I have always liked numbers. There is just something about them that connects the dots in my head when I am trying to make sense of the world.
After receiving my final health statement from my insurer I thought it would be interesting to analyze how much cancer costs to treat from diagnosis to my final set of scans that indicated I was in remission. And give some other fun facts about my cancer journey along the way...
Numbers without witty comment are pretty boring, so I took the liberty to expand on my year-in-numbers for 2010 to give you some context:
- $263,074.42 – gross billing for doctor visits, x-rays, scans, surgeries, chemo treatments, drugs, etc. to my insurance company
- $102,759.02 – actual cash paid to doctors, hospitals, drug companies by me (via co-pays and deductible) and my insurance. A 60.9% discount!
- ~1,000 – number of extra strength Tylenol taken to ease the achiness and headaches during recovery periods
- $342 – amount of subsidized parking paid to the ALWAYS FULL Standard Parking garage at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. Note to self: open parking garage next to hospital...
- 30 pounds – amount of weight gained from May to December 2010, which is a little less than my 2 year old weighs
- 25.5 liters – approximate amount of ABVD chemo pumped into my veins over 8 months. This is equivalent to replacing all of the blood in my body more than 3 times over!
- 6 – BBQ dinners in May/June with my parents, wife, and son to watch the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup! A source of much needed distraction and subsequent happiness. Go Hawks!
- 3 hours – amount of time I have to lay strapped in for my MRI scans. Three times to date with many more on the horizon over the next 5 years...
- 2 – haircuts, one of which was self inflicted:
- 1 – incredible wife whose strength, grace, and positive attitude pulled me through the toughest times
- 0% – chance WE SHOULD EVER take anything in life for granted.