I was diagnosed with RR MS when I was 19. Thanks to Tysabri I have been managing most of my symptoms well, with fewer relapses.
As a Psychiatric Nurse, I was advised that I would be ‘more than a hindrance than a help’.
However, with that being said, I am now graduating in Psychology with a 2:1 Honours and have been invited to complete a PhD in Education with Mary Washington University… In Virginia. With similar offers in California and Buffalo.
My Question is: a PhD is generally 3 years of work, as such I will need a total of 13 Infusions a year, costing $28,500 (shocking, isn’t it!). So in total, the cost for Tysabri infusions across the period of a PhD is $85,500 (just shy of £65,000) which I frankly, cannot afford. So the question, in short, is, how do health insurers cover these costs, and what can I do to afford this? As this is proving to be an immensely important opportunity.