Love Drop #3: Out of the Frying Pan and Into The Fire

I hate being sick, it just sucks. Since I moved to Utah, I’ve been sick more than ever before, probably mostly because of the cold. Sickness goes through Utah in waves and I used to just get knocked over by them each Winter.

But doesn’t it feel great when you recover from something like the flu? Now imagine you have something like the flu, only with a more lasting effect on your life, like a brain tumor. Surviving something like that is nothing short of a miracle, right?

Well, I want you to meet a gal named Katie. She is a single mom out of Dallas and she has had not one, but two brain tumors. She managed to beat the first, and is fighting to defeat the second. But just when she thought things may be looking up, she has to deal with one more thing, hydrocephalus.

Hydrocephalus, more commonly know as water on the brain, can take quite the toll on someones life and can cause death. Katie is fighting all of this while taking care of her kids and bringing home the bacon for her family.

Last month, the organization called Love Drop raised over $13,000 for two little boys with autism so they could receive a special dog trained to help them in day to day life. The community behind Love Drop also provide the family with three iPads to aid in communication. It was pretty amazing watching the story of these two boys and family of five unfold, and watching the video of the actual drop when all the money and gifts were given to the family was heart warming.

But it’s time to do it all over again, and this time for Katie. She needs help. The money raised for her this month will go towards her huge medical bills as well as help bring some community her way since she won’t be able to attend Blissdom conference. Here’s her story:

It’s pretty amazing what a group of people, united together can do. I mean, $13,000 is a lot of money to raise in 28 days! And we need to step up and do it again. Here are some ways you can help:

1. Give $1.00 – This is the best way to help out and join our team at the same time.
2. Join our blogger network – Blog about our Love Drops each month like I am 🙂 It’s easy, it’s rewarding, and it REALLY helps spread the word (which in turn helps our families). Love Drop will give you all the content you need.
3. Give a gift or provide a service – Gift cards are always helpful. Places like Target, Safeway, gas stations, etc would definitely help them out.

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9 People have left comments on this post

» Kevin @ Thousandaire.comNo Gravatar said: { Mar 8, 2011 - 08:03:53 }

This is obviously a very worthy cause, but I still can’t get over the fact that only 50% of the donated money goes to the Love Drops. I know last month, they did 100%, but with the Love Drop team taking 50% off the top, and them not being a registered charitable organization, I really think my money would be better donated elsewhere.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

I hear ya there, and that’s a common concern…but I can’t overlook the good they are doing on an individual basis. I’ll talk to J and see if he can provide a complete rundown of costs so we can see where the money goes.

» YanaNo Gravatar said: { Mar 8, 2011 - 08:03:20 }

From watching the video, I like Katie. I wish her well. But to pay into the exploitative medical system is a supreme waste of money. The costs incurred should not be allowed. Katie and her children will have other continuing needs with normal costs associated with them, and to me, those are the ones to be concerned with. People lose homes over this kind of thing, and the wrongness of it just strikes me every time. If we feed the system, it sends the message that it is okay as it is. It is not okay in any way.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

But what can you do? I mean, she’s already used the medical system and owes them for the services. I feel the same way, it’s completely wrong and I don’t understand how people even pay for medical care like this, but after the fact, what options does she or anyone else have?

Kevin @ Thousandaire.comNo Gravatar Reply:

Medical Vacation?

YanaNo Gravatar Reply:

All we can do is vote with our wallets and conscience. Paying medical bills doesn’t help the patient. It’s like giving Katie nothing. If Katie has insurance, it should pay for everything, but if it does not, it is because the CEOs need their incredible income. My vote on that is to eliminate insurance companies entirely/get that middleman out of the way. I do have to say that at least it appears that Katie got good care, because she seems to be in pretty good shape for what she’s been through.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

I agree that something needs to change, drastically. It’s not fair to anyone (except those CEOs of course). But the damage in Katie’s case is already done, she already owes that money and if she values her credit score (don’t even get my started on credit..) and her safety/sanity in terms of collection agencies, the bill has to be paid, right?

I recall you guys avoid using insurance altogether and self-pay/save/budget for all your medical right? I think that’s a good and admiral way to fight the bogus insurance world. It sends them the message, “we don’t need you!” 🙂

» YanaNo Gravatar said: { Mar 9, 2011 - 10:03:58 }

Part of the problem is that the “damage” is not over with. The system has an insatiable appetite, and human needs are continuing needs. Katie might get very temporary peace of mind through having the current bills paid, but I don’t think medical bills are an appropriate thing to give charitably toward. To me, it’s like throwing money down the toilet and saying, “Exploit me some more. And not only me, but every American who isn’t on the receiving end of the profits.” And then we have those who complain, blaming the recipients of medical care for their own high medical costs – they say they are paying for the care of others, such as unpaid emergency room visits. If that is the case, why should payment be made twice?

Personally, we try not to use medical care. But we don’t have Katie’s condition. I was very dissatisfied with the last medical care I paid for, as I got nothing for the money, not even a diagnosis. That’s a longer story, and served to strengthen my commitment to learning how to take care of ourselves through alternate methods. I’d like single-payer to be the way it works in America, but in absence of that, I’d like the market to decide the issue. That can’t be done as long as there are insurance companies for health care. Prices won’t go down unless everyone must pay for his own/household’s care. We can’t save enough for medical needs the way it is now, because nothing is enough when you are in the position to use the system. We do want other things in life.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Ahh, I see what you’re saying now. I misunderstood what you meant earlier. I’ll have to ask some of my buddies overseas how medical care is handled in other developed nations. It will take much more than that and wishing to change the entire system here, but at least we could get some ideas for our own lives.

We exhaust every alternative we can find before heading to the doc as well. I’ve never been satisfied with my own medical care. I’ve had a few major things happen in the past five years, and each time the doc says, “wait it out, there’s nothing we can do. Here’s a $1000 bill” it’s ridiculous.

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