Living with HER 2 Metastatic breast cancer with no access to Herceptin in state hospitals

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Keep picking yourself up. My thoughts are with you each step of the way.

Laurie Kennedy

Backed with R700.00 On Jul 30, 2019


We in the United States don't realize our privilege. No matter whether you have government or private insurance in the US, you are allowed the life-saving drug Herceptin for Her2+ Breast Cancer. And Genentech, the company that developed the drug, offers co-pay assistance programs for anyone whose insurance doesn’t pick up the full amount. Not so in South Africa. You must be wealthy enough to afford private insurance that pays for Herceptin. What an oxymoron! We all deserve the chance to live when a treatment is available. Not all are so lucky as to live in a country that values the life of every citizen, regardless of their financial status. Just like myself, Michelle has a daughter in her 20s who needs her mother’s love and guidance. In 2014 my breast cancer metastasized and was life threatening. But because I could afford the best treatment and had insurance coverage for Herceptin I survived. I can’t imagine the anguish my children would have felt losing me so early in their lives.

Maria Bachteal

Backed with R700.00 On Jul 30, 2019

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