Well-known blogger, security analyst, and my young freedomista friend and co-author Kit Perez had surgery for melanoma last week.
Melanoma is scary in the best of circumstances, and Kit’s circumstances were not the best.
Her surgery was no doctor’s office snip, but a major work leaving a long scar down her back and leaving Kit (temporarily, we hope) pretty seriously impaired.
Worse, when the diagnosis and rush to surgery hit, she and her husband were, unfortunately, caught without insurance. The rules of the Unaffordable Care Act say no insurer can refuse coverage due to an existing condition. But the rules are also so arcane, so twisted, and so effed up (“We’re from the government and we’re here to HELP you!”) that Kit cannot sign up for coverage, even with a private company, until November (effective January 1, 2020).
Major mess. The pathology and prognosis are unknown at this point, but it’s frighteningly likely Kit’s going to need long-term medical follow-up. Friends of Kit’s have set up a fundraiser to cover the surgery and hopefully give Kit and her dear husband a boost toward paying insurance premiums this fall. I hope all who can will donate. But even if you can’t, please do what you can to spread the word:
The fundraiser is based over at F*c*b**k:
You can avoid FB and go directly to PayPal by sending money to Kit’s account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Venmo: @audax0
If you say a pox on all online fundraising, the snailing address for contributions is:
612 N 1st St 2-209
Hamilton MT 59840
I’m not doing any fundraising for the blog this year, and my plan is not to do so ever again barring some emergency. I’ve received wonderful contributions from die-hard friends-o-blog, regardless. But if you’ve got money to send this summer … please think of Kit and send help her way.