I believe everyone of us has an important story.
Maybe people can learn from them or maybe we can learn from people because of them.
This is mine.
Do any of you suffer from EDS and type 2 diabetes? How do you manage them both with the dietary restrictions? Honestly I’m at a loss, I was told that if you have EDS it is better to be gluten and dairy free. How can a person with type 2 get the carbs and protein when so restricted? #elhersdanlossyndrome #DiabetesType2 #Anxiety #Depression #diverticulosis #Colitis #ChronicPain
Lately, I’ve been reading the online media regarding the latest in health care and medical insurance. It caught my attention that most insurance companies are looking into increasing their premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs for next year. This means more families may not be able to afford coverage if they are on a fixed income or are not able to work due to serious health issues such as diabetes. Crohn’s disease, stroke, cancer, etc. to name a few. So how are we supposed to pay for much-needed care to keep our symptoms under control?
Not-for-profit hospitals are required by law to offer financial assistance like uncompensated care or charity care. Eligibility is based upon certain requirements such as proof of income and residence. Other medical facilities are willing to set up payment arrangements at 0% interest.
I remember talking to one of the moderators from the local Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation chapter several years ago. We discussed how medical costs were astronomical. Members and the newly diagnosed didn’t know how they were going to be able to make payments for services rendered. There were others who were waiting to hear from social security disability to see if they were approved after their IBD had worsened. He informed me that the national website has provided valuable information for members. It listed a range of topics such as insurance, handling claims, as well as other programs that are used to offer assistance with medical payments. There are also two nonprofit organizations that can assist ostomy patients with donated appliances if their medical plan doesn’t cover them or they are on a very limited income as the products are very expensive.
For those who are taking biologic treatments such as Remicade, Humira, Stelera, etc. there are options available through the drug manufacturers where eligible patients are able to pay less than what their insurance deductible and/or out-of-pocket allows. Patients can also request financial assistance applications which are provided by The Patient Advocacy Foundation.There are also several other resources posted on their webpage for Covid care, treatment funds, and educational brochures. To obtain more information, they can contact a representative Monday through Friday from 830 am – 5 pm (EST) at 1-800-532-6274.
For people like myself who have a variety of health problems, the last thing we should have to worry about is whether or not our insurance plan will cover the care needed fI or us to stay healthy. It’s organizations
such as Patient Advocate who truly care about those who are overwhelmed with their chronic health conditions. They are able to offer financial assistance and/or ostomy equipment so it’s one less thing for patients to worry about.
The colitis I live with is labeled lymphasidic. By any name Colitis is a difficult diagnosis. It comes and goes at will, leaving my life shredded and my body devastated each time I get a flare up. With all my hEDS conditions added together, colitis, when I'm in a flare can overwhelm them all. It causes balance of any kind to disappear while I beat a trail like a crippled racehorse to the facilities. It's truly horrible #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD , #HEDS , #lymphocytic colitis
We were up really early and this little guy was at first on our patio and then in the grasses nearby. It was taken through the window, so probably would have been a better picture if not. Still amazing to see.#Photography #Disability # IBDsurgery #ulcerative Colitis #Crohn 'sDisease #Depression #Anxiety #RheumatoidArthritis#ComplexPTSD #ComplexPTSD #Grief#ChronicIllness #MightyTogether
Hi, my name is bubakitty. I'm here because I have recently been diagnosed with micorscopic colitis and diverticulits, after losing 40 pounds over 3 months. I am really having a difficult time finding foods I can eat, and rice cakes and applesauce are getting old.