“I Have Options, but Do I Also Have Any Rights?”
If you have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, you may have experienced difficulties securing the elements essential to maintaining adequate quality of life: consideration, hope, peace of mind and appropriate care. Having sufficient financial resources can be critical to obtaining these. At a time when you are at your most vulnerable, remember that you have rights.
Whether we like it or not, financial circumstances do have a direct and daily impact on most families who are dealing with a life-threatening illness. For some, having enough money simply means having what it takes to cover the basics — food, clothing, shelter, transportation and necessary healthcare.
For others, however, it also means obtaining enough money to have additional options and achieve specific goals — making certain that a long-anticipated wedding is celebrated in style, taking a family trip to satisfy a lifelong dream, or seeing a child off to college. And while it means something different to every family, one thing remains the same: quality of life is often determined by your degree of financial security.
If this Patient and Family Financial Resource Guide has given you a new sense of control, helped to reduce the level of stress associated with your circumstances, and supplied you with the necessary tools and resources to explore your options more effectively and expeditiously, then we feel we have accomplished our goal of helping you and your family start living fully in the moment.
As we established earlier, when you are in the fight of your life, information can be your strongest ally. Our hope is that you now know that you are not alone in this battle.