My medical bills

Campaign Created by: Kent McManigal

The funds from this campaign will be received by Kent McManigal.

Goal: USD $15,000
Raised: USD $ 1,895

On April 4, 2023 I had to undergo surgery to remove six or so inches of my sigmoid colon. There was a dangerous polyp there that kept growing back and couldn't be removed during a colonoscopy due to its depth and flatness. It had high-grade dysplasia, which means it was at great risk of developing into cancer if not completely removed.

My insurance isn't great. My part-- after the insurance has paid their part-- was over $10,000.00. I'm still paying on it.

Then, without warning, on October 26 I developed a detached retina. The first thing the next morning I called an optometrist, they fit me in and called an ophthalmologist/surgeon who saw me as soon as I could get to his office and they did the surgery that day.

They saved my sight in that eye, although I'm blind in it until some things heal.

That's great, but that means more medical bills when I'm still dealing with the bills from the colon surgery.

And then... on December 5th, I suddenly realized I was passing a kidney stone. Within 30 seconds I was on the floor in agony. I'd been through this in 2015, so I knew what was happening. I ended up in the emergency room overnight. The stone was too big to pass, so on December 20, I had surgery to remove it. Which involved follow-up appointments. I may or may not keep all of them, depending on finances.

The bills keep on coming and piling up. It's pretty bad!

Any help will be greatly, immensely appreciated!

Thank you so much.

UPDATES

from the shadows
March 17, 2024
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After being shamed for having a fundraiser, I've been reluctant to post updates or promote this in any way.

But, if someone wants to help, and is in a position to help without harming themselves, I appreciate it. Or you can share this with others, if you'd prefer.

The bills keep coming, as they tend to do until they are paid off. I'm going to have to have the new cataract taken care of in the near future if I want to continue seeing. That will mean new bills on top of all the others, which makes me cringe to even think about it.

That's how things stand.

Thank you.

Update #18
February 22, 2024
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I've become very self-conscious about having this campaign up and asking for donations. But there are things about my current financial situation I'm not willing to share-- things which make this campaign necessary.

If you want to help and if you can help, I appreciate it. And share this with others who might feel the same. Otherwise, please feel free to ignore my request.

I'm still paying what I can, but any new bills have to go to the back of the line. I pay those I've made specific payment arrangements with first. It's just how it has to be under the circumstances.

Thank you, if you're still here.

Update #17
February 17, 2024
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I’m still making payments. I haven’t gotten any new bills recently. Just more of the same- one strange thing is that one of the automatic payments I have set up also sends a bill in the mail and texts and emails me to tell me I still have an outstanding balance. Yes, I know. That’s why I’m making monthly payments…  They could save themselves the cost of a stamp if they’d simply accept the money I’m sending them.

Anyway, I appreciate the help and hope you’ll consider making a donation or sharing this fundraiser wherever you think it might be helpful to do so. 

Thank you so much!

I paid off a bill!
February 11, 2024
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I’m thrilled to say I actually paid off one of the smaller bills! It was a great feeling! 

There are so many bills remaining, and more coming all the time. I need to sit down and add them all up to see where I stand now, but that would probably be depressing.

I appreciate your help. Please share wherever you can.

Update #15
January 25, 2024
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Just a reminder that: 

A- I’m still here.

B- The bills keep piling up.

C- The Underwear Gnome plan isn’t working as well as I’d hoped. 

The hospitals, clinics, technicians, and doctors still want money. The day after I make a payment to any of them, they call reminding me I still have a balance…as if I’m not aware of it. It’s discouraging to say the least. I’m doing what I can.

If nothing else, please share this if you possibly can.

New bills are arriving
January 13, 2024
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I had to raise the campaign goal because the new bills have started arriving. Over $5000 in new charges arrived in the past week. That's from the retina surgery and the kidney stone surgery.

I just wanted to be transparent about why the amount suddenly increased.

Thank you for your support and for sharing this campaign.

The medical debt keeps mounting... HELP
December 12, 2023
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This hasn't been my year.

Hot on the heels of my retinal detachment at the end of October, last Tuesday I ended up in the ER overnight with a kidney stone. Better yet, it's too big to pass on its own, according to the CT scan. Especially with the stricture to my urethra which caused so much trouble with the colon surgery back in April.

I'm following some advice with homemade concoctions to try to pass it anyway. Nothing so far.

Otherwise I'm scheduled for surgery to remove it on December 20-- next Wednesday. 

I have no clue how much this is going to add to my medical debt, but it's going to be a LOT. I haven't gotten the bill from the ER yet, but they warned me my insurance deductible was high. I don't know how much the surgery will be but the urologist has already said they need $291 two days before the surgery, and that the hospital will be contacting me about what they need up front. I don't have it.

So any help you can send would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!

Now it's about colons and eyeballs
October 31, 2023
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I'm still dealing with the bills from my colon surgery, but last Friday-- October 27-- I had emergency surgery to repair a detached retina. I've renamed the campaign to reflect that it's no longer just about the colon surgery.

I have no idea how much this latest excitement cost, but the one bill I've seen so far was over $1500. 

I know this campaign has slipped to the back burner, but maybe a gentle reminder can get it some more attention.

I was told to post an update
August 20, 2023
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Not much has changed. I'm on payment plans with the different medical providers and for the personal loan to cover the pre-surgical expenses.

This platform sent an email reminder, telling me to post an update as a reminder. So here it is.

Just a reminder...
July 31, 2023
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...that I'm still here. 

Share this if you can.

Thank you!

An unusual Twitter request, and a little bit of an update
July 26, 2023
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First of all, if you've already donated, you're good. Give someone else the opportunity to help.

But, I have a request that you share this campaign because I'm prevented from doing so in the way which has usually been the most effective for me.

Most of my engagement from sharing this campaign has come from Twitter in the past. But I just got banned permanently from that platform for encouraging people to defend themselves from protesters who are threatening the life of their children. If you want the full details, here they are. Twitter doesn't approve of acting in defense if it means some attacker or socialist protester gets hurt-- but I doubt that surprises you.

I'll share this how I can, but I'm severely throttled now in how I am allowed to share it. That's why I'm begging you to do what I can't.

Share this with others. Particularly share this on Twitter. Sure, Facebook, Pinterest, Truth Social, your blog, and intrusive emails to all your contacts would also be good, but I wish this could flood Twitter. Let their ban-hammer prove to be ineffective in silencing me. Corporate censorship must fail every time it is tried.

And, of course, I still need donations, as I have already canceled one follow-up appointment because I simply can't afford to go at this time.

Funny thing about health care providers...
July 13, 2023
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...They want you to keep making payments until the whole thing is paid off.

So, if you can, and if you want to, please consider lending a helping hand.

Thank you!

They aren't satisfied
June 19, 2023
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The medical entities aren't satisfied unless I make a payment of at least $90 every month. I don't have $90 every month to pay them. Much less $180 per month to pay both of them. As well as money above and beyond that to repay the person I borrowed the pre-surgical money from.

If you can help out, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks in advance!

I'm still here
June 3, 2023
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I'm not pushing the campaign much anymore. This is just a reminder that It's still active and I'm still here. You know the drill.

Should I end this?
May 24, 2023
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I'm trying to decide whether to keep this campaign up. Interest in it has dropped and I'm kind of embarrassed to keep sharing it. I'm still far short of where I need to be-- obviously-- but maybe the well is dry.

All the regular supporters have already given so much, but it's not reaching anyone else who has any interest in helping. I don't want the regulars to keep feeling pressured to give again and again. Which I feel happens whenever I share this.

What do you think? Is it shameful to keep asking at this point? Should I keep it going just to give people the opportunity and see what happens? Or should I go ahead and take it down?

I went for a follow-up today...
May 5, 2023
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I'm much more upset over my follow-up appointment with the urologist than I should be. I had hoped I would be released from his care. I wasn't.

He wants to see me again in 3 months because he's concerned about future complications that might arise due to the damage the catheterization did. Damage we knew would happen.

He really wants me to see a specialist in one of the major metro areas, but as long as I have this medical debt I'm not going to consider it unless it becomes an emergency. Plus, I'm just now feeling healed and not looking to mess things up again.

If you can, and if you want to, please donate and share this fundraiser. 

Thank you so much!

(The past several shares I've done haven't gotten any attention, so interest may be fading.)

Amount owed, update... $6,500
April 28, 2023
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Just to let you know where I stand, I got a bill from the hospital today and the total I owe is currently just a few dollars shy of $6,500.Yikes.It could be a lot worse, and I don't know whether that was the only hospital bill I'll get. They said I can request an itemized bill, which I plan to do, but even that won't really tell me much.Maybe that $6,500 is all I'll need to raise. If so, I'll revise my campaign if I start getting close. We'll see.Thank you all SO MUCH for your help. Donate if you can and if you want to, and share this with others if you don't mind. Thank you, again!

Update #2: Surgery + 9 days
April 13, 2023
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I'm a bit over a week past the surgery. I made it and I'm healing. I've been home a week as of this afternoon. Still have some issues from the catheterization, and still on a soft diet, but getting better.At the moment I haven't yet started getting the medical bills that are inevitable. I know I need at least $2,800 to pay back just what I've shelled out so far. So, if I could raise that amount soon it would be great. I can deal with the rest when it starts coming.If you know of anyone who might like to help, please share my campaign with them. If you can help, and want to, please consider it.I really appreciate the help! Thank you!

The countdown begins
March 21, 2023
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First, I want to thank everyone who has helped so far.

One week from today I have to start paying for things related to this surgery. Particularly the "facility fees", which I have no idea what they will be until I get there for my preregistration next Tuesday.

Two weeks from today is the surgery, and I have to pay the surgeon over $1400 before then.

So, if you could help-- by donating or by sharing this-- I would appreciate it so much!

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