On Monday, when I found out that Blue Cross Blue Shield wasn’t going to help me or any other chemotherapy patient to preserve fertility, I was pretty upset. Enough so, that I contacted my local news media outlets for help.
Joe Shortsleeve, of WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston, read my story and called to hear me out. After agreeing to send a news crew for a televised interview at Dana-Farber tomorrow, Joe placed a call into Blue Cross Blue Shield to get an official comment.
The response was “Tell us who the patient is, and if we cover his expenses, ask him if he will drop the story”.
My response (in the 2nd call with Joe) “You can tell them who I am, but I’d rather run the story- this effects every chemo patient, and I’ve already accepted that I have to pay for my sperm banking”.
On that note, it is time for bed- I need to wake up at 4 AM tomorrow for my first chemo treatment.