Eleda wrote:Sorry if I gave that Impression Mike it wasn't directed at u
It was as a generalisation really of how Lucky we are here that our government payed for pretty much everything u need to get u through Ur process,, I have mh own private health care and I do have out of pocket but quite minimal to me as, I work and have an income.
We have a two year system here,, that's it ( small country)
I just think if u were unable to work in the us it would be quite difficult to go through this process and maintain a family and home etc for some!!!!
As u also tried to donate Ur ostomy supplies I will b doing same as I feel Very fortunate to b in the position I'm n ( middle class happy) I spend everything lol,,,
In one had ,,,, out the other to an airline for a holiday or shoes lol
Buy the shoes eat the cake take the holiday has never been as important to me since DX
Jannine wrote:We have been talking about how we want to handle finances moving forward from my diagnosis, so this is a welcome topic. We have always been careful with money and have much less house than we could technically afford. We put the maximum allowable amount into retirement savings, and have for years. We've always been saving up with the thought of retiring early and doing more world travelling later (we've been going abroad for vacations maybe once every 5-6 years or so). With my CC diagnosis we're thinking to rebalance things slightly and put more emphasis on travel while we're in good health, while continuing to save up for early retirement. We only have the two of us to worry about, no kids to put through college, which helps with the finances.
susie0915 wrote:Our only concern now with retirement is healthcare. There are not many companies that pay for your health insurance after you retire anymore. Unless you work for the government, maybe a public school teacher, or the auto companies and a package is offered, you're on your own for health insurance until you can get medicare. Our retirement savings is quite comfortable, but now with my diagnosis it could be quite costly to pay for health insurance until I qualify for medicare. We have a few years before we're 65, so now may have to wait a little longer than originally planned to retire. With companies constantly reorganizing you never know when your position may be eliminated either. Good planning is essential.
NHMike wrote:... If you like to write, you might write a booklet or book about the radiation stuff. I'd be happy to contribute.
O Stoma Mia wrote:NHMike wrote:... If you like to write, you might write a booklet or book about the radiation stuff. I'd be happy to contribute.
Yes, this is a very good idea. A patient-oriented booklet on pelvic chemo/radiation is sorely needed. It could make life a lot easier for a lot of rectal cancer patients who are required to do either neo-adjuvant chemo/rad or adjuvant chemo/rad.
NHMike wrote: You really get to learn the small conveniences of bathrooms like a hook to hang up your jacket or bag, a table to put things on and someplace to put your supplies.