>Were any of you diagnosed while uninsured?
Yes, my husband was. It was terrifying.
>Did the lack of insurance prevent you from going to a doctor when you knew something was wrong?
Yes, my husband did not take care of his health for a number of years leading up to his diagnosis for a number of reasons including not having health insurance.
>Did you end up in the emergency room and diagnosed at a later stage?
Yes, my husband went to Urgent Care which is connected to our local hospital. He was close to dying of congestive heart failure (a consequence of undiagnosed anemia caused by undiagnosed cancer) when he arrived and they wheeled him to the adjacent Emergency Room. He had to get his cardiovascular condition under control before having a colonoscopy which was the ER recommendation based on the constellation of symptoms. Two weeks later he had his colonoscopy at which point one tumor was detected, biopsied, and diagnosed as cancerous.
Wife 4/17 Dx age 45
5/17 - Lap left hemi
5 x 4 x 1 cm
T3 N2b M1a
Stage IV A
lymph nodes: 9 of 54
8/17 Sub-total colectomy
2nd tumor 5.5 cm T1 N0
CEA: 2.9 to 2.2
Lynch no; KRAS wild
Immunohistochemsistry: Normal MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2
Tumor DNA variants: MTOR, APC, TP53
1/18 Liver left hepatectomy seg 4
5/18 CT clear
12/18 MRI shows 1 met in liver
Resection & HAI Mar 7