Urgent !!! Colorectal stage 4 advice for NZ sister please!!!!!

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Urgent !!! Colorectal stage 4 advice for NZ sister please!!!!!

by Kurshy3 on Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:59 PM

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My sister Paulette is 50 years old and has been diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer that has spread to the liver and into two lymph nodes my sister has been diagnosed with this Cancer since December 2017 I have zero faith in the New Zealand healthcare system considering this is the third member of my family to be diagnosed with terminal cancer the other two are gone ..the problem with New Zealand is They write people off She has been going to 15 minute appointments and has been through chemotherapy intravenously she can’t have anymore of that one now so they put her chemo therapy xenadol. They won’t operate because they say .. there’s too many tumors and radiation isn’t an option it’s just chemo until you die attitude. My sister is low income and Doesn’t qualify for private care with the specialist and her insurance didn’t even cover a colonoscopy which is extremely expensive so the chances of early detection were probably unlikely.. The thing that really bothers me is the lack of information my sister didn’t even know what clinical trials are or that there a second opinions the doctors don’t even want her to have a copy of her records. I live in Los Angeles And she only told me about her cancer one week ago so I am beside myself I know that she will just die in New Zealand. I watched my sister Jackie and my Mom die young from The kind of cancer that might not of been terminal in other countries I know that the cancer my sister has it’s pretty hard but She has two girls and she is timid won’t ask questions. I Have all kinds of crazy thoughts like what if I bought a here as an illegal alien could she get Medi-Cal .. I wonder if there’s any groups that might help with financial expenses that could bring her to a country that that might be able to help her I’m in that’s probably a dream..trials anything..please please help me . I’m not saying anybody deserves to get cancerBut I am the one in my family who partied like a rock star abused my body in anyway that I could ...drank too much ..did everything bad and I’m healthy ..while my sister Paulette ..was a good mother never smoked never drank alcohol .. never did anything illegal or never even drank coffee.. I’m still in shock selfishly... I don’t know how to lose another family member to cancer.. the worst part is to lose a family member to cancer in a country that is inadequate at treating them. Is it only those who reside in countries with good care.. insurance and a lot of money to get to live? Is it?

RE: Urgent !!! Colorectal stage 4 advice for NZ sister please!!!!!

by marti152 on Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:32 PM

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I am so sorry to hear about your sister.  I don't think even if you brought her here to the states she would be able to get on medi cal because she has to have the legal right to work in this country before she can qualify. They ask if you are a citizen and if you mark no then they ask you if you have the legal right to work in this country. I don't know if you could bring her here on a visa with work permit and then she could go to dr and answer the question yes she has visa that allows her to work. Might be something to check into though. You could also check the Cancer Society in NZ and see what they can offer. I wish I had something concrete to tell you but alas, I do not.  I would be glad to help you research if you like. Being so far away is painful for you I am sure. Please take care and my best for both you and your sister. 

RE: Urgent !!! Colorectal stage 4 advice for NZ sister please!!!!!

by marti152 on Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:32 PM

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I am so sorry to hear about your sister.  I don't think even if you brought her here to the states she would be able to get on medi cal because she has to have the legal right to work in this country before she can qualify. They ask if you are a citizen and if you mark no then they ask you if you have the legal right to work in this country. I don't know if you could bring her here on a visa with work permit and then she could go to dr and answer the question yes she has visa that allows her to work. Might be something to check into though. You could also check the Cancer Society in NZ and see what they can offer. I wish I had something concrete to tell you but alas, I do not.  I would be glad to help you research if you like. Being so far away is painful for you I am sure. Please take care and my best for both you and your sister. 

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