Metastatic Mess: Self employed, no super, life or income protection, expired health insurance

Firstly, I hope everyone is feeling the best they can, and keeping positive... or doing whatever works for you if you're sick of people always saying "be positive"  :)

I feel really silly (and irresponsible) finding myself in this situation of being self-employed, with no super, life/income protection, and to top it off...expired health insurance.

My Diagnosis:
Age 40 - Breast cancer E+ Her 2-, 3 small children, chemo, radiotherapy, mastectomy, reconstruction.
Age 51 - Metastatic breast cancer (bones), radiotherapy, letrozole (estrogen blocker), kisqali (tablets that target cancer cells), Xgeva injection every 4 weeks, slow release pain killers.

We live on the Central Queensland coast and operate a small tourism business.  We moved here from Brisbane after my first diagnosis. I have spoken with our Bank and they will only delay mortgage payments for a few months which is of little help. The cost of treatments, medications loans and general "living" is unmanageable and I'm now maxing out credit cards. We don't eat out, travel, buy new things etc. There is no breast care nurse here. Does anyone have any advice regarding: claiming centrelink disability as a self-employed person? claiming old super from when I was an employee? robbing banks? sorry... disregard that last comment.

Thanks in advance,
Silly Sausage.





Comments

  • DeebsDeebs Member Posts: 7
    Contact cancer council 131120 they provide legal and financial advice and may be able to connect you with a financial counsellor who can provide free, confidentiality advice...good luck 
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 3,790
    https://www.bcna.org.au/health-wellbeing/financial-and-practical-support/

    Lisa the link above maybe a starting point for you and also takes you into BCNA website where you can find services groups et cetera in your area

    There's also a group on here that is private that you may benefit from

    https://onlinenetwork.bcna.org.au/group/2-living-with-metastatic-breast-cancer

    Take care
  • Brenda5Brenda5 Burrum Heads, QldMember Posts: 2,332
    Your oncologist should be able to put you in touch with palliative care who should be able to help you greatly in getting a disability pension sorted.
  • youngdogmumyoungdogmum Gold Coast Member Posts: 207
    I'm pretty sure you will qualify for disability pension unless you have a lot of liquid assets, or partner is still earning a decent living from the business. An old super policy may have life insurance in it, you could start by looking on mygov on the ATO section "find my super". Perhaps if there's an account out there still with insurance you could see a solicitor about getting them to grant the insurance
  • traveltexttraveltext Member Posts: 189
    There’s two breast care nurses in Bundy:

    https://www.mcgrathfoundation.com.au/get-support/find-a-nurse/
  • Beryl C.Beryl C. Member Posts: 167
    Are you a public patient? This will save you thousands and BCNA has links to explain this.

  • Lisa...Lisa... Member Posts: 2
    Many thanks to everyone for their help - some good ideas to investigate here. The biggest hurdle is that I just seem to be hitting brick walls because we are self-employed.
  • Lisa1407Lisa1407 Elwood, VictoriaMember Posts: 79
    Hi Lisa
    Sorry to hear about your situation - it is hard enough when you have all of those safeguards in place!

    First, ok to be a public patient. I have health insurance but because the best place to be treated in Melbourne is a public hospital, I get all of my tests, treatments as a public patient. The cost of medications can still mount up, however I am about to apply for a healthcare card which I should be able to get as I have low income (and even though I am not eligible for any centre link payment). 

    Secondly, you should be able to access any super you contributed from previous jobs. So track it down and give the funds a call. They each have different rules, but there is a couple of ways to access the money.

    May not be the entire answer but hope this will help a bit and if you need help with your super let me know.

    Cheers
    Lisa
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