Lesson 1499 – I’m one of those people

I wasn’t going to talk about this yet, but with all that is going on in Washington I feel like I have to.

Two years ago, because my mother was diagnosed with a very aggressive and rare type of skin cancer. I made an appointment with a dermatologist for a baseline examination. I figured – “Let’s see what my skin looks like now so that we can compare it to the future.”

All was well but because of my mother’s cancer I was put on a yearly schedule for checks.

This year, what I had thought was simply a mole on my face (that had been there for years but only recently started to look suspicious) was biopsied and it turned out to be cancerous.

Good news is that it’s basal cell cancer, bad news is that it’s a rare type of basal cell that acts like it’s malignant.

We have insurance. No problem right? Then let’s just go ahead take it out.

Except that because of the location (on the side of my nose) and because of the type of cancer, the Dermatologist surgeon told me that they will need to take a nickel-sized piece of full thickness skin out of my face. (Go ahead and hold a nickel up to the side of your nose and see what that will look like. I did, it’s not pretty.)

Because the hole will be so large, a plastic surgeon also needs to be involved.

Due to scheduling conflicts with the docs and changing of insurance, they are now saying that it looks like I’ll be having the surgery in March. Five months after the cancer was diagnosed.

And that’s with a good solid insurance plan and going to good doctors.

Because I’ll be going to two surgeons in two different facilities, this is going to cost us thousands of dollars out-of-pocket even with our insurance.

I’m fortunate. We can cover this.

If we didn’t have insurance, there would be no way (other than selling the house or taking the kids out of college – something I would never do) that we could afford the bills for two surgeons.

And who knows what is going to happen down the line? Once you have cancer, you tend to get it again.

Cancer is a pretty big pre-existing condition

If the current administration has its way, pre-existing conditions won’t be covered. People will have the option of going broke or living.

I am one of those people.



Wendy Thomas writes about the lessons learned while raising children and chickens in New Hampshire. Contact her at Wendy@SimpleThrift.com

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7 responses to “Lesson 1499 – I’m one of those people

  1. Elaine McManness

    Wendy, I am so sorry that you have developed a skin cancer, I am dealing with several spots over my right ear that seem to be growing and on top of my head, but none of mine (so far) have gotten to the point of needing to be removed surgically….yet. My dad had the same type as mine on his nose and over a period of 20 years or assorted treatment, he finally had to have the bulk of his nose removed and rebuilt from skin from his cheeks. No plastic surgery was done so dad looked like he’d be at the receiving end of a bad bar fight, but it didn’t matter to his family. We loved him in spite of his odd shaped nose. Dad lived to be 102. I’m praying for a good outcome for you and I am hopeful that it will be covered under the new Trump medical plan. From everything I have heard from him and his team, the pre-existing condition is one of several points of Obamacare that he does plan on keeping, so hopefully you will have nothing to worry about. Good luck with your treatment and God bless you.


    Elaine McManness

    P.S. I enjoy Lessons Learned From the Flock so much and greatly enjoyed your notes about your border-to-border walk with your son. That was an awesome feat for both of you!

    • Wendy Thomas

      Thank you for your kind words. Even though I’m going to have to use a plastic surgeon, I’m not at all afraid of scarring. Scars are reminders of a life’s adventures.

      And with regard to keeping the pre-existing condition, I, too, pray not only for myself but for other members of my family and friends who have pre-existing conditions that it is kept in.

      And thanks for following our walk, this spring Griffin and I plan to do another one (and you can bet I’ll be writing about it.)


      On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:12 PM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  2. I’m sorry to hear about this, Wendy. I’m also so glad you will be able to handle it as well. God always takes care of us and He often makes a way when there seems to be no way. If God has blessed you financially, this may be one of the reasons–so you can handle this circumstance. I will be praying for you.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Thank you for your good wishes. I’m sure that all will work out fine.


      On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 12:56 PM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


  3. I hope all works out well for you Wendy.

  4. Cancer can be terrifying–I know all about that… looks like you have a great game plan. So glad you stayed on top of it and got it checked more quickly. March is a long time to wait, yet it gives you time to prepare. Best wishes, and glad you have the means to have the surgery.

    • Wendy Thomas

      Thanks for your wishes. It’s true about preparing. Even though this won’t cause a tremendous disruption (at most I’ll have to stay home for a few weeks) it’s still good to have the time to make plans.


      On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 5:04 PM, Lessons Learned from the Flock wrote:


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