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Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Financial Drain of Cancer /Applying for Disability

Battling cancer can be a financial nightmare for many people.  Cancer treatments can often leave people too sick or exhausted to continue working.  Below is some helpful information if applying for disability is something you are considering.

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center ( is an informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants. The site’s author is a former disability examiner for the social security administration.

Here is a link to the site's home page:
This page has information about how severe your condition must be in order to qualify:

Don’t qualify or need additional assistance?  Check for resources within the county and state that you live in.  There are many regional organizations that provide financial assistance as well as home care and meals during treatment.  A few examples:

The following is also an excellent resource for locating financial assistance:

Additional resources for financial assistance:

Elyn Jacobs
Elyn Jacobs is a certified cancer coach, a breast cancer survivor and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation.  She empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs.  Elyn helps women to uncover the nutritional deficiencies and emotional stress patterns that may have contributed to their cancer and to support their body as it activates it own natural ability to fight the disease. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. To learn more about Elyn’s coaching services or to learn more about eating for life, please visit: For information regarding grants for women utilizing integrative therapies for cancer, please visit:


  1. Thanks for the great information. The financial impact of cancer can be devastating.

  2. Thank you for this great list of resources, Elyn. I'm a single mother and was diagnosed with breast cancer last month. I'm not sure that I can afford not to work. I'll definitely check out these links. Also, I've found some really great methods for dealing with my diagnosis at I'm mostly worried about my kids. More than me, really.


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