What a time to find out you're not covered by HBF! And can I save my nipple?
I was diagnosed just over a week ago. Amid all the shock, at least in the back of my mind I thought, at least I'm covered with HBF. It was only when I was sitting in the office at the private hospital that the receptionist told me my HBF card wasn't working and I called them and they told me they cancelled my policy in May when a payment didn't go through. They said I could just back-pay the last few months and be reinstated but then they put me on hold for 25 minutes and when they came back on the line they said I had to sign up for a new policy and pre-existing conditions would not be covered! And this was the day after my diagnosis, so my brand new condition was now "pre existing"! I was devastated. I've been with them for nine years. Don't know whether to try to fight or not.
So now I'm not sure what my options are, the public hospital hasn't contacted me for my first appointment yet. In the mean time I've had my bone and CT scans done, I have a 5 cm tumour and at least two lymph nodes, so stage 2 bordering on stage 3 basically.
The private surgeon I saw said I need all the breast tissue and nipple removed but there is no cancer on the nipple or skin, so I wanted to ask if anyone else has had a similar experience and fought to save their skin and nipple? I asked for a reconstruction and he said if I want that they have to put an expander in and do a second surgery later. Has anyone managed to get it all done at once? Also my breasts are large (10G) so he said there are no implants as big as my breasts. I wouldn't mind going smaller on the other side too, is that an option? The surgeon made it sound like that's something I'll have to do on my own at a later date.
Thanks guys if anyone reads this, I'm in Perth so I don't know if that affects anything.
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