Envarsus, Everolimus, Prednisone, Atovaquone, Combivent Respimat, PROLIA, Valtrex, Clonazepam, Pantoprazole, Zyrtec, Pravastatin, and Zetia
Catherine was on Medicare and disability when her lungs began to fail. Within three months of going to the doctor with a cough that wouldn’t go away, she was told that she wouldn’t live to the end of the year without a lung transplant. Catherine was eventually diagnosed with idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, a condition that mimics lung rejection. Hospice was brought in and Catherine was preparing to die.
Luckily, she was able to receive a transplant in November 2014, a year after her cough began. Because lung transplants have a high risk of complications, she needs to be constantly monitored by doctors. She is struggling from the side effects of her medications and another undiagnosed condition which she says is like “trading one disease for another.”
Catherine takes 35 medications, and the costs are significant by the first quarter of every year.