Topic: down to single digits in both checking and savings :(

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Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 09:10PM

Posted on: Aug 22, 2010 09:10PM

Niknak0320 wrote:

It took a year to battle this cancer and now I feel like it has won - my family is dead broke.  I don't even know what to do.

We've been given a great 2nd chance recently as we were approved for a permanent loan modification however we have so many other bills, I'm having a hard time finding work and I fear that we won't be able to make our new payments :(

This SUCKS!

~*~ Nikki ~*~ Dx 5/18/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/20 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 22, 2010 09:13PM Jaimieh wrote:

Nikki~ I hope things get better soon.  Are you still doing daycare ??? 

Dx 12/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/25/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Aug 22, 2010 09:31PM - edited Aug 22, 2010 09:38PM by Jellydonut

Hi Nikki,

Sorry to hear of what you're now enduring due to breast cancer.

Don't know the particulars of your situation (so what I suggest may now apply to you) but Maryland does offer TANF (temporary assistance for needy families) if you do meet the qualifications.  You could be eligible for food stamps, a cash allowance per month (a paltry amount) and Medicaid. It surely isn't much, but it's better than nothing.

http://www.nccp.org/profiles/MD_profile_36.html

You can also try to reach out to your local Komen branch to ask if they'll provide temporary assistance; or if they cannot, they may be able to direct you to a place that could.

Please talk to your Oncology Social Worker as sometimes s/he is aware of grants and other monies that aren't published.

I found this site too:

http://www.the-red-devils.org/wp3/?page_id=2

Best of luck to you and your family.  You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jelly

Dx 3/2002, IDC, Stage IV, 3/8 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Aug 23, 2010 02:09PM Niknak0320 wrote:

I am still doing daycare but lost a child who is going into FT kindergarten in another school district so I am down to just one child - and an infant starting in November.  I really need to get my hands on one or two more children in here to make ends meet :(

~*~ Nikki ~*~ Dx 5/18/2009, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/20 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 23, 2010 02:14PM mnmom wrote:

I can really relateFrown 

Keep trying

My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Dx 11/2008
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Sep 12, 2010 03:31PM Jaimieh wrote:

Nikki~ I hope things are going better.  Another resource to check out is to see if the ACS or your local hosptial (where you went to for Chemo.) has any resources.  Here in Baltimore we have someone at the University of Maryland that helps out families with such things as bills and needs. 

Dx 12/24/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ Dx 3/25/2014, IDC, Stage I, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Sep 12, 2010 03:43PM chriztene wrote:

i can soo relate!! i am widow of veteran on fixed income..finally got to where my copays went from 14.00 to 150.00 for radiation!! i am beside myself wondering how to pay medical bills...the hospital never has mentioned a social worker..i am going to ask...such a down time, diag with cancer and then come out of shock only to face huge medical bills..my faith is truly being tested..thank to all u great ladies for support!!

Dx DCIS, 2cm, Stage I, Grade 1, ER+/PR-
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Sep 12, 2010 04:21PM dlb823 wrote:

nikki, christene and others... Here's a list another BCO member put together of programs and organizations that might be able to help you, especially if you're still in treatment:

http://bb67.wikispaces.com/

In addition, here are a couple of organizations that are not on that list, but that have been suggested recently in other threads started by women in similar situations:  

http://saraleeandcarol.org/

http://www.breastfriendsforever.org/site/

Many times, the financial burden a bc dx & tx causes isn't fully realized or felt until after treatment ends, and, unfortunately, a lot of these organizations limit their assistance to paying for medical expenses, and sometimes those are only within a specific state.  But hopefully there might be something here to help each of you.    Deanna

Deanna "The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV

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