The Turn of a Friendly Card

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The Winner Takes it All

I’m not doing a happy dance, nor a victory roll but I am feeling cautiously optimistic.

We’re in a card game. We can only progress when certain cards come into play and right now we are waiting for the second card to be dealt. When that happens and more importantly, if it is the right card, we can move forward to the next step.

Such is the complex nature of solving the problem of finance in this expensive game of getting unsick! Nice word, I just made it up….

It shouldn’t have to be this way. It is a disgrace in any modern country that people are driven to financial ruin when or because they get ill. The USA is the ONLY country in the western world that doesn’t have some form of socialized medicine.

I digress....

The subsequent steps in the game are all about timing and timing has been the center of focus for today.

I believe we have a solution to financing the cost of my cancer treatment and strangely enough it may be via health insurance. I have looked at health insurance before, looked aghast and then looked away. I’m sorry Mr Insurance Company I cannot afford $800/month for a policy that doesn’t even cover my costs. No sir!

But I was advised by a friend to talk to someone who knows the insurance business. I did so and there lay a solution to our problems.

I won’t go into details because the game is in play, the players need to show their cards and moves need to be timed to perfection.

If we win the game my treatment will cost almost nothing. What if we lose? We’ve looked at the odds and we are, as previously mentioned, cautiously optimistic that the odds are in our favor.

The game continues…..

That aside, a few words on the whole ‘being diagnosed with cancer’ thing.

Never give up and never lose hope. Never turn down an opportunity. Explore every path, even when you think it leads nowhere.

I have been blessed throughout this period in my life. It is rather strange to say this with a diagnosis of cancer, but forgetting that particular elephant in the room, everything else has been working out and things have fallen into place. I have been lucky to get seen by the right doctors, have been lucky to know the right people who could help me and been blessed to receive so much support from everyone I know and many I don’t.

I am a lucky guy!

Oh, before I forget….back to the game…the timing thing! Today was about timing and what happened is that I asked for my surgery to be put back one week. So now it is set for March 4th.

I didn’t feel too comfortable with it being as far out as the 26th February and I am even more uncomfortable with it being pushed further out. But, in order to completely win the game, the timing of the surgery had to change and thanks to an accommodating surgeon and his support team, this has been done.

So, the game continues and we await the next move. It should be this week, it may not be….

The waiting is awful….

to be continued


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  1. Blanche on February 4, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    You are amazing! You WILL beat this!

    • craig on February 4, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      I do hope so! 🙂 Thanks Blanche xxx

  2. teresa dossett on February 5, 2020 at 9:38 am

    As always !! Eagerly awaiting for your next card to be dealt. With fingers crossed and prayers said !!

    • craig on February 5, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Teresa!

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