Updated 8 December 2013
As mentioned, using complementary therapies is expensive because it’s not state-funded.
One cycle of intravenous vitamin C in the UK (3 weeks x daily plus 3 months twice weekly) can cost £10K or more in the UK. Then there’s the cost of nutritional supplements, tests etc. I’ve met people who’ve spent upwards of £50 to £100K over two years.
So you must be wondering how I’ve paid for all this.
Alas, until I win the lottery, I’m not a millionaire. I used credit cards very early on post-diagnosis. Then I struck lucky (?!!) – a critical illness policy I’d taken out many years ago paid out. That paid off the credit cards, thank goodness, and financed about 2 years’ worth of treatments. But after that it ran out. I wish I’d taken out a larger policy.
To finance this lot of treatments, I had to take out a loan and use credit cards.
So, the moral of the story is: if you haven’t got cancer, please please take out a critical illness policy. And also a life insurance policy that will pay out for terminal diagnosis. It’s no use waiting until you’ve got cancer to get a life insurance policy.
The reality is, cancer is expensive. I read an article on how cancer can cost as much as a mortgage. The average cost of cancer was £7,000 per year, which is about as much as a mortgage. In which case I’ve spent enough to buy a house. Well, I can kick myself and wish I hadn’t spent the money, but it is easy in the desperation to find a cure, to spend-spend-spend.
I’ve met people at clinics who were told they had less than six months to live, their insurance policies paid out, and they are still alive 12 months’ down the road.
I’ve also met people who did not have insurance policies, and had to resort to selling the house to finance treatments. Or had a whip-round from friends and family, or fund raisers, and managed to get the money for specialised treatments. And lived beyond the prognosis.
But what price life?
As you can see from the masthead of this blog, I am now fundraising. I’ve always worked hard for my money and never thought I’d have to ask other people for money, but I’ve exhausted all other avenues of funding.
I had to have three months’ off work following complications from a mastectomy and the bills piled up. Further treatment is necessary, but the orthodox methods will cause nerve damage. So I need to go back to Hallwang for treatments that will be effective, but not cause nerve damage. Please would you consider donating to my cancer treatment fund? It is being administered by a cancer charity, so you can be sure that all donations will only be spent on cancer treatments. www.JustGiving.com/GoBananasForRona. Thank you!
8 December 2013
My current supplement bill runs to about £380 per month. I have recently succeeded in getting some funding towards this from YesToLife, a charity that helps people who want to engage in complementary therapies – thank you, YesToLife!
Here’s my dream: a kind and generous lottery winner pays for further treatment for me. Or better, I win the lottery and can help others get treatment when all options have run out.