Benefit for teacher who lost insurance and is fighting breast cancer
Save Megann's Coconuts
MENOMONEE FALLS -- As a teacher with the non profit Children's Community Center in Menomonee Falls, the only insurance available to Megann Schnickle was through the university she's attending for her bachelor's degree.
The timing of the cancellation of her insurance coverage couldn't have been worse.
"We didn't get a great explanation for why they were canceling it, just that not enough students were using it," Schnickel tells CBS 58.
She does not have insurance through her employer or husband.
Her doctor pushed for a mammogram, then insisted on a biopsy.
Four days before her insurance was canceled, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I was in the process of looking for insurance but once you get that cancer diagnosis you can't get insurance."
She didn't know how she would pay for it, but Megann decided to have both breasts surgically removed. She felt is was her best chance at staying alive for her husband and two sons, considering her mother had breast cancer.
"I'm Very glad it's over and behind me. But I still need a second surgery for reconstruction."
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