I’m so excited!  My 4th book, Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers, is available NOW!  The short, easy read lists 42 different funding sources to help pay for travel expenses, co-pays–even the cost of your medical insurance.  Several even send you free “stuff,” ranging from complimentary hair care products and gift baskets to free tax preparation or VIP passes to Universal Studios and Sea World.

Financial Aid Book CoverI was inspired to write the book by my good friend, Richard Blustein, co-founder of our Nature Coast Multiple Myeloma Support Group.  Richard started a helpful list for those in our group that needed help paying their insurance premiums and co-pays.

Richard practiced what he preached.  At lunch one day he proudly explained how he had never paid a penny for his myeloma related medical care!   By creatively piecing together and timing his aid requests, Richard’s savings have averaged almost $15,000 a year!

Using his innovative approach as a model, I started researching and quickly discovered that Richard had only scratched the surface; there were dozens of additional ways to help us save thousands of dollars on our medical care.

But my book  is a lot more than a comprehensive list of financial resources and free stuff.  Like a number of things in life, timing is everything when it comes to securing help to pay one’s medical expenses.  Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers outlines how and when to apply for help.  I don’t just point you in the right direction and yell, “Good luck!”  Heck no!  I also provide a step-by-step, easy to follow road map with tips to help you stay organized.

Some of these funding sources do have income ceilings.  But many do not.  You would be surprised how high your yearly income can be and still qualify for co-pay assistance.  Couples making more than $80,000 a year of adjusted gross income qualify for quite a few of the programs.  Does your income number approach $100,000?  You may still qualify for several different grants.  And most of the free give-sways don’t require any disclosure of assets or income at all!

Dave Visel, author of Living with Cancer and co-author of the soon to be released, The Diagnosis Is Myeloma.  Now What?, contributed this quote to feature on the back cover of my new book:

“This book is an excellent source of information for helping patients and caregivers find ways to save money.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Thanks, Dave!

My book isn’t available in bookstores or on Amazon.com yet.  You can only purchase it by going to MyCancerStore.org.  It lists for $15.99.  But since the book is all about saving money, use the discount code AID at check-out and you will save $3,  The code is case sensitive, so make sure to use all upper case when you type it in.  CLICK HERE if you would like to buy one.

As always, you can email or even call me with questions about the book or all things multiple myeloma.  And if you find a funding source or another way for cancer patients to get free stuff that isn’t included in the book, please let me know!  Like my other three titles, I will be updating this book each and every year my health allows–and that should be for a long, long time, right?

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat