by Angela Keen
WAIALUA, Oahu (KHNL) - Our first talk story comes from an email we received from a 43 year old North Shore woman who is battling cancer. However, her biggest battle right now is getting the medication she says she needs to survive.
Fausta Manners is passionate and tenacious about sharing her story. She reads her bible over and over, gaining strength from her favorite verses.
She's spent the past 3 years battling cancer that has spread from her thymus gland in her chest to her lungs. Then, tumors showed up in her brain.
Manners explained, "On New Years Eve I went through surgery."
With such a rare and aggressive cancer just one treatment seems to be working, it's a pill called Xeloda.
Manners added, "That only actually treats the lung cancer but after a year of being on it, it took away half of my cancer and so that is the only medication my body has been responding to".
But suddenly medicaid turned down coverage for this medication. she says she was told that her husband who makes $8.50 an hour, makes a few dollars over the amount medicaid allows.
Manners says paying $550 dollars for a 28 day supply of Xeloda is impossible.
She explained, "If we were to buy my medication we would have 58 dollars a month left and that is without buying groceries. You know, that is paying our bills and our medication. For or 58 dollars a month, what can you eat?"
She has searched her soul, her community, even state and federal lawmakers for answers. Then she contacted KHNL News 8.
"So, when I got your email I was like wow! I was so amazed, because I was just running out of places to go and I was just getting frustrated with it."
She's hoping that by sharing her story, someone will reach out and help her get the cancer medication she needs. But she's also hoping she can help other people who fall through the medicaid cracks.
"There are those who fall into the same category as I am you know and I know for a fact they are not taking treatments because they can't afford to", Manners said.
Until she get's what she considers a life saving pill, she says she'll get her strength from a higher power.
Manners said, "I've just been keeping the faith because God is in control. and I know he will take care of everyone who needs help and he knows all of our needs".
Faith is something that doesn't cost a thing.