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Author Topic:   Living with Cancer (from Cancer Survivors)
hooah212002
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Message 10 of 230 (673026)
09-13-2012 10:50 AM


I know it's hardly a serious cancer of the type RAZD has, but I am 99% certain I have skin cancer, but I can't afford to find out for sure, what with not being able to afford insurance and all. I have always had lots of moles and my birth mark on my back is just a giant mole. Well, late last year, I noticed what I think is a new one on my lower back and it had begun to itch. I finally had it looked at by my PCP and he felt the need to freeze it like you would a wart. He told me I need to see a dermatologist, but in the mean time, he said "if it just turns into a reddish/pink spot, it's fine, but if it comes back it's most likely cancerous.". Well, it came back.

"Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off." -Dawkins

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Message 13 of 230 (673061)
09-13-2012 1:00 PM
Reply to: Message 12 by Tanypteryx
09-13-2012 12:23 PM


Easier to suggest than to put into action. So far, all the dermatologists I've spoken with want a hefty payment up front. Food, electricity and rent kinda come first. I can't afford to wait, but I can't afford to go either. I just had surgery for something HPV related and very close to turning cancerous, but I had to tell the doc that if I had to pay up front, I couldn't do it, no matter how imperative it was to get it removed. The difference here is that it made my day to day life miserable had I not gotten it done. My potential skin cancer is unnoticeable so far, save for some moles, but they don't bother me. My credit is fucked and I am at the point where it doesn't matter to me how many more medical bills that I have because the ONLY way I'll ever be able to pay them is if I win the lottery.

Judge me if you wish, call me a scumbag for getting a procedure even though I knew I couldn't afford it. It's cognitive dissonance that I can deal with. Do I deserve to get it treated if I can't afford it? Who can say. It's something I wrestle with daily. I can't decide if I feel like people have a given right to be healthy if it comes at the (financial) expense of others. Does the doctor get paid anyways? Like I said, I wrestle with this internally every time I feel like I need/should go see a doctor. For example: I fucked my hand up one time last year and only went to the doctor after it continued to hurt for like 3 months. Turns out I broke the bone between my wrist and pinky finger. I didn't feel like I deserved to be treated since I couldn't afford it.


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Message 16 of 230 (673153)
09-14-2012 2:57 PM
Reply to: Message 15 by purpledawn
09-14-2012 5:30 AM


Re: Veterans Hospital
Hopefully that is an option for you.

It's not because I got a general.

Edited by hooah212002, : No reason given.


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Message 18 of 230 (673272)
09-18-2012 9:23 AM
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09-18-2012 9:08 AM


Re: Veterans Hospital
The first dermatologist was the one he sent me to.

"Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off." -Dawkins

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Message 20 of 230 (673391)
09-18-2012 5:44 PM
Reply to: Message 19 by Trixie
09-18-2012 5:36 PM


Re: Veterans Hospital
Yea, payment plans that I can't afford. If I could afford the payment plans, I could afford insurance.

"Science is interesting, and if you don't agree you can fuck off." -Dawkins

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