I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and will be going on sick leave from work for a few months while I go through chemotherapy. I will be only receiving 55% of my regular earnings. I was wondering if it is ethical or OK to throw myself a fundraiser party to raise money for myself to help pay for my bills and maybe treat myself to a wig or two. What do you think?...
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I dont see why not! What is the difference if you do it or someone else does it! If you need help then you need help! As long as you use the money for bills or cancer related things! At least you are planning ahead! Good luck with everything and sorry to hear about your cancer!
I think having a fund raiser for yourself is a little selfish. Like throwing yourself a baby shower or bridal shower. Perhaps your friends can pitch in to help out. If not with bills, they may be able to cook, help clean, etc. My sisters had a tea party for me (with Rum) before I started treatment. Everyone brought a hat and we had a lot of good laughs (I have 6 sisters). I wish the best for you during your treatment and for a full speedy recovery.
The mental and physical stresses are hard enough going through cancer treatments and then you have the financial problems too. If you are lucky enough to have insurance than it will cover some of the costs but not all of them, there are still deductibles to pay and other costs like parking. If you do have insurance it may cover the entire costs of your wig (ours did). Usually if you are paid well you live your lifestyle will reflect your wages, so imagine now earning almost half of your income. It could be a disaster. Once a friend of ours was fighting breast cancer and a lot of her friends got together and helped her with money because she was unable to work. They raised thousands of dollars and it helped her get through some tough times. Several years go by and now my wife got breast cancer and the same thing happened for us. Cancer is tough and very expensive to fight, the support of family and friends is important in getting though it and that includes financial support too. Some friends will desert you now, and others will rally closer. I would let those that come to your aid know your circumstances. The help they give you now could comeback to them in the future. Nobody expects cancer, so help your friends emotionally and financially to get through the ordeal. After a year since her chemotherapy and radiation treatment my wife still has not been able to return to work, and financially it is very hard to deal with, but we do and part of it is because the generous support of family and friends. Good luck to you, Dave
ABSOLUTELY, If my niece could do it, so can you. My niece's situation was worse though, but the concept is the same. I wish I thought of it. If you need the help, have this party, and people know what it's for and still show up. what better support group could you have? There's no shame in admitting you need help. These days, everyone needs help because our own Gov won't do in cases like this. Our friends worked all their lives> Now the husband had a heart attack and 2 stints were put in the arteries. He lost his job. So now they have no money for anything. His wife is unable to work. I told them to sign up for everything. Problem is, it takes so long to get accepted. They just got a notice last week to appear in court for eviction. Yup, lets kick them while they're down. Don't you just love it. Go ahead, have that party. Heck I'll go.lol. Hope you get a lot of money. Good luck and you will do great
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