April 13, 2020 Blogs

I worry that I will not be able to afford to live.

My name is Steven Hadfield. I am a long-time North Carolinian, a husband, a grandfather of three, a football fanatic, and a rare cancer patient as well as a diabetic. 

I have been a hard worker for all of my life. I work full-time at Walmart. I also work part-time at Bank of America stadium as a Concession Supervisor. I have even had the opportunity to work in a suite at a Super Bowl, which was an incredible experience. I love the work that I do and I have always enjoyed keeping busy.

But I also live with a rare blood cancer that is treated with a drug called Imbruvica. The list price for the Imbruvica that keeps me alive is $11,000 every 28 days. I also take Lantus to treat my diabetes, which costs me $400 per month.

I am fortunate to currently have insurance coverage through one of my employers, but as of recently, I have not been able to work as much due to my health. I fear for how much my medications will cost me when I switch over to Medicare and a supplemental plan. I worry that I will not be able to afford to live. The Social Security check that I receive only covers my rent. No one should have to live their life wondering if they will be able to pay the price to stay alive.

I want to continue to treat my cancer and my diabetes as well as I can so that I can keep doing the things I love. I want to see more football games, I want to spend more time with my grandchildren, and I want to continue to live the life that I love with my wife. 

Pharmaceutical companies cannot keep making these outrageous profits while people like me struggle to afford to stay alive. It is time for change.


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