Thursday, November 4, 2010

Trouble on the Insurance Front...

Dr. F contacted my insurance company today regarding treatment with Herceptin, and they disapproved it.  This is odd, since it was approved by the FDA for HER2 positive Gastro-esophageal cancers just a few weeks ago. 

Dr. F was very upbeat about my chances with the addition of Herceptin; he's the doctor!  Some insurance administrator, who looks at a list should NOT have the authority to keep me from a treatment that COULD SAVE MY LIFE!

Dr. F has vowed to fight for this, and he will, but gosh, ... how demoralizing.  Am I *that* naive that I just assumed it would be fine because my oncologist says it's what I need?  He doesn't go around trying to find ways of screwing people's insurance companies... HE'S TRYING TO SAVE OUR LIVES!

So, can you tell I am both angry and practically in tears, which I get when I am angry, and if you know me, and my whole asthma problem, you know that crying makes me sick... really, really sick.  So, I will not cry.

Anyway, if anyone can make my insurance company listen to reason, I think Dr. F has a good chance. 

Well, I feel the need to go pound bad-guys into the earth, so I think I'll go load up Fallout 3, and whack away my frustrations in good, wholesome, virtual violence. :)

Hugs and kisses!

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