December 6, 2007 2:59am CST
A couple of months ago I wrote about my sons Ankylosing Spondylitis here on mylots. I would like to say thank you, to all who responded with such compassion and helpful comments. Update: My son, thirty years old, recently lost his job, as a CDL truck driver, he can no longer pass the physical. He is seeing a good and compasionate doctor (I know, I know, seems like an oxymoron, but true never-the-less) He is seeing a Rheumatologist. The doctor wants him to begin the drug Enbrel. Four injections a month, to the tune of $1600.00 per month...that is one injection a week. Of course since he lost his employment he lost his medical coverage as well. The disease is progressing rapidly, very rapidly. He has already lost most of the vision in his right eye due to the AS. Next could be his lungs, or heart. The Enbrel will not return him back to the "normal" he enjoyed not long ago, it will however slow or even possibly stop the progression. I have been scared out of mind. None of us, his family, has the kind of money it will take to pay for that kind of help every month. Okay,now the good (goodness) part; we contacted the Enbrel Co. and were referred to the ENliven Foundation. HOPE. What a wonderful word!! Hope. Hopeful. The foundation may pay for the treatments. The represenative seems to think he will qualify. Much paper work to do first... We are a 'praying' kind of family...God does hear our prayers,but it is usually through another person that he answers them. Please, let us all listen carefully, that we too may be the answer to someone's prayer. And again, thank you mylotters. And, thank you God.
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6 Dec 07
Oh, thats good news!! When we saw you that day, fresh from the doctor, I could see the worry in all of you... there are MANY programs available to help him. And especially now that he can't work, which I'm amazed he could do up to this point! He's a good guy... help will be there. Stay strong.