Eleven years ago, “Annie” was treated with surgery for a brain tumor. She has since suffered with the side effects of traumatic brain surgery, including interrupted sleep, fatigue, and cognitive impairment. Though she is intellectually sound, she is easily startled, is sometimes unable to read, and has difficulty with everyday tasks such as handwriting or counting money. When she feels up to it, she sews beautiful craft items, which she depends upon to help make ends meet financially. She is on Medicare, but still has trouble making her co-payments for her follow-up care and doctor’s visits, and worries every month if there will enough money left-over to buy food. She continues to be followed-up in Denver, because she is seen by a physician in the University setting, who specializes in her type of brain tumor. Traveling to Denver for imaging and follow-up yearly adds another layer of complexity to her survivorship care.
Subsequently, four years ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a biopsy, which was complicated by an emergency surgery and other difficulties. She then had a bilateral mastectomy. The side effects from her emergency surgery and subsequent mastectomy include daily rib and shoulder pain, tightness, tingling and numbness, and scarring. She did not have the resources at the time to obtain cancer rehabilitation or significant physical therapy, and her daily pain physically and mentally weighs on her – all which significantly affect her quality of life.
Since she has been treated in the Denver region, she has not had the opportunity to connect to other individuals who have walked in her shoes. Having first been treated for brain cancer has significantly affected her livelihood, and adding breast cancer to the mix has created another layer of physical and financial barriers which affect the quality of her life. Annie has a family member who lives a few hours away, but otherwise has a limited support system.
She is thrilled at the possibility that someone would want to help alleviate some of her financial burden. She thinks that the stress of having to manage the complexities of her condition, which are amplified by her lack of financial resources, affect every avenue of her life.
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