*******UPDATE*******My insurance carrier, Scott & White Health Plan in Temple, has agreed to shorten the normal 30 day process to two weeks. We have requested Dr. Rodriguez to call and explain that this is an urgent situation and this decision must be made immediately. Please pray for favor. Dr. Rodriguez is calling the health care director in the morning.*******
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Today I am going to share with you some of the ways God has shown his great love to me. I firmly believe every single event in my life has led me to this point, both the blessings and the struggles. God is using all of it for his great glory.
I had an MRI of my liver this morning (which Dr. Trent recommended due to a 3mm lesion seen on my CT scan). The techs in Scott & White radiology are amazing. All of the women who work in ultrasound, mammography, CT, MRI and those involved in my needle biopsy have been amazing, encouraging and just wonderful! The people I get to meet are truly a highlight of this ordeal. I also want to publicly thank my primary caregiver, Dr. Tom Wagner. Many of you who live here know him. He and his nurse, Sandy, have been a tremendous help and tireless advocate during this process. I am so thankful for the gentle care and quick expedition of all tests and scans by him and his amazing staff. If you know him and see him, please thank him for taking such good care of me. The battle has not been with the Scott & White health care professionals but with the Scott & White Health Plan.
As Delphia, the radiology tech, placed the headphones over my ears to wheel me into the tube, I joked with her, “I like love songs!” She responded, “Honey, my sweet voice is full of love for you.”
I heard my God say this, “I am the LORD your God I am with you,
I am mighty to save.
I will take great delight in you,
I will quiet you with his love,
I will rejoice over you with singing."
I’m not really that claustrophobic so I wasn’t really scared of the big MRI tube. It’s more like being able to lie still on this skinny board knowing you can’t move. Kinda like laughing in church. I was wiggly for a bit but once I got situated on the board I actually kept falling asleep while His love songs resonated over me in that hollow tube.
Let me explain some things.
I have been diagnosed with sarcoma of the breast. It is not breast cancer. It is a soft tissue cancer that just so happens to be located in the breast. Sarcoma is exceedingly rare in the breast. Less than 5% of sarcoma patients have sarcoma located in the breast. Only four cancer institutions in the United States treat sarcoma of the breast, specifically. I am very blessed because I live so close to one of these institutions, MD Anderson in Houston.
My insurance has approved me to receive 50% of my treatment covered there. MDA only accepts insurance with 60% coverage. This is their way of saying yes…but no. We have started an appeal with Scott & White Health Plan and the progress today is that we have an advocate taking this before their board within the hour! I will let you know as soon as anything changes. Thank you for your prayers and actions that have led to this favor!
I am completing the process of applying as a self paid patient to MDA. All that I can do as a self paid patient is have one visit for review of records and an opinion. Please pray the right doctor will see me at the right time and we will fight the right fight to receive the best treatment in the world.
I am also looking into some natural treatments in conjunction with the medical treatments. As I am leaving others in charge of sifting through my possibilities, I don’t know much information in this area. I will keep you posted as decisions are made or prayer is needed.
Any other questions?