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Cancer Patient: I May End Up Homeless

10:34 PM, Oct 3, 2011   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Along with fighting a disease, cancer patients are faced with another burden: financial stress.

About one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, according to breastcancer.org. A lot of people are just a diagnosis away from financial disaster.

Any cancer patient or survivor knows all too well that battling cancer is scary. However, according to Renee Day, it's not stage four breast cancer or the treatment that's the scariest part, it's the financial burden for her and her family.

"I don't have October rent covered, so we're looking at possible eviction," said Day.

Since Day was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, her insurance has covered her treatment and her hospital has helped her to find a way to pay for medicine. But because she can't work, she can't pay her regular bills.

"There's nothing to cover the rent, the electric, the water, the car insurance," she said. "My car currently is broken down. It doesn't run. It needs a new transmission."

Day's co-workers at Walgreens Pharmacy in Greensboro held a fundraiser to help, but that money only goes so far.

"Saying thank you just doesn't seem to be enough," she said.

Day's daughter and her family moved to Greensboro to help her fight the disease emotionally, but they're still looking for jobs.

"We've been down to just one roll and just going through a house of seven people going, go easy, there's just that one roll left, because we don't know when we're going to get more. It sounds silly, but that's where we are right now," said Day.

Day said she has met hundreds of other cancer patients in the same financial situation. Recently, one of them told her she had to give up her fight.

"I said why are you giving it up? Come on, this is a beatable cancer! She said, it probably is, but financially, I can't afford it," said Day. "She had to quit her fight to go back to work, so she can continue to live. It broke my heart to hear her say that."

Day said she hopes her story is different.

"The cancer is not scary. The cancer is beatable," she said.

However, Day knows she needs help.

"It's really hard to think, I'm working so hard to beat this cancer, and I may end up being homeless," said Day.

Day has to have two more surgeries, so she won't be able to return to work until January.

WFMY

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