Sunday, December 13, 2009

Expenses for a Day

The last two days have been really good. I haven't had much pain or been nausea.

I thank God that I work at a place that has a great union. We have bargained for good benefits and pay. First, let me begin by saying I don't need money. I am blessed to have such great insurance and benefits and my family is fine. My point to this blog entry is thinking about all the people who don't have insurance or good benefits. I can't imagine the financial burden they must be in. I thought I'd tell you about some of the expenses that you incur when traveling back and forth to MDA.

This is the cost for 1 day of chemo:
1. $50 for gas
2. $20 for food for the day
3. $15 for parking
4. $25,000 per chemo treatment (I have insurance, don't worry)
5. Some people loose a days pay when traveling to MDA. I luckily work for a company that pays me for sick leave.
6. Some people even pay airline tickets and hotel stays.

This total isn't including the blood work, the doctors visit or any other tests/scans that may be ran while at MDA. Again, let me say that I don't need money. I've just been thinking about other people who may not be as blessed as me. With that being said, I'd pay a lot more than that to be getting the level of care MDA provides. You can't put a dollar amount on the value of your life.

Even though life gets tough, we don't have to fear because God will not only give us comfort, but he'll also meet our needs.

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

1 comment:

  1. Mark, I never heard of the prophet Zephaniah until we had a reading from that book in church today. The verse below is Zephaniah 3:17 and was the basis for the sermon. Bottom line is that God loves you, delights in you and sings over you because of his love. I know that he's working a miracle in you! Barry

    The LORD your God is with you,
    he is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    he will quiet you with his love,
    he will rejoice over you with singing."