This just in! Important News!
For everyone who has been following the ongoing trials with the Unger family and my Hepatitis C struggles, the big battle has been with my health insurance provider to pay the exorbitant fees for the medicine that I require. It was looking like I was going to have to come up with the money for the treatment (which I was recently informed that the actual cost would range from $90,000+ to $180,000+, depending on the length of treatment).
As I was trying to nap today, my phone was ringing off the hook. BUT, I got one call that made it all worthwhile. The drug company, Gilead Sciences, has intervened on my behalf (with their near limitless resources) and has come through for me. Great West Life has verbally agreed to cover the cost of my Sovaldi treatment!
The Lord has extended his mighty hand today and moved hearts and changed minds and done whatever it is he has done to make this happen, and the Lord gets all the glory!
This means that, once my bilirubin count levels out and my jaundice disappears, I will be likely monitored for a few weeks to make sure I’m stable and then I’ll go on Sovaldi. That likely means I’ll start sometime around August/September (realistically). We’re not out of the woods yet, as I’m still retaining water and going for diuretic administration at the hospital tomorrow (and likely regularly for months to come) and the Sovaldi still has to work. It’s not a guaranteed cure, but the success rates are high and very encouraging.
I’ll produce a new and updated prayer request list probably on the weekend, but for now, join with me in giving thanks to the Lord for his mighty works.
Truly he has done great things.
He has heard the cries of the many people who have joined with us and has come to my aid.
“for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?” – Daniel 4:34-35
To all who prayed for us, we wish we could tell you each how much you mean to us. We are so thankful for your faithfulness, and we hope this may encourage you all.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “Dancing in my heart” Unger
P.S. – With regards to our fundraising, while the ultimate goal was to possibly pay for my treatment if needed, the amount raised (about $10,000) will still be used towards various medical expenses that add up (for example: a trip to Vancouver General Hospital costs us around $75-$100, depending on how long we’re there – gas here is $5+/gallon, Vancouver is 50 miles away, and parking is $3/15 minutes thus a three hour appointment costs that much more, etc.) as well as covering extended medical benefits that were discontinued since I’m on Long-Term Disability. We are humbled and amazed at the generosity of the body of Christ. To all who gave to us in need, we wish we could tell you how thankful we are for you. Through your kindness, God provided for us exactly what He knew we needed.