Tuesday, September 23, 2014
As we all know, cancer is expensive. Even if you are able to stay in your job, which I was not lucky enough to do, or if you have great insurance, as I fortunately do, there are unexpected expenses that come along with having cancer. From prescriptions, to hospital parking, to creams for radiation burn; Biotene mouthwash, scarves, books - it goes on and on. Even with the best insurance, cancer is not without its costs.
Making a little money from home has served me well. I've done some writing, I have sold some jewelry and I've taken surveys. It is important to me to have a little of my own money coming in. Being a world famous blogger, companies find me and ask me to participate so it’s easy for me. Now, I found one that I can share with you.
A company called YourCareMoments will pay you to share your cancer experiences. They want to hear your story, from going to the doctor’s office, to taking meds, to picking drugs up at the pharmacy. Basically, they want to understand your healthcare story to better understand how the companies they work with can help you.
Your information is kept private. It is aggregated so that it can be used to tell pharmaceutical companies how we cancer patients manage and what we need. Your name and your disease will never be tied together or used negatively. Can you be certain? Well, I believe it. I've researched it. I sent many notes to the company representative, and we had a long email conversation about it before I decided to mention it. Like a doctor, the rule of this blog for cancer patients is First, Do No Harm. I won’t recommend anything I’m not satisfied is true.
Hey, I know not everybody wants every detail of their disease out there! (Like me....)
Most of us can use a few extra dollars. Okay, maybe not Angeline Jolie or Amy Robach….but the rest of us wouldn't see $5.00 lying on the floor and ignore it.
Not only can you help companies understand the needs of a cancer patient, which can improve services in the future – you can get paid. It’s not a lot, but considering the average survey takes 1 to 3 minutes, it is practically commitment-free. The payment is between $3 to $15 per survey. It adds up, and they say the average person makes about $30 a month. Certainly, you won’t be buying diamonds but you can pick up a medication, buy a scarf or a new lipstick to brighten your day. But in my mind, the most important thing you will be doing is telling your story so that pharmaceutical companies can act in our best interests.
The only hitch is you need a Paypal account. But Paypal is easy to sign up for. I've had one for many years and have never had a problem with it – my credit cards have been breached but my Paypal never has. (knock wood).
You can register at Register at YourCareMoments. (They have my name attached to the link for tracking purposes, I will not receive anything if you sign up.)
Registration takes less than five minutes but please note that you have to have a valid email address. You will be sent a verification link to be certain you are a person.
Hey, you don’t have to trust me. Here are all kinds of links that will help you check it out for yourself.
My feeling about these things is that pharmaceutical companies and other people who provide product and services to cancer patients really need to understand what we go through so I usually participate. I do think that this will help us all.
Posted by Ann aka ButDoctorIHatePink at 12:36 PM