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Survivor Story: Lori Thompson

Posted by Pete Visintin on

Written & Contributed 

by Lori Thompson

My name is Lori Ann Thompson, I have been and will always be sick.  It all started 4 years ago.  I had Cervical Cancer first.  Then I had a hysterectomy and then yet another hysterectomy because the first doctor said she did it and billed my insurance.  However, when my new doctor went in he had to redo the hysterectomy that she never did.  At which time he told me she left the country.  I guess I was not the only one she messed up. 

After that I had a ruptured appendix and had to have my gall bladder removed.  Then another doctor who knew I had Renal Kidney Cancer decides to tell me 1 year later that my cancer was invasive and spread all over.  Consequently, I had to have almost all of my kidneys removed which is only suppose to last me for a grand total of five years.

Next, they had to rip my stomach open again and go back in.  Furthermore, I went in to get my scar tissue cleaned up and learned I had 3 hernias in underneath my chest that had to be removed.  I have been in and out of work because of my health. 


I try to keep working.  I am on FMLA but those days are not paid.  I don’t want to go on social security if I still have good days to work.  Plus it doesn’t pay enough.  I have had my checks garnished for the last year at $700 a month which leaves me with not even enough to pay my bills. 


I just keep falling farther and farther behind, and on top of that I have to take days off in order to go to court because I keep getting garnished again and again.  In addition, I had to get new teeth, and I had to have a surgical procedure in order for them to even give me new false teeth during which they had to slice my whole upper gums and clean them up. 


Sounds hard to believe, but it is all true not counting all the other things that have happened along the way.  I can't take a leave because it is just not enough to pay the bills.  The few times I have had to take a leave things got really messed up.  So I have to do what I have to do! 


My friend who has watched me go through all of this found the Fight the Fight website and is trying to help me out.  I am hoping I don’t lose my job because some days I am off on medical leave, and my work is not happy and doesn’t realize the effort I am making to keep coming. 


I have insurance, but my medication is by no means cheap.  I just switched insurance companies, and it does seem to be a bit better.  


When I can get them I also have to have spinal injections in my back which isn't cheap.  It is like what don’t I have!!  But the good lord has kept me going, and they say there is always somebody worse than you!  I would appreciate any assistance even if it is only a few dollars, it is a few less dollars that I would owe. 


Then trying to stay sane in between all this madness my daughter had a child, and the doctor had coded them both “BLUE!"  Luckily all is well now!  


My daughter-in-law who is only 28 years old has Churg Syndrome and has had multiple seizures.  She has three of my grandchildren and is very, very sick.  She works for the hospital.  


To top it all off, my oldest grandchild has been having problems with her real father being mean to her.  My youngest granddaughter, only 4 years old, was diagnosed blind, and she has been down to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.  My grandson is very asthmatic. 


All of these things have been going on and off for the last three years also not counting all the other incidents that have happened in my life.   We bought a house to be closer to my doctors, and the power people wanted to shut off my power because the electric box was deemed a danger and cost $3000 to replace. 


My friend at work says I should write a book because nobody would believe what kinda bad luck I have had. 


Thanks in advance for any assistance Fight the Fight can offer to my situation.  May God be with you and your company! 


More than 50% of the proceeds from all Fight the Fight purchases made between February 1st, 2017 and February 15th, 2017 will be donated to Lori to help cover medical-related expenses!



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