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As an 18-year breast cancer survivor, Kay LaFrance was just starting to enjoy retirement in 2018 when she was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Although she had fought cancer before, she was stricken with despair and disbelief, terrified of the road ahead of her.
Kay traveled to a different city to receive a specialized treatment at a center that was outside of her insurance network. Many of the costs came out of her own pocket. After a long, hard fight, she is now in remission, but lives with the everyday fear that her cancer will return.
In a devastating twist of fate, Kay’s husband, David, was diagnosed with a different type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in February 2020. Because Kay is immunocompromised, she has been unable to accompany David as he fights for his life, undergoing treatment alone in the hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this difficult time, the LaFrances turned to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). They received support from some of LLS’s Patient Financial Assistance Programs and other patient resources. “We are forever grateful that LLS was there for us during a time when we needed support most,” says Kay. “From keeping us informed through their free, informative webinars to helping us pay for essentials like groceries, LLS was a huge source of support for us.”
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