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Hi Laura; Hijacking a thread is the best way to make a good thread even better and to continue sharing all those ideas with others. When we pm info, nobody else can benefit from it, and nobody else can step in to help answer if somebody isn't available (like next week I might not be available because I might be in the hospital after having my surgery). So I'll try to help.

Do you have Anemia too? When you got diagnosed, did they say you need to have a hystorectomy or what did they say? Was it small enough that they could take it out in the office? Who diagnosed you?

As for insurance. Do you have your own business? If so, how long have you been in business? I was not able to switch to my husband's company insurance right now because I 'just' missed their open enrollment and they only have it twice a year, and I can't wait till November for my surgery. We currently have our (family) health insurance (affordable but huge deductible for surgeries which basically makes the surgery not covered) through my own business, it's a group insurance (even though I'm the only employee of my business) and all we could (and still can) afford. We did not qualify for free care through the state a couple years ago but my doctor did tell me to try to get Mass Health again, apparently they can give you a discounted coverage, sort of subsidized. I didn't bother because I did this for my older son for a year (when he was 18 1/2) and I found it was like a full time job just to keep on top of this to keep the coverage and understand everything and then they would make me drive to Tewksbury and I would have to wait for half a day to speak to someone and then he STILL ended up losing the coverage because of something not being verified and I had even gone in person to try to verify everything and basically I got REALLY mad at this whole mass health thing thinking I AM WORKING AND PAYING (through my taxes) for people (many who don't work or WONT WORK) to have this coverage and I CANT GET THIS COVERAGE FOR MY OWN SON WHEN HE REALLY NEEDS IT! It's so completely unfair. Anyway I am so super busy with my business that I do not have the time to spend days and hours just trying to make sure that every day we are STILL covered! We probably wouldn't qualify again anyway. So I bought another group policy for "me". We can't afford this, I have to borrow the premium $$ so I will have to go into debt over this :( I just bought a cheaper car this weekend, am picking it up tonight, selling one of our cars that it replaces this week (hopefully we can sell it, I can't afford both payments). Then next month we have to do the same thing with my car (the family van and my work vehicle) - we just can't afford our current car payments and health insurance premiums of this magnitude.

The good news though is that I have never felt this good since I was in my 20's. I feel just amazing since I've been on the iron. My levels all went up, not sure what they are right now but when they tested me a couple weeks ago they were all going up where they were supposed to and down where they were supposed to so my hematologist said once I have the surgery I should still stay on the iron until my levels get where they are supposed to be but that I could keep them monitored through my regular doctor or my gynecologist from now on! Wow, how encouraging. My aches and pains have even gone away, every weird symptom I've had for the last few years that I just chalked up to getting older has disappeared (well, 75% of them). So too bad I still have to have this surgery, my body and my mind are ready to 'really' get back in shape right now! Instead I'm going to be in bed recovering from surgery, yuck!:dizzy:

Hope this helps. I'm trying to postpone my surgery right now for a few more weeks until my kids are all out of school and I'm able to finish a couple more jobs so that I can pay cash for my surgery deductible (oh joy!)... oh yeah and so that I can help sell the car(s) too.

Go ahead and PM me if you have more questions that are private.:wave:

Michelle





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