October 2014

Trev-MUNils_trevmun wrote
on February 19th, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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So, it's been a year ...

The morning of February 19 last year the day when my mom died.

With all that's gone on over the past year, and the way my life has changed drastically, I've not had much time to think about it. I guess in a way, that's helped keep me from dwelling on it. Sometimes it's been hard, like during the Winter Break when I had more time to myself.

There's a lot of things I regret, things I wish I did that might have kept things from turning out this way ... but I have to tell myself that none of us, probably not even my mom, knew just how bad of a state her heart was in. Regardless ... that she died so close to Valentine's Day, and that it turned out to be heart failure, has made that holiday extra-awkward.

Anyway ... Here's a recap of what's been going on with me.

I still haven't heard back from the Cancer Center on whether or not they have approved or rejected me for their version of the Uncompensated Care Plan, but they did throw a bill at me: If they don't approve me for the plan, I will owe them over $1000 so far. The bills are going to get worse, of course, since I'm not done with the chemo yet.

Meanwhile, the Hospital business office did approve me at 100% for their Uncompensated Care Plan, which I don't recall if I've mentioned in previous updates. This has been a huge relief, as I've been forgiven of over $5000 in debt. Unfortunately, to my dismay ... I have been billed by a number of creditors outside the hospital network that do not accept the plan. I have been spending this month calling these creditors, discussing with them my situation, faxing them copies of the acceptance letter ... and despite all that, I was still turned over to a debt collector by one of them. Another threatened to turn me over if I didn't pay up. I've already had to fork over over $600 to two different creditors.

Between college and hospital fees as well as costs of living, I've already used up a fourth of the inheritance my mom left me, and there's no end in sight to these payments. I hadn't been approved for any of the scholarships I applied for outside of the Pell Grant (which has helped, but not helped enough as you can see). Come next semester I need to try and get a part time job with the university.

That's about where things stand now. Stay safe, guys.

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