My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for HealthWell Foundation, Germantown, MD, USA
I can't thank Healthwell enough. I had a cancerous left kidney removed in October, 2010. While all existing cancer was removed and it was a non-aggressive form, cancerous cells could still form where the kidney had been removed and travel in my bloodstream to other parts of my body - known as renal cell migration. Our primary care physician referred me to a surgeon with Western Maryland Health Systems. My regular follow-up with the surgeon who removed the kidney only included an outward physical check up every six months and, at that time, I did not know about the possibility of renal call migration. I had such a migration and, upon having a terrible convulsion in November, 2014, I discovered that I had a one inch cancerous tumor just in back of my right frontal motor cortex in my brain! My primary care physician had me transported to West Virginia University affiliated Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. I had this removed and was very fortunate to come out of this with cognition, vision, and speech intact, though I don't have quite the same function in my right side. Ruby is excellent. I now have the surgeon who removed the tumor checking me with an M.R.I. for the brain area and an oncologist checking me with a C.A.T. scan every four months and am also on Sutent, an oral capsule that prevents renal cell migration. I highly recommend Ruby and the Mary Randolph Cancer Center for anyone involved with cancer in this area. The Sutent has been very effective and has prevented migration to date. Unfortunately, it is also extremely expensive. This is where Healthwell has come in. Healthwell has covered the extremely high copay expense for the last year and has accepted me this year. I cannot thank them enough. The people there are very caring and understanding. This takes much stress off of me and my wife and our daughter. A little about myself. I am an retired educator with Garrett County, Maryland, public schools. I worked in pupil services for 39 years. I also served as accompanist for our Church choir for 24 years until a parishioner who teaches music in our school system came in to relieve me in 2000. I still sing in the choir. I also volunteer as treasurer with our Extension office, that coordinates 4-H programs in our county. I substitute teach when able. I've had to reduce activities as my wife has developed kidney failure and has been in dialysis three days a week for almost two years at this point, and also has developed some other conditions as well. I really appreciate Healthwell. They have been a lifesaver literally. I've been able to be helpful to my wife and have lived long enough to see grand and great grandchildren. A big "Thank You" to Healthwell Foundation!