The PAN Foundation is a hero in my life. I have MS that’s well managed by an injectable med. After being pushed early onto Medicare as a result of collecting my SS for disability, my copay for that med rose from $50 to $2290, monthly. Yes, monthly. That amount is simply impossible for this freelance writer to afford. It’s far more than my mortgage payment... so my choice became 1) be homeless to pay for my med... or, stop my effective medication that’s preventing serious physical disability and remain home, alone and disabled. Yikes, right? When PAN accepted me for a grant, that changed my life immeasurably. Knowing I could keep a roof over my head AND take my meds that forestall full scale disability was like finding the secret to independent living. My heart goes out to the many people who struggle with choosing between poverty or disability or worse. I know there are many who carry that worry around 24/7 with no relief in sight. Pricey drugs DO work... but only if patients can afford them. The word blessing is overused, but in my case I’m blessed by PAN every day I’m not in a wheelchair or homeless. PAN truly holds the key to my quality of life. I’m ceaselessly grateful for the aid. And hope others who are locked into untenable health situations can know the same comfort PAN has granted me.
I am 76, retired, and living on a fixed income so there is little wiggle room in my budget. The $700/month co-pay for the Imbruvica that keeps me alive and treats my CLL (leukemia) would be too much for me to handle. Thankfully, the Patient Access Network has been a tremendous help!
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