Hello, dear readers!

Please gather ’round. I want to talk to you about a little something.

If you roll in my blog/Twitter circle, (that just sounds silly, but oh well) you probably know about Operation Layla. If you haven’t heard, let me share some details.

Layla of Wish Fulfillment Every Day and I have been blog/Twitter friends for awhile. We somehow found each other’s blogs, and after reading her writing, I knew we should be real life pals. Too bad Layla lives in Atlanta, and we are thousands of miles apart. πŸ™

Anyway, the one thing Layla and I wish we didn’t have in common is female health issues. Recently, we both found out that we would need the SAME surgery (laparascopy). Cue major anxiety and lots of tweeting back and forth about upcoming surgeries. Then cue Layla getting a devastating letter from her insurance carrier telling her that they would NOT cover her upcoming March 22nd surgery.

I feel very deeply for Layla as her friend, and also as someone who requires the very same surgery. This setback is devastating.

Here is Layla’s whole story…

{Layla and husband, Josh}

One month after her 30th birthday, Layla was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer (1A Adenocarcinoma). She was extraordinarily lucky that it was caught early, and was able to have a simple surgery to remove the cancerous cells. Three years later, Layla had been in horrible pain that affected nearly every aspect of her life. Temporarily uninsured due to a job change, she paid out of pocket last October to go to the doctor and make sure that the cancer had not returned. Thankfully, it had not. However, her doctor believes that she has pelvic adhesions and Endometriosis due to the previous surgery, but it can not be diagnosed until an additional surgery (laparoscopy) is performed.

The doctor also found out that Layla has cervical stenosis, which basically means her cervix has completely shut due to the scar tissue from the previous surgery. These issues make her miserable most of the time, making simple things like going to the bathroom and menstruation horribly painful, and sexual intercourse impossible. He stated that if she did want to have children one day, even sperm could not pass through her cervix, and she would have to have intrauterine insemination. The doctor wanted to schedule surgery as soon as the insurance at her new job went into effect. Her company fired her the day her insurance became valid, ten days before Christmas, plainly stating that it was because of her health issues. Fortunately, she was able to get on her husband’s insurance, which went into effect on February 1st. As soon as she could, Layla scheduled surgery for March 22nd. Then her insurance company dropped a bomb: because she had gone to the doctor (even as a self pay patient) within a three month period prior to her enrollment date, they were considering her health issues to be a pre-existing condition, and would not insure any doctor visits, medication, or surgery for them for 388 days. 388 days is a long time to wait when you are in near constant pain and can’t work. The sooner Layla can have this surgery, the sooner she can return to work (hopefully with a nicer company!) and start living her life again. Her doctor has been nice enough to work out a deal with her, decreasing the amount of her surgery to $4,000, the cost of the anesthesia to $500, with additional fees for biopsies of removed tissue to be determined, if Layla can pay as a cash patient. The problem is, Layla is unemployed due to this, has used her savings to pay for living expenses and medical bills, and has been denied loans for the surgery because of her unemployment status. She does not have a close family, so she can’t ask them for help. Surgery is scheduled for March 22nd, and Layla and her husband are still trying to secure a loan through several banks.———There is a whole family of bloggers out there that are reaching out, holding online sales, and collecting donations for Layla’s upcoming March 22nd surgery. It’s eleven days away! We can’t waste a minute. If you can find it in your heart to send a donation (every bit helps) that would be so amazing. You can give a gift by clicking “Operation Layla” button in the right sidebar.There is also a dedicated website with the most up-to-date information on Operation Layla activities.
You can always email me with any questions or concerns {carlysdreams at hotmail dot com}Thank you all so much for reading!

thelessthandomesticgoddess

4 Comments

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    -J.Darling

    March 11, 2011

    Hey there.
    I work in the medical health insurance world as a certified professional coder, and my mother works as the director of untilization management at a major medical group here in so cal. We might have some knowledge that will help. If you're willing to hook me up with Layla, I may be able to help. No promises, but often time mis-coding results in insurance denials.
    Feel free to pass on my e-mail (jdarlingmusic@aol.com). Thanks!

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    honey my heart

    March 11, 2011

    it's great to see the blogging community gather around this cause. i hope to donate something to help her out.

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    thelessthandomesticgoddess

    March 12, 2011

    @J. Darling: Thank you so much, J.! Operation Layla has blown up in the past 48 hours and has almost reached its donation goal!! πŸ™‚ However, at some point, I think Layla will need to figure out her health insurance issues. I'll send her an email and forward your info to her when things settle down. Thank you again for offering to help out! xo

    @honey my heart: Thank you so much! Just taking the time to read this post and reach out is awesome! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

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    jacin {lovely little details}

    March 14, 2011

    such an amazing cause, i love it.

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