My dad is diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. He’s been getting treatments for the cancer and for other complications due to the cancer for the past 3 years. My family and I had several scares and sleepless nights in and out of the ICU since then. A couple months ago, he had to be hospitalized again due to pneumonia. He’s now been in the hospital for over 3 months. Much to our dismay, we received a noticed from his insurance that they will no longer cover his current hospital stay due to the nature of his illness. This leaves my family with short notice of additional financial burden for the last 3 week and counting. We are choosing cheaper options of treatments instead of the best ones in hopes to save a few in bills, to the point where my dad is trying to refuse certain treatments because of the costs. This is not how someone has to live their life, choosing for the cheaper one or none at all because one is unable to afford treatment for their health. His doctors required that we hire a 24/7 private duty nurse to be by his bedside. He is currently hooked on a ventilator, very much aware and conscious, to help with his breathing.
It is so much more heartbreaking that because of this pandemic and his current health status, my family and I are not able to be by his side and comfort him. My family and I are still very hopeful that he can recover and be discharged from the hospital. My dad is a fighter, he has been fighting this for 3 years now, but I know he is losing hope mainly due to our current financial issue right now. I pray that as each day passes, he regains his hope and his will to continue fighting. Even with everything that is going on, and how some people tell me that he might not make it, I will still be by his side fighting this with him. My family will continue to fight in his corner, in hopes that he will be strong and well enough that he can be released from the hospital.
But as each day passes, each moment they run tests on him, give him medications, do blood tests, procedures, his hospital bills grows higher and higher. We want him to know that he shouldn’t worry about the bills and focus on himself getting better. We have settled almost $8000 of his hospital bill, but we still have about $30,000 and growing to pay off. So I’m asking anyone and everyone out there, please stand with my family, fight by my dad’s side, donate if you can.