March 20, 2020 Blogs

I’ve drained my savings.

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.


Patients For Affordable Drugs is the only independent national patient organization focused exclusively on achieving policy changes to lower the price of prescription drugs.