My name is Janet Kerrigan and I am from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I’d like to share the story of how my life changed as I once knew it on December 1, 2011.
That was the day I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that is terminal and incurable. I was a critical care nurse at the time and was making a good salary, but when I was diagnosed, I went from earning a stable income to receiving a disability check that barely met my monthly needs. The costly medicines and procedures have drained my savings, retirement pension, and 401k.
I have had over 180 chemo treatments and a stem cell transplant so far. The daily medication for multiple myeloma costs $800/capsule and has a $400/month copay. I have to rely on grants to help with the cost, and sometimes the grants are not available. It means living in a constant state of uncertainty.
No one should have to go bankrupt or have constant worry, wondering if the drugs that are keeping you alive will be covered. That is why I am speaking out on this issue. I never asked for or expected to be diagnosed with such a horrible illness, and I know there are countless others out there who have trouble affording this necessary medication. I speak out for myself, my family, and for all the others going through this.