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    PaulaC reacted to Rower Michelle in Managing Health Insurance Mayhem   
    Hi Jane, 
    You sure did hit the nail on the head.  The commercial coverage plans are more comprehensive than Medicare.  I'll be in the same situation after my COBRA runs out.  Ironically, the coverage standards spelled out in the Affordable Care Act, do not apply to the Federal programs.  
      If you travel or seek care out of state, then you will need the Fee for Service traditional Medicare with parts A, B & D, then you will need a supplemental to cover the copays.  If you don't mind working with in network benefits then the other option is to look at Medicare Advantage Plans.  
    I have a few ideas on how to sort through the plan selection:  you could call the American Cancer Society Help Line, Cancer Recovery Foundation, Gilda's Club's Cancer Community Support Line  or  AARP is likely to be a resource too.  Worth a shot?   https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/financial-considerations/financial-resources   
    Our financial advisors have a Medicare broker on staff to help make selections as well.   The cancer clinic social worker might have some ideas as well.  Let us know what you find out, it will help a lot of us.  
    Michelle 
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    PaulaC reacted to Tom Galli in You are not always your own best advocate   
    Katie,
    Indeed. Well said. Also true is my wife’s lament: “Thomas, you are NOT a doctor.”
    Stay the course. 
    Tom
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    PaulaC reacted to Susanrae in There are days....   
    Newly diagnosed April 11, 2019, and it is so good to read all of this information from survivors...do not compare my new life with lung cancer to my old one.  I need to start a journal with all of these quotes in it to get me through my dark days.  Thanks to all for sharing...
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    PaulaC reacted to KatieB in There are days....   
    I know many lung cancer survivors who feel this way too.  As a survivor- I also feel this way a lot. It's surreal.  The what-ifs are dangerous...and comparing this life with the one you used to have is also a bad thing to do.  
    I guess it's about taking things a day at a time until this life becomes your new normal.  The struggle is that cancer happened to you...it wasn't a choice you made...but now you're tasked with surviving it and making life good again.
    Many hugs for you.  Hope today is a better day.
     
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    PaulaC got a reaction from Roz in Cursin' On a Sunday Afternoon....   
    My husband and I fellow cruisers and for us it’s just being on the ship. I’d love to to a transatlantic cruise one day. We missed cruising last year with the cancer stuff but won’t miss again. Have fun and enjoy!!🛳
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    PaulaC got a reaction from Tom Galli in Cursin' On a Sunday Afternoon....   
    Tom, I forgot to tell you to have a great time and enjoy for all of us. 😁
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    PaulaC got a reaction from Tom Galli in Cursin' On a Sunday Afternoon....   
    My husband and I fellow cruisers and for us it’s just being on the ship. I’d love to to a transatlantic cruise one day. We missed cruising last year with the cancer stuff but won’t miss again. Have fun and enjoy!!🛳
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    PaulaC reacted to MBinOregon in Predicting Doom   
    On 12/20/2017, when the pulmonologist came into the room and said "It's bad. It's cancer" then proceeded to give me the diagnosis of Stage 3, I naiively asked her about the survival rate.  She said "15% survival rate in 5 years" and I believed it.  What she told me sounded like "you will die at any moment!" - I went home and wasn't sure if I should write the will first or start cleaning out my house.  Shortly afterwards, I found this forum and started reading the threads and your comments on these "statistics" resonated with me the most along with "if I can survive it, so can you" comment.
    Thank you, Tom, for being my and all others' wind beneath our wings (pardon the cheesy-ness).
    MB
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    PaulaC got a reaction from Tom Galli in A Life Well Lived   
    Tom, I’m sorry for your loss.  
    Take Car
    Paula
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    PaulaC got a reaction from Susan Cornett in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    Susan I hope today is a better and I’m sorry you’re dealing with this. Big Hugs
    Tske Care
    Paula
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    PaulaC reacted to Susan Cornett in Another recurrence, another call to Mom and Dad   
    I meet with Super Radiation Doc on Wednesday - but it will likely be SBRT. 
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