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Friday, July 24, 2009

calling all hearts, we need you again (big giveaway is involved)

dear friends,

i'd like to tell you a story on one very brave woman and then ask for your help. we really need it. i am giving away a $200 shopping spree (to be spent in my etsy shop) to one lucky person who helps...more details below.

MJ profile

as i type this i am thinking about her - about how she is my age, about how she could be my best friend or my sister or any one of us reading this today. i really believe in the interconnectedness of our community. i feel it. i admire it. and i deeply believe in our collective power and hope to change people lives. we did it here on this blog last year when we raised over $5000 to build a house in rwanda for an exceptional family (btw, jen lemen just returned from rwanda where she visited that very house and took photos - more on that soon). and now we have an opportunity to do something really powerful again. i hope you can be a part of it.

megan

meet megan (isn't she gorgeous with a spirit that radiates?). she is a dear college friend of one of my best friends and she is also a reader of this blog, making her a part of our community. megan is 36 years old. she is deeply loved by her family and friends. she is vibrant. talented. sassy and passionate. earlier this year she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer with mets to her bone, lungs, liver, and brain. her story is heartbreaking, but to make matters worse, her insurance (blue shield of california, her employer based plan) has denied life saving treatments prescribed by her doctors, including brain radiation and a crucial medication that targets and removes the cancer from her body (referred to as a 'smart bomb'). having been a medical social worker for many years, i've seen this insurance denial scenario played out over and over again in oncology units across our country. it makes my heart sink to think that this happens every single day to countless people in our country. it could easily be me. it could be you.

my heart aches for megan as she fights for her life while taking on the burden of paying for her care. this is where we can help. you and me. megan's friends and family have set up a chipin fund with a goal to raise $100,000 by august 1st. they've been raising money for a couple of months and now we have an opportunity to add to what has already been raised. let's do it, friends. again, this is about our collective power. i believe that if we all just donate $5 (or more if you can), then we can help one very special woman on the journey of her life. let's dream big, hope to the moon, and see what we can do.

here's what you can do:
1. please donate to megan's chip-in fund (it will direct you to donate via paypal). ANY amt will do. if we all donate $5, $10, $20, we can make a huge impact. i really believe this.
2. after you've donated, please come back here and leave a comment. please only leave a comment if you have donated.
3. i am giving one commenter/donator $200 to spend in my etsy shop on whatever they wish!

thank you guys. my heart is incredibly hopeful that we can make a huge difference and release a little bit of financial burden from megan's shoulders so that she can do what is most important right now: focusing on her treatment, getting well, and spending time with loved ones.

ps - you can read more about megan and her cancer journey on her blog. and more specifics about what her chip-in funds are paying for in regards to specific treatment here. her story has also been featured on president obama's healthcare stories for america page right here.

thank you, thank you, thank you..........this means the world.

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Shalet said...

How could you not donate after an appeal like that. It could be any one of us. This is what I love about the blogosphere - the ability to band together and get things done.

marilyn said...

blessings, kelly, to you for the strength of your superhuman spirit that gathers us all.

chabot road said...

I am always inspired when I read your blog in one way or another, today it was with faith. I really only wish the best for your friend!! Good luck

Olivia said...

Thank you for giving us a chance to help.

ems said...

my father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer almost two years ago and was gone in five weeks. how could i not try to help someone else going through this? i wish megan well. :)

Annette Q said...

So glad to be of any help. Thank you for such an incredible post and I hope it all goes well for your friend. She is my thoughts.

corinne5 said...

I saw the documentary Sicko not to long ago and it made me sick to my stomach that health insurance can deny these kind of treatments. I donated and hope and pray she will make it through this all. Thank you for raising awareness for her.

corinnexxx

pen* said...

once you are told about something like this, something where you can take action (no matter how small); to walk away would mean a conscious decision to do nothing. i couldn't do that.
as you said, this could be you. it could be me. it could be my best friend, sister, mother...
i don't live in the US and i am forever grateful we live in a country that still (just) has free healthcare for all. this is a human right, not a privilege, and i hope the fact people from across the world are coming together to support megan in this journey, will give her some comfort and peace that people do still care.

sparklehen said...

Sending healing thoughts to Megan.

christine said...

I'm an American who lives in London so I've lived under both Health Care Systems...the USA needs Health Care reform desperately.

I applaud Megans strength. Keep Fighting and never give up hope.

I wish I could have donated way more than I did.

Sarah said...

I have donated but not for the chance of the spend! More for what you said-it could be any of us. I watched a programme about denial of health insurance claims in America and I was shocked-it seems like they never want to pay no matter what. It is such a scam. Poor Megan-I will be thinking of her and hoping for the best for her.
Sarah x

Susannah said...

I chipped in! sending her blessings with every single cent :)

Kristin said...

I just donated. This is a cause seriously close to my heart. Immediately after Thansgiving 2006 my mother was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. She was diagnosed on Thursday and on Monday morning she was in surgery having a mastectomy. Fortunately, she is now two years cancer free. Here is my hope that Megan soon finds herself cancer free as well. Miracles happen.

Brynna said...

So glad to help even if it's just a little.

Babushka Mama said...

I am so pleased you have got behind this and I am happy to have the opportunity to chip in. I live in Australia and we have a great health system, I sincerely hope Obama makes some serious changes. All the best to Megan, her family and friends. My best wishes are with you.

jenny said...

You are so right, Kelly.. if everyone gives a little, it will go a long way. Blessings to you, and to Megan. I'm praying and believing for her and her family.

Aleta said...

I am a 2 1/2 year survivor of an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. All of my reports keep getting better each time. You go, Megan, no matter what the appearances are. To BC of CA: We are ALL worth healing and saving. Women with breast cancer are fighters so get on board. Megan is going to amaze us all.
Aleta Barth

Sherri said...

wow, talking about degrees of seperation...i have loved your work on etsy for a couple of years and now i find out you are friends with Claire. Did you go to Stanton? I helped out your friend, sorry it was so little. This is a great thing you are doing. It is very personal to me, as I am sure it is to so many these days. Take Care!

pebbledash said...

Thank you Kelly for sharing Megan's story, and for reaching out. How could we NOT help?
Very best wishes to Megan, and good luck.
Diana x

Janel said...

One of my tribe is a breast cancer survivor, stage three, for three years now. I love her dearly, and want every woman to have the support they need in a battle such as this. It works. It is real. She is alive. Megan will be a survivor too!

Hell ya, I donated!

Keep up the fight Megan-we're fighting with you!

Kate said...

Australian insurance companies aren't much better. Mine refused to pay up on my work sickness policy while I had a kidney transplant.

I wish you well in your fight Megan, SO happy to chip in. Wishing every success to you.

Kate
xo

stregata said...

I chipped in and wish Megan all the healing in the world!!

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

Oh, that touches my heart...I donated, and know that you are doing this great deed by asking for donations...it's not easy to plead for help...I her family reaches her goal...all the blessings and well wishes.
Char.

Amy said...

so hard to imagine this could be any of us, but it could, it really could. i've chipped in and am sending good and healing thoughts. wish i could do more . . .

onequeensfolly said...

There is a common thread...an energy...a life force that binds us...i am so happy to help...

Anonymous said...

thank you kelly for the chance to help. My husband died june 11. He had been diagnosed in May with stage iv lung ca. Was doing his radiation and feeling good but was suddenly taken from us.Megan keep
fighting.....so much can be done.
God Bless you and your family.
Missy from the bayou....

bubblemunch said...

I hope that enough small gifts will help so I add my little one to what I hope to be a growing pile of gifts. I often berate our National Health Service here and worked as a part of it for 13 years. Whatever its failings, at least treatments are, in the main, available to most.

Hopes and wishes to Megan, her family and her friends.

x

The Gritty Bird said...

I am so happy to be able to help- even though it was just a little something. I wish her all strength in her fight. She is in my thoughts.

Peggy said...

Thank you for starting this, we are indeed all in this together and were here to help each other. I was happy to donate. Peggy

indivisuell said...

It is so hard to suffer and it could be me or my friend. "Gute Besserung" from Germany.

Maggie said...

Thank you so much for sharing Megan's story and giving us an opportunity to help. Sending lots of love and healing wishes Megan's way.

Jessica said...

What an amazing thing you are doing for your friend! I wish that I could give more than I am able because it breaks my heart that such a wonderful spirit must suffer so.

I hope that you are on your way to exceeding your goal!!!

artgirl said...

I copied and pasted this on my blog. ((((megan)))) Thank you for posting this Kelly.

Stephanie said...

blessings to megan and her family

Laura said...

the best kind of giving is soul giving. you know when you feel it way down deep, that universal connection? good vibes to megan - what a spirit.

Davielle aka Princess Magpie said...

for those of us who have something to give and to share with others, Megan's plight is one that touches deeply. it could be ANY of us. posting this to my blogs, too, Kelly. praying for Megan.

danielle d said...

an amazing request to do the right thing. i wish megan wellness and peace.

Mindy Blanchard said...

Oh megann's story breaks my heart. One of my friends has brain cancer. It always amazes me the crap they have to put up with from insurance companies. I send you hugs and love for megan and her family! goodluck!

Coleen said...

Thnak you for the opportunity to help...its not much...but all our "not muches" will add up.....my hubby was just diagnoised with sarcoma and we are fighting the fight!
Heart Hugs,
Coleen

Shari Schwarz said...

All it takes is a step--a step in the right direction--and another, and another...to make big things happen. Thanks for taking this step to make a difference in your friend's life.

ambrella said...

absolutely. if our government won't help us (yet...), then we have to helpp ourselves. And that means helping each other. I once read a quote that said, "people don't need strong leaders, they need strong people."

Cindy O'Leary said...

Thank you, thank you for the opportunity to help. We are all on this life journey together; there's no such thing as a stranger. I do hope that Megan and her loved ones can feel the arms surrounding them in this difficult time. It took emergency spinal fusion surgery last summer for me to realize that Yes, these things can happen to any One of us, no matter how well we've taken care of ourselves. What a gift it is to be able to let Megan and her family know how much they are all loved. Thank you, kelly!

Kerry said...

I made my donation. I hope it helps.

Mayberry Magpie said...

Praying for your friend, for you and all who love her, and for our nation as we work together to solve our health care problems. I am blessed to be able to contribute.

teri said...

Good idea, Kelly Rae. I donated today.
xo-teri

Barbara said...

Blessings to her whole family. This is a difficult time for our nations health care. We a more socialized system I think community support with be a common answer. We can't do this alone. Thank you for putting a call out to the community

www.lynnbartle.com said...

I am sending good thoughts her way and hoping for healing.

Clau said...

So glad I could help. My thoughts go out to Megan and her family.

Diane said...

Prayers for Megan and her loved ones.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for allowing me to share a little part of my heart today. I am a single mom and couldn't contribute much financially, but I know every amount counts. I will continue to contribute by the giving of prayers and thoughts each day. God is good, he will surely bless you, Megan and everyone who has shared a part of his/her heart today. I can't think of a better way to begin a day.
Susan

Monica said...

It HAS happened to me and I was very fortunate to have awesome insurance that continues to pay my medical bills that have passed the $300,000 mark. My heart breaks for Megan and her family and that they have to be stressed out over money when they really need to be focusing on her treatments and recovery. Count me in...

mom-b said...

It is a heartbreaking story. I will be in prayer........God is amazing. he can move mountians. kelly is amazing friend! hugs

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Thank you Kelly Rae for starting this campaign. My heart goes out to Megan. I donated.

Anonymous said...

This type of story- the Blue Shield denial part, in particular- just turns my stomach. The idea that they are making a decision based on finances rather than what is right to save her life is something we also should address. CAN WE WRITE LETTERS TO BLUE SHIELD ON HER BEHALF? Can anyone publicize her story on the news to illuminate what Blue Shield is doing? And this, to someone WITH so-called great private health insurance? They shoudl be held criminally liable and I hope there is someone close to her making it PUBLICLY known what they are trying to do. I will definitely be donating. What about also holding an Internet auction where people can donate things to be auctioned off? If you look at bridgetzinn.blogspot.com , that was done for her and I heard it went well. I hope she will be feeling stronger with each new day.

Melissa said...

I feel so naive and saddened that an insurance company can simple deny someone like that. I will definitely spread the word. You are in my prayers.

Katy said...

As someone who deals with them on a regular basis, I now that insurance companies make their money by denying and forcing you to appeal. Just donated and thanks for the opportunity to do so.

Mim Smith Faro said...

Done.

It is quite a shame that she was denied needed treatment. May God bless her.

Kari B. said...

This is a cause close to my heart. My mother is a 5 year breast cancer survivor. Thank you for the opportunity to help - I just sent a donation.

Carmen said...

What a heartbreaking story. Thanks for helping to spread the word.

Anonymous said...

thank you kelly for using your talented gift not only to expose the world to your beautiful art, but to reach out and gather our people into a collective spirit! my heart goes out to you, megan. please continue to draw from your fighting spirit!

Susan said...

Thank you for doing this, Thank you for letting us help.

Zorana said...

Heartbreaking. My best wishes for Megan and her family.

Anonymous said...

Made a donation and will be remembering Megan daily in our prayers. If I randomly win, I would rather an additional donation be made to Megan.

Kathleen

Rhea said...

as an european, i am always incredibly shocked and saddened by those stories. how can hard working people be simply denied their basic right to health? this is beyond cruel.

right now, i am feeling very greatful for the austrian state health insurance system, for the fact that i had really good health care even when i was unemployed.

i wish megan all the best, if my contribution helps i am greatful.

let´s hope all the ladies posting on this blog (including me) take this as a reminder to take very good care of their breasts and other female organs.

Kara said...

I'm usually so hesitant to donate to anything(why is that? so sad). But, I'm glad I did it.

Thanks for giving me a chance to help! :)

Gwen said...

Glad to help.

Julie M said...

Thank you for doing this, it's huge. Thoughts and wishes from the UK

Nicole Austin said...

thank you for posting this and giving us the chance to help. my thoughts and prayers are with her.

Julie said...

Thank you for being a champion for this cause, Kelly. You truly are a possibilitarian - Giving possibility to Megan!

I am ashamed of the U.S. healthcare system. First, why does it cost SO much?! and second, how could an insurance company REFUSE to assist? It's like giving a death sentence. That is absolutely despicable.

But here we all are, standing up against the injustice! Thank you for sharing Megan's story that we can help her and reach out as loving brothers and sisters.

pmcookie said...

This touched my heart! My aunt passed away from breast cancer several years ago. Unfortunately, I can not give much to Megan's Fund, because I am unemployed. My thoughts and prayers will be with her! Thanks for your big heart Kelly!

pmcookie said...

For some reason my post showed up anonymous. Here it is again.

This touched my heart! My aunt passed away from breast cancer several years ago. Unfortunately, I can not give much to Megan's Fund, because I am unemployed. My thoughts and prayers will be with her! Thanks for your big heart Kelly!

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Happy to help and wish I could help more. I really appreciate the connectedness I feel in this blogworld and it's good to do something tangible for a sister. Bless you for bringing Megan's plight to me

Shelley said...

My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family!

~Valentina~ said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm more than happy to help a little bit with Megan.

Vicki said...

Megan truly could be any woman here...sister, friend, mother, aunt...so happy to help...every little bit helps!

Cheryl ~ZanyMayd said...

Wish I could have done more.....
will continue to Pray~
cheryl

takechildren2adore said...

My prayers and donation are with her! God bless you! Thanks for letting us help! :-) Much love....
Sandy

cranejo said...

Glad for the opportunity to help even if it's just a little bit. My mother had a mastectomy when she was just 39 (the same age I am now) and luckily she is fine now.

Andria said...

Thank you for telling us about this cause. I'm going let the small handful of people who read my blog know about the situation as well.

Jenna said...

I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to help. thank you! My husband had a kidney transplant in February after 2 1/2 years of dialysis so I know how difficult it can be to ask for help and how humbling it is when you receive it. We are truly all connected and it is through efforts like this that we are able to realize that connection. Here's to Megan and her full recovery! f*#k the insurance company, we'll show them that love conquers greed any day. :)

Kris said...

Kelly Rae - thanks for helping Megan. You have so many followers & your artwork is so inspirational - it is an honor to give back. I am a 2 year survivor of Stage IIIC Ovarian Cancer and know the ins & outs of the insurance world like the back of my hand. My beautiful family of friends had a benefit for me in my time of need & it has been a blessing in more ways then one. My best to Megan & her family. I hope your goal is met sooner then later.

Kathy said...

light and love from Pittsburgh

Emma said...

I'm glad to donate some to this cause. I am wishing all the best for Megan!

Renee said...

my thoughts and prayers are with Megan and her family - thank you for making a contribution so easy!
xoxx, Renée

darrah said...

You are doing a wonderful thing, Kelly, by getting the word out about Megan. I truly believe that amazing things can happen when people come together.

My warmest thoughts go out to Megan.

Anonymous said...

I got laid off work in Jan, had knee surgery in Feb, and although I found a job, paying COBRA for 4 months took us to the brink. I also lost my wonderful stepdad to pancreatic cancer in April. Of COURSE I donated..... and just wish I could give more. Thanks so much for doing this. I hope to meet you one day. My thoughts are with Megan and everyone out there who battles with adversity. Let love heal us all.

kkserenity said...

Thank you for the opportunity to help her...I send her many blessings

jennifer said...

Kelly~

My mom had stage IV breast cancer too almost the same as your friend.
My mom died 10 years ago this last july 9 because of insurance denial.

I will chip in. This is so important.

Thank you.

~Jennifer

samantha hall said...

What a heartfelt plea. I just donated and my thoughts are with her.

mj said...

Thank you Kelly, what a treasure you are. I am new to this online world, but have been following you for a while and have been hugely inspired by your work and your words. I will be thinking of Megan today and no doubt gratitude for my own life will be overflowing.

julie said...

i too believe in the power of many to come together and assist in anyway they can! thank you kelly for giving us this space and opportunity.
much love to megan.

tracykub said...

It is a blessing to be able to give....thank you for the opportunity...I will keep her in my prayers.

erin carver said...

Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity to help Kelly. I'm so glad to contribute to Megan's fund, I know every wee bit counts but still wish I was able to do more. Sending all my thoughts to Megan to stay positive and strong and to get well soon. Blessings to you both - and to everyone who has contributed and commented here, this is truly amazing to see, the spirit created by community gathering together to help. Such inspiring goodness!

Alice Howe said...

My two sisters are currently fighting breast cancer. We must show compassion and help if possible. It can strike any one of us.

julie king said...

together we can do anything!! thanks for your big heat, kelly and your willingness to make a difference in the world.

Amanda M. said...

Thank you for the opportunity to reach out and help someone in need.
Blessings to Megan, her family, and to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

perhaps we should all email BS of CA...having worked for an insurance company for some years, they really really hate bad publicity. just a thought.

Darcy said...

it could be any of us.....
my wishes are with you and yours.

Rita said...

Hi Kelly
I am feeling that goal will be reached.
Lets all keep our fingers crossed

Rita Correa

michelle said...

bless that precious Megan. bless us all! until i reach my millions, my small contribution will chip away at that bill. thank you for spreading the word.

Jeanneoli said...

Thank you for telling her story! I will be praying for her and her family. This is an amazing community of women!!!!

jane eileen said...

Thanks for sharing this story. Being a survivor of this myself, I knew I needed to help out.

April Hall said...

Thank you for sharing this touching story. I'm happy to chip in.

Ciara Obscura said...

The challenge is to stay solid in the belief that Megan will receive everything she needs to recover her beautiful health. Hopefully this outpouring of love and support from you and the entire blog community (and beyond!) will significantly insure this reclaiming. Also... how freaking cool is it that, when it comes right to it, we as humans shine when we are most needed. Yay for Megan and this amazingness!

Kelley said...

My heart and prayers go out to Megan. As a disabled person I know too well how bad our health care system is..no one should be denied treatments..I donated what I could..I wish it could've been alot more. But I hope my gift adds to the pile and she reaches her goal. She should not have to worry about anything other than getting well. My sister in law is fighting breast cancer too also. Please tell Megan she is not alone and to never ever give up! God Bless.

Melissa Muirhead said...

What a beautiful gesture from you Kelly so I hope my small contribution from New Zealand helps. How wonderful for you to communicate about Megan on your blog and spread the word so if we all do out little bit, then it might make a big difference to one person's life. Blessings.

Anonymous said...

i hope a little bit helps. x

Micah Holden said...

what an extraordinary way to use your talent and grace! Prayers to Megan. thanks Kelly,what a blessing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for raising awareness and $ for this beautiful life:) Bless us all.
Leslie

melissa said...

megan, my angels are your angels now too
wish I had more than money to give you

melissa said...

megan, my angels are your angels now too
wish I had more than money to give you

Genevieve Gail said...

Count me in, Kelly. Thanks for sharing this story with all of us...

melduper said...

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to help. My thoughts go out to this lady as she finds the strength to beat this terrible disease.

Erin said...

Beautiful, Kelly, that you're doing this. Thanks for allowing and inspiring the opportunity for connection in this way.

Tony and Lisa Blackwell said...

This just blows my mind at how thoughtless/heartless these companys are.
We will keep you in our prayers Megan, and will be sending you our love.

Rachael said...

thank you for the opportunity to help. so glad i could. love,rach

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

In honor of Megan and my mother and my Aunt, all of whom will be loved and prayed from cancer back into wellness once more, I offer this small action. Every single thought and action makes a difference. I have witnessed this and am graced by its truth.

Blessing to you, Dear Kelly Rae, for your Goddess-of-Love heart.

mary said...

It's amazing and uplifting when a group of us can come together like this and make such a difference...

Paula: Louisville said...

What a sweet face Megan has and I am sure the soul to go with it. Thanks for giving us a chance to help Kelly - if you don't ask - then you accept no. I hope and pray for Megan to get better. Even if you can't donate a lot - like me since my husband is out of work - you can give a little. It all ADDs up.

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Jenni said...

It frustrates me that insurance companies can dictate what care a person can receive. I've gladly donated. Best wishes to your friend!

Kris said...

blessings and prayers to Megan. Glad I could chip in. Thanks Kelly for providing the opportunity to help.

justagirl said...

my thoughts are with you Megan... xxx

Kelly said...

Hi Kelly,
I'm Clare's other friend Kelly from BU. Megan is a good friend of mine, and I just wanted to thank you and to tell you how moved I am that you are helping to spread the word for a woman you're only distantly connected to. You've inspired and reminded me that we should never stop giving!

Anonymous said...

Thank You for sharing Megan's story with us. Together we can make a difference in so many lives. Woman and men all together can spin miracles. Megan can live out an amazing life and we can all help. From C to shining C...
Brenda

Trish said...

My family has also been touched by this terrible disease. I have donated and wish that I could do more.

Sandra said...

I wish I could do more. All the best to Megan and her family!!!

brenda said...

Thanks for the opportunity to reach out to a stranger I would otherwise have never heard about and offer a small contribution and a large amount of positive energy in her direction.

Tina said...

kelly

hi I just donated its not much but I know it will help. I too have a mom who is in hospice at home...it is tough to be a part of someone you loves preparation of death.

I makes my heart happy to also be a part of someone's fight for life.

You are doing a marvelous thing. I am glad I could be a part of it.

tina

ArtCricket2 said...

Happy to help, wishing her all the best!

Julia said...

I find it so difficult to say no to such a wonderful lady, you can see her wonderful heart through her eyes, and that shouldn't matter anyway, if someone is denied help to lifesaving medication, I think it is the worst information anyone could hear....xx

Cynthia said...

I hope it helps- my thoughts and prayers are with her. I think she is lucky to have a friend like you, too.

stacey said...

Thanks Kelly for bringing this to my attention. You are wonderful.I am honored to help in any way I can.

Honey said...

It takes a village. Any one of us may find ourselves or are already struggling with these same issues. We must do anything and everything we can to help one another. Sending her strength, peace and the resilience to persevere.

Dana said...

God bless you Meagan!

Anonymous said...

i am amazed how tiny things can make a difference. a tiny seed blown in the wind, can grow into a beautiful plant. I hope my tiny contribution will help make a difference. Mariette

Heather! said...

thank you for sharing and giving us all some small way to make a difference.

Chriss said...

Kelli, How is it possible that she is being denied treatment by her insurance company? I am really interested in knowing that...under what conditions can a person be denied. Truly, it makes me sick to think that when you really need your insurance they can deny you. We just filled out an application for Blue Cross Blue sheild...now I am having second thought about switching.
What reason do they give?
Very curious,

Chriss

brittany said...

you have such a big heart.

xo

Jen said...

happy to help! Thanks for spreading the l.o.v.e.

Vickie Hallmark said...

We MUST change our medical system to avoid these heartbreaking situations. That change has to start with each one of us connecting to WHY and WHO and making the effort to start the change. A few dollars each can be the start of something enormous and wonderful.

Thanks to you for starting this discussion and to everyone who contributes. The energy of this group as well as the treatment fund will undoubtedly go a huge way to healing Megan

Anonymous said...

I am happy to contribute. I am fortunate and blessed...I am recovering from stage III breast cancer and have had no problems with my insurance company, so I am glad to be able to help someone else. I will keep her in my prayers.

Lora said...

Oops! Didn't mean to be anonymous. Above was from Lora Leigh.

pamEpoo said...

I am happy to help and hope that if one day I find myself or one of my loved ones in the same situation that I could call on friends like you to count upon.

Shasta said...

Blessings to you both and my prayers are with Megan daily. Keep up the fight, you have an army behind you!

Shasta said...

Blessings to you both! My prayers are with you daily and keep up the fight Megan, you have an army behind you!

fishsauce said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention Kelly.

Gloria said...

I hope the best for megan, I wil keep her in my prayers and send her lots of wonderful thoughts. Kelly thanks for giving us the opportunity to help eachother. Lets hope she makes her goal with our help....

denise lynnette said...

moved to tears.
praying for a miracle.

Jennifer White said...

What an idea...I hope that everyone who reads this knows how much even $5 can impact someone's life. Megan is in my thoughts and prayers and I will be sending positive, healing energy her way.

Alanagh said...

Glad to help. Best wishes for a safe recovery.

Lara said...

Megan's situation throws all my perceived troubles into stark perspective. How easy it is to lose sight of real issues.
Thanks for providing a way we can help.

Amanda said...

Cancer is my least favorite word. My dad has had to go through treatment 3 times and I don't know what he would have done without insurance.

I'll be keeping Megan in my thoughts and prayers.

Tina said...

I wish i could have given more, but more than that i wish Megan didn't have to go through this... i survived cervical cancer at just 17 years old, at 33 i was diagnosed with two chronic debilitating diseases, despite that i have a future and i hope that my small contribution can help towards giving Megan the future she deserves, life is so unfair, for this to happen to any of us is cruel, but to happen to such a special person is heartbreaking... Good Luck Megan my heart and that of my family goes out to you..

pat said...

READ THIS...................
Like you said it could be anyone of us, and it is........me. I am also one of the many whose insurance is doing the side step. It has taken me so long to finally get help, because with insurance that won't help you, plus having a job of any kind really knocks you out for potential financial help, that I no longer have a choice...I will lose my entire right breast. In my search to be able to even start getting treatment I have found help and would like to pass this on to help anyone in need if they are unable to go on medicade like myself........it is called: Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Act........If she has received a letter from her insurance company stating that they will not pay, she then needs to go to a Public Health Service Center and ask to be put on this program. The American Cancer Society could also be of help with this. Unfortunately not all Public Service Places and even American Cancer Society out posts know of this law. It is out there and does excist!!!!!!!!!!! Have her, and her family help, apply for this. I hope that I have not only helped her but anyone else who has read this and in need. You can be a millionare and if your insurance will not pay or if you have no insurance this law/act will pay for what ever you need!!!!!!!!

kendalee said...

Many small drops make up an ocean of caring...

Cori@SAHMbles said...

Many prayers and blessing for Megan. We are so fortunate in Canada not to have to do this. How incredibly sad that faceless companies considering their bottom lines are able to dictate the fate of others. I'm sorry.

p.k. said...

I just belive in happy endings!

Kate M said...

What a moving post, of course I had to donate - like you say it could be any one's story. Good Luck with the fundraising and I wish Megan well for the future x

Judy Grupp Studio said...

Thank you for this opportunity! God Bless all!!

LifeIsArt said...

Loads of wishes, hopes, and prayers from North Carolina. Namaste. Suzy

Heidi said...

Lovely Megan, you are loved loved loved! Love, Heidi

Ashley Brooke Inzer said...

I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful and loving community. Thank you Kelly Rae for the opportunity and for raising awareness.

Leah said...

Thank you Kelly for sharing Megan's story. I'm inspired by the way we all gather to help lift someone up.

To Megan, I wish you all the best in your healing journey. Soak up all the love we're sending your way! :-)

xox

katieleigh said...

Thanks for giving us the chance to help. Megan's smile and story pierced my heart. I so hope she makes it through this...prayers coming her way.

Sam said...

Megan is blessed to have your friendship and support, for sure. Cancer sucks and it breaks my heart that insurance companies make everything so hard when someone is SICK. I will never forget my mother (battling breast cancer) on the phone with her insurance company, in tears. Hope every little bit helps.

Becky said...

Thanks for allowing us to be a part of this story.

Jeanette said...

Thanks for sharing! I used to work for a large medical insurance company in the 90's and this type of claim is the reason I no longer work for corporate America. Most employers add the "not covered experimental" clause in their policy to "save" money not lives. I also battled with Medicare with my Mom's stage IV lung cancer treatment, and sometimes you just have to fight the system.

Anonymous said...

sending a prayer for good health, peace of mind and heart, more love and other blessings to megan and to you, kelly rae, and to your families and everyone really.

donated to help, not for the chance of a generous give-away (but that is very kind of you!)

kathy

Shari said...

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to join together and support and give and show what we can do!

Anna said...

I'm absolutely stunned and moved to tears by this, by what is possible when even a small number of people give a little. Thank you so much for giving us a simple and direct opportunity to contribute to the life of another beautiful soul~

Shravanthi said...

I have donated but not for the chance to win..It is so heartbreaking to just imagine what the family would loose and I would be soo happy if my little contribution can add and change Megan's life.
Thanks to you for taking such initiatives which reminds me that this world is definitely not a bad place to live..
I'll pray for Megan's life and hope she gets well soon..

Denise in MD said...

I pray that the amazing power of "connections" will help to heal Megan's body and heart. I've donated to Megan's fund in memory of my best friend, Angie, who lost her courageous battle with cancer in 2000. In my heart, she will always be a survivor and my source of inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly, as you have been a medical social worker for many years - if we all donated to Megan's fund and then sent a note to Blue Shield would it help in changing the direction of their medical coverage for others like Megan?

Meg said...

Thanks for letting us help.

Anjanette said...

Kelly- That the connectedness might help save this beautiful life blows me away...thanks for introducing us all to Megan and giving us the chance to help.
-Anj

Joey said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog. I pray for your friend.

kathy n said...

just sharing a little of what i have...god bless!

Carol Sloan said...

my sister,grandmother and mother in law died of breast cancer. It is a horrible killer of women (and a few men). I am so glad that I could participate in Megan's care plan. And a warm fuzzy to you for finding a way to let us help!

Jenna/The Word Cellar said...

Health care stories like this break my heart. But it starts to heal when community comes together like this. May the funds donated here help Meg to heal, too.

K13 said...

I donated, but if I were to win, Id rather you put the $200 towards Megan's Fund instead.

MNJackson said...

I hope everyone gives a little something. Every little bit helps. Always in our prayers.

karen said...

i really wish her the very best. my thoughts are with her.

Christine Merritt said...

Thank you Kelly Rae for alerting us about sweet Megan, I've sent a donation, sent warm and loving thoughts and cried with hope for her as I cried again because I miss LeeAnne Wallace so darn much. (LeeAnne lost her battle with cancer on Dec. 1st this past year)...

I need to believe that Megan will win this battle and I will continue to send positive thoughts her way...

Carolyn | A Beautiful Ripple Effect said...

Thank you so much Kelly for sharing Megan's story. I hope we reach $100,000 this week!! I'll spread the word as well. My thoughts are with Megan and her family :).

Contessa Kris said...

What a wonderful cause. I can't believe how much medial insurance companies try to get away with these days. I've sent a donation and a note to tell them I'll be praying for Megan. Thanks for sharing here story here so we could try to help.

valerie said...

Blessings to her, to you and to all.

pstraube said...

How many times do we waste our money on insignificant "stuff?" I can't let this opportunity pass without giving to someone who really needs it. All the best to Megan and Kelly, you are an awesome soul.

Trish

Alix said...

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to help.

I know from my own cancer journey that cancer treatment is very expensive, and dealing with insurance companies drains you at a time when you need your strength the most. I am lucky I was not stage IV as I might have been where Megan is now -- having an insurance company decide what her life is worth. It is morally reprehensible and breaks my heart. We need change.

Jennifer said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Megan.

Sarah-Ji said...

I've had my heart broken by cancer, so my thoughts and prayers for healing and peace are with Megan and her family. Thanks for sharing, Kelly.

acntryangl said...

What a heartwarming cause. God Bless you Megan. Keep spreading your beautiful smile ;)

Maija said...

Done! You are a good friend to Megan Kelly.

Jessica C said...

Just donated and also sent up prayers. Will add her to my list and will keep her in my thoughts throughout the day. Thank you for posting this. I can't help but be really really pissed at that kind of insurance system. Happy thoughts sent her way, though!!!

tam said...

i am so deeply deeply saddened when i hear this sort of story. i personally find the us health care system utterly incredulous (if not psychotic). as a european, this kind of stuff baffles me to no end.

wishing megan all the health, love, light in the world.

tam

andrea scher said...

just donated.

wow.
this is a heartbreaker of a story indeed...

I am inspired by the love pouring in.
xo

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

I'm happy to donate, I wish it could be more. What is WRONG with insurance companies! We have to struggle to pay for the 'protection' and then they don't have to follow through on their end? SO WRONG!
My prayers are with Megan and her family ♥
Darla

eM said...

here's to megan. we are all fighting with you.
~em

Kirsten said...

I hope the funds raised will make a difference! I also believe that the energy we are sending out when we think of Megan is a strength - so keep that flowing to!
Thanks Kelly for letting me help!

Kelly said...

There is such magic, power, and strength in community, and in giving to someone you will never meet, but doing it with love, in the hopes of making a difference. Lots of good wishes for Megan and her family.

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