I know I might be setting up myself to a lot of criticism here, but I have been struggling with this and need to see other's thoughts.
I was diagnosed with CML in April of 2009, and caught it very early. After 6 months on Gleevec, I was PCRU and have maintained this ever since. My current insurance through work is killing me with monthly costs, and what they will not cover. My HR department noted this and suggested that I change to a better coverage plan. Under this new plan, I will need to pay $5K deductible at the beginning of the year (out of pocket) and nothing but bi-weekly out of paycheck stuff the rest of the year. (What I will save bi-weekly will actually pay the $5K, so it makes sense) Unfortunately, the open enrollment for the new insurance does not coincide with the calendar year, and I will need to pay a $5K deductible in September, and then again in January. I am hoping to avoid this. I have three months of Gleevec which will take me through November. If I get another prescription filled between now and January 2012, I will get hit with the $5K deductible (as this includes medication and Gleevec costs $6K/mo though my pharmacy).
My question is this: Can I take a month off?
I explained the situation to my oncologist, but she would not endorse the idea (but I believe this was more CYA). I do not believe I would qualify for Novartis financial aid. Any thoughts? Regardless of the financial side of things, I could really use a month away from Gleevec.