Elsa Blouin – True stories about the high cost of cancer

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June 1, 2012 (1 min 03 s)

"Your world stops turning, but the bills keep piling up."

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(1 min 03 s)

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[Situation: Elsa Blouin, caregiver and wife of a cancer survivor, talks about the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis.]

When we got the diagnosis, the world seemed to grind to a halt.

We went into survival mode and focused everything we had on making sure my partner could recover.

And on top of it all are your bills. Your world stops turning but the bills keep piling up: mortgage payments, electricity bills, taxes and everything else. It seemed like it would never end. It's going to be different for everyone, but that's life. We had to dip into our savings, but we obviously hadn’t planned on using them because we were sick. We had other plans.

[Image: Photo of Mélanie Samson, cancer patient support coordinator]

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