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Planned for 2015 FIRE but just diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma
Old 01-01-2014, 10:01 AM   #1
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Planned for 2015 FIRE but just diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

A bit of a monkey wrench. It has very high cure rates but now worried about cost of medical insurance and potential on going medical expenses. Will be 55 when I retire so far from Medicare.

On the one hand facing this kind of challenge makes me even more committed to enjoy retirement before it is too late. On the other hand I worry about the financial implications on our budget.

Any advice from others that have faced a similar dilemma?


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Old 01-01-2014, 11:31 AM   #2
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A bit of a monkey wrench. It has very high cure rates but now worried about cost of medical insurance and potential on going medical expenses. Will be 55 when I retire so far from Medicare.

On the one hand facing this kind of challenge makes me even more committed to enjoy retirement before it is too late. On the other hand I worry about the financial implications on our budget.

Any advice from others that have faced a similar dilemma?


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Hi, I'm so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but I know a couple of people who have had Hodgkin's lymphoma and are now cured.

How much do you have in your budget for healthcare. You can look at the ACA policies available to you and see if you can cover the monthly premium plus the out of pocket maximum. That would be the most you would pay under current programs. If you want to be cautious you could bump those numbers up by 10% (or whatever you are comfortable with).

Best of luck with your treatments and please keep us posted.
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Very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. That said, my sister had lymphoma, and she's been clear ever since her treatment ended more than 20 years ago. And I am sure treatment has improved since her diagnosis, so hopefully this will be an unpleasant bump in the road for you and nothing more.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:42 PM   #4
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I am sorry to hear of your illness, but very glad that there is a very high cure rate.

I found out I had an asymptomatic brain aneurysm about a decade ago. I had it repaired and haven't had any further problems. In a way it was a good thing because it made me realize that I need to get out there and make the most of what time I have. I also began to appreciate my health much more than I used to.

Take good care of yourself.
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