An awesome ABD who posts pseudonymously as Badger has only a short time left with her husband. Mr. Badger, a 34 year old artist, is dying of liver cancer.
Badger, Mr. Badger and their 11 year old son, are also faced with mounting debts -- because of the expense of his cancer treatment, the insufficiency of her graduate student health insurance plan, and our government's scanty assistance programs.
Here's a quote from a Live Journal post she wrote last spring:
"Cost to date for surgery, CT-scans, hospital stays, doctors’ visits, and labwork: $79,000. Insurance benefit left for year: $21,000. Days left until new benefit year: 145. Response from Social Security Administration when I went down to their office with our 2004 tax returns to prove our lack of income: Priceless.
“There’s nothing I can do for you. Come back in two years.”
Prognosis of someone with stage four liver cancer: 3 months."
Now, things are difficult because of the expense of the medication Mr. Badger needs for pain. Here's another quote posted on her blog in July after a trip to the pharmacy to pick up a new, stronger prescription for morphine:
"Pharmacist: Oh, we didn't fill the entire prescription. Your insurance company says you have reached the limit on your prescription benefit.
Pharmacist: You would've had to have paid for the prescription out-of-pocket, which would've been over $400, so we've only given you a few pills.
Would you like to learn more about Badger's situation? Would you like to help her family? Would you like to contribute to a fund to help pay for his pain medication and expenses like hospice?
If so, please read this post on my web site which explains how you can help.
Also, if you decide to contribute, please make a comment here and consider linking to this post from your own blog.