National Credit Union Foundation's "Side Effects" series shows how cancer can not only crush a family emotionally, but financially, as well. It is a financial crises hiding in plain sight. This series looks at the financial side of this brutal disease and how costly treatment can sap a family's savings in an instant, making this time even more stressful than it already is.
In Act 3 of Side Effects, we get a glimpse into Elizabeth's life, as she tries to manage her diagnosis, treatment, finances, motherhood, and so much more during this incredibly traumatic and taxing time.
We watch Elizabeth make dozens of tedious and emotional phone calls to creditors and utilities to explain her situation. She managed to negotiate a truce with many of them. Unfortunately, her credit union was not one of them and they told her there was nothing they could do. She tells them how disappointed she is, hopes her feedback will be passed along to someone higher but doesn't expect to hear anything back. Eventually, she does.
The big question here is: Why isn't there some sort of financial assist program for people like Elizabeth? As if getting diagnosed, going through treatment, and praying for survival isn't enough.
An infinite amount for thanks goes out to the courageous people sharing their stories in this series, as well as photographer/producer/storyteller Andy Janning and NCUF Executive Director Gigi Hyland. Life changing work is being done here by these folks.
So watch and ask yourself what can we do better to help?
Mike Lawson, Host
Married to a beautiful and wonderful wife, raising 5 kiddos (including twins!), enjoy helping others tell their stories, and love surfing SoCal waves. Keep it simple.