One thing I'm thankful for was having great health care when I was diagnosed with cancer. Some people aren't so lucky... or they have health insurance, but can't work and bills pile up and it just adds to the already mounting stress. Another thing most of us hodgers know, a lot of folks get diagnosed this time of year. I'm not sure why, but it's very common... Personally, I was diagnosed a few days from now, two years ago (December 21, 2006).
With all of that in mind, I wanted to compile some resources for people to find support when the going gets tough... now please bear in mind, this isn't everything and any additions are welcomed and will updated to this post.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers financial aid as well as a co-pay assistance program. To learn more about it click here.
CancerCare also offers co-pay assistance and financial aid. To learn more, click here.
Also, the American Cancer Society Website has a very comprehensive list of resources and financial aid options. To learn more, click here.
If you're a young adult, you should check out I'm Too Young For This, they have several options for financial aid on their Website. To learn more, click here.
Please be sure to check with your social worker. And if you don't have one, ask your oncologist or your nurse for one. They can help you learn more about local resources. Some hospitals might have charities designated especially for their patients. Also, you never know if there are high school or college students willing to volunteer and help your family, or even your local church members.
The more you ask, the more you know.