One Member’s Cancer Story

The word “cancer” can be overwhelming and scary. One member heard that terrifying six-letter word last year. That member wrote a comprehensive blog post on his cancer journey from diagnosis, to surgery to recovery all while The Health Co-Op was there for him from start to finish:

“Now, past age 50, and minus 5 spots on my bald head (where my dermatologist removed 5 Basel Cell Carcinomas), I am my family’s leading proponent of sunscreen and hats!  I literally never leave the house (in daylight) without a good hat and plenty of sunscreen.

I mentioned above that I am blessed.  I am.

As a member of The Health Co-Op, I was also blessed to be able to make decisions about my skin cancer with just me and my doctor.  There was no one, anywhere who was able to make a decision about my health care – which doctor I saw, which hospital I used.  I was able to prayerfully make choices that were fairly personal (at least to me).

Probably the biggest blessing, however, was to receive prayer from a Member Advocate at Samaritan Ministries when I called to open my need (the first step in my need being shared with members of SMI).

Since May, at the direction of the ministry, a set of members have sent their monthly share to me and my family so the bills incurred in my skin cancer surgeries could be paid.

It has been a huge blessing to focus on healing, not the details of health care and to receive notes of prayer and encouragement from those members.”

Read this member’s full cancer story and learn more about how The Health Co-Op can help you with your health care needs.