My name is Andrew Kent. I am 76 year old from Douglassville, PA. I have been married for 52 years, and we have three beautiful children and six wonderful grandchildren.
I was diagnosed with a rare form of multiple myeloma in 2013 and received a stem cell transplant the spring of that year. I was working as a land surveyor for several companies until my diagnosis and retirement.
We had to sell some of our real estate in order to afford Revlimid, which is the only thing that works for my form of cancer. As a result, we had to pay extra taxes and I lost the ability to get a grant in 2016.
If I did not have insurance, Revlimid would cost $14,605 a month and $175,260 a year. I got a four percent raise in my Social Security, but that doesn’t help as Revlimid has gone up almost 25 percent since January 2017.
My copays eat up much of my Social Security payment. I know what people mean when they say they must decide to either pay for the drugs or eat.
My struggle to afford Revlimid completely changed my life. For the past 54 years, our family and relatives have spent Thanksgiving together in Virginia. Any time spent getting together with my family is time well spent. If I can no longer afford my Revlimid, these wonderful traditions will sadly come to an end.
There’s a lot of uncertainty about the true intentions of Bob Hugin’s campaign for office.
He’s gouged patients in the past, and I don’t see what’s stopping him from doing it to NJ constituents if he’s elected to office.
For me, Bob Hugin created so much uncertainty about my ability to afford my medications. My grandchildren would miss me terribly if I died. Revlimid is keeping me alive and able to enjoy life.