*Update* On February 21, 2010, Connie lost her battle. I can't even begin to imagine the pain for her family and friends and her children.
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Connie Andrews has stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to various parts of her body.
"It's a constant struggle," Andrews said. "Day in and day out you're still wondering if you're going to make it through it or if the fight is for nothing.
"Instead of having doctors working to remove her tumors and administering chemotherapy, Andrews is at home, visibly drained and feeling helpless.
Medicaid had been paying for her treatments, but it recently stopped covering them.I asked them, 'What reason do you show in your system as to why I was dropped?'" Andrews said. "She said, 'There's no reason here.' I don't know what's going to happen from here out.
I'm so confused and scared because I don't know where to go from here."Without treatment, Andrews' doctors told her she could die. Tumors have invaded her lymph nodes. Doctors said she needs at least nine chemotherapy sessions that cost $12,000 each.
Andrews said her biggest fear is that her children will grow up without a mother."They don't understand when you get on the phone with them that this is your life, because it's not theirs," Andrews said of Medicaid.Andrews said she plans to appeal Medicaid's decision, but since she needs treatment now it could be too late.Andrews' friends are trying to get donations to help her pay for treatment.
An account has been set up:
(*Via Email from Connie's sister 1-16-10)
If all goes as planned, Connie will have Medicaid coverage again as ofTuesday!!! Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to help her
cause. Also Senator Mike Jackson's office has worked closely with
Medicaid to resolve this. MD Andersen Hospital reps have contacted
Connie and have said they can... help after this current series of chemo
sessions is finished.
Funds already collected will be used to fund Connie's chemo and medical expenses incurred prior to Medicaid picking up the costs. This is fantastic!!
This is not the end.
Yes this is a wonderful resolution for Connie but there are too many
people trapped in this same situation. We can't sit back without doing
everything we can to raise awareness and not let this inhumanity to
continue. More to come on our plans for this.
Some people have also asked how they could purchase the "Fight Like a Girl" t-shirts my sister Cathryn had made up for Connie and her sisters. If you would like to order one, Cathryn can make one at Post N Print they are 20$ each, with 5$ of that being donated to Connie's medical costs and co-pays. Contact her at PostNPrint@gmail.com. You can see samples on the Support Connie Facebook page.
Our family can't even begin to express the depth of our gratitude and our
faith in the goodness of people and also how God provides. We will
continue to pay it forward, and a special thanks to Amanda Ciccione for starting this page and doing a fantastic job of spreading the word to get help for Connie.
Connie called Medicaid today. They've apparently never heard of her
(despite the 6 other times she has applied, been approved, dropped,
lost paperwork, including her new interview and application and
supposed approval last Friday). Here we go again.
Thanks to Becky Richter for this link: We need to bring this to the attention of the governor. Please help us in an email campaign to get these idiots at Medicaid back in line! http://governor.state.tx.us/organization/
Nearly 700 emails should be pretty damn convincing! Please repost to your page. Thank you!