Since some of you know my friend Molly, who was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple years back, and you often ask how she is doing, I thought I would do a blog post to share Molly’s update with all my readers as her story is an inspirational journey back to great health after beating the big “C.”
To give you a little background, Molly found a lump in her breast in April of 2010, right around her 33rd birthday celebration. After some quick tests, the lump was determined to be cancerous and Molly underwent a double mastectomy in May 2010. The long, hard journey of chemo and radiation then continued for over a year. In October of 2011, Molly underwent reconstructive surgery and it marked a kind-of-close to this tough chapter in her life. Molly then made the choice to “move on with her life.” Thankfully, no further breast cancer has been detected; however there is a spot on Molly’s neck that her doctors continue to watch and monitor (and we’ll come back to that).
Molly is a wonderfully loving, amazing, determined, and inspirational wife and mother to three young children – twin boys almost 6 years and a sweet young princess who is almost 4 years. I am so blessed and honored to have Molly as a special friend in my life. I truly enjoy her sense of humor, wittiness, and touch of sarcasm as well as her creativity and example of determination. I also admire her unending desire to help others (which continued right through her cancer battle no matter how hard it was). Molly’s story recently aired on Madison television as part of the Komen Walk preparations for her area. View Molly’s inspirational interview about her breast cancer journey here. (Yes, give it a minute to load)
As I mentioned, Molly still has a spot on her neck that her doctors continue to monitor. In fact, she is due for a PET scan in the very near future. However, she got an unbelievable call from her insurance company today stating that they are not going to cover that PET scan. After delivering that mind-numbing news, the insurance representative proceeded to question Molly and the actions of her physicians. The conversation turned condescending and ended very poorly, as you can imagine. Here’s a young mother who has battled aggressive breast cancer, still has a concerning spot in her neck, and her insurance company doesn’t want to provide coverage for an upcoming scan that her physicians have recommended.
There are so many abuses of our health care system on a daily basis. Unfortunately, this is leading to some “limited” care/insurance coverage for those who are truly in need. This breaks my heart. Why should this wonderfully loving, amazing, responsible mother have to bear the stress of fighting this battle? We all know what added stress does for us! If you believe in the power of prayer, please say a quick one for Molly – please pray that her insurance carrier will quickly see the light and provide the scan that Molly’s physicians have ordered.
And please, use our health care system responsibly. Imagine if you were in Molly’s situation – how frustrating and stressful it would be to do battle with your insurance provider over a test which is being suggested to monitor a potential deadly threat within your body.
Molly always appreciates everyone’s prayers and requests for updates. I know she believes that all the positive energy that has been sent her way has truly made a difference in her life. Thanks to all of you for your continued support. Love you Mol. You have eaten a big chunk of that damn elephant!