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Annette update

by Paul C / December 22, 2006 5:47 PM PST

Good news: Since we can't get her on my medical insurance, which won't cover grad school students, we thought that she wouldn't be able to get the drug for her Crohn's that the docs thought best (Remicade, street price: $2,500 every 8 weeks). However, when she returned for Christmas break, she told us that she'd been accepted into the Patient Assistance Program offered by the drug maker, Centicor. Her cost for the drug and associated doctor's visits: $150/month. That she can afford.

More good news: She has met a young man - a really, really nice young man - who she seems to care about a lot. he's an IT type for a company up in Muncie, IN, where she's attending grad school. There are no thoughts of anything other than what they have now, as Annette's determined to get her Master's before even considering marriage, and she has another 3 semesters to go. All things considered, though, things are just ducky here.

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(NT) the perfect christmas gift, congratulations
by jonah jones / December 22, 2006 6:19 PM PST
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by WOODS-HICK / December 22, 2006 8:16 PM PST
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will also pick up the tab(not if drug is experimental,I think) unless her income, which includes what others provide, is too high.

I wonder how much these company provided programs add to the retail price of the drugs. money always comes from somewhere. nothing is ever really free, is it? $150 a month is almost free when you include the doctors.

good thing crohn's disease is not one considered an 'orphan'. 'orphan' diseases are not r&d because of limited return on expenditures. sometimes government or foundations step in and fill that void.

but the real issue is that she is being provided for by someone. that is a true gift and great news

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Glad things are looking up, Paul
by Josh K / December 22, 2006 10:19 PM PST
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Happy Holidays!

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"Tidings of comfort and joy!"
by Angeline Booher / December 22, 2006 11:27 PM PST
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Paul, just at about the same time that I read your post, the sun finally broke through the heavy fog we were having this morning.

So the fog of concern re: Annette's medication has also lifted! Hurrah!

Can't say I'm surprised that she cares for a very nice young man. After all, she does have a role model. I think we often look for qualities we admire in those we love.

"Oh, tidings of joy, comfort and joy!"

Merry Christmas to you and yours!


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(NT) Very nice news, Merry Christmas! :-)
by grimgraphix / December 23, 2006 2:43 AM PST
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(NT) Good news all around...Merry Christmas to you all! :-)
by Cindi Haynes / December 23, 2006 5:04 AM PST
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(NT) Thats good news Paul. Happy for you both. Merry Christmas.
by Rolway / December 23, 2006 8:28 AM PST
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That's wonderful Paul, and all the best to her.
by Ziks511 / December 25, 2006 11:31 PM PST
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Remicade is a big step forward in the treatment of Crohn's and she should see improvement in a matter of a couple or three months, possibly sooner. I will also pass along the dietary suggestions that a friend in his mid 50's with life-long Crohn's has adopted which has wrought significant changes. In its shortest form, avoid all grains; bread, pasta, anything that comes from grain.


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That's terrific news, Paul!
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / December 25, 2006 11:57 PM PST
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I hope she and her young man have a wonderful New Year together!

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