitude is great and she knows she has a lot to live for. Whether she gets all the help she needs or not, she is facing the situation head on, taking charge of her cancer experience, and knows she is going to come out on top.
Her family, friends, and co-workers are asking for help on Monica’s behalf. We want to raise as much money as possible to help her with all the medical bills and unexpected expenses during treatment. We are asking for your help by making a monetary donation of any amount you can contribute, and by sharing this Crowdrise page on all your social media sites. The more people who see this, the more help for Monica.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness. Your prayers and positive thoughts for Monica’s full recovery are also very much appreciated!