Give Advanced Breast Cancer Patients a Health Care Card so we can afford to live!
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My name is Michelle McKenna and I am 50 years Old. At the age of 48, I was diagnosed with stage 4, breast cancer. There is no cure for this as it has already travelled through my body to my Spine, ribs, lymph nodes and liver. I am terminally ill and I am dying. I am a Wife, Mother, Sister, Aunty, daughter and Grandmother to 3 fantastic grandchildren. I need to be here for them, to enjoy their lives for as long as possible.
Living with cancer, knowing it is terminal is horrendous and expensive. I take 7 different medications a day to stay alive and combat side effects. Although these tablets are on the pbs, at between $15-38 per prescription, it is a costly illness. I also have to attend many specialist appointments whose costs are not covered by private health insurance and receive very little rebate from Medicare. I have to work 2 days a week to cover the cost of the medications that keep me alive. My husband is in the defence force, defends our country and I still have to pay for private health insurance.
I live with the fear that at some point I wont be able to afford the medications that keep me alive as I will have to give up work when I am too ill to continue. As it is I have so much time off work for appointments, that I can go weeks without receiving any wages.
I am pleading with the Minister for Health to help me and my fellow cancer sisters out by providing us with a health care card to help reduce the cost of our medications. The financial burden on my family is taking its toll and I don't know how long we can keep going for.
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