Humbled. Touched. In Awe of You.

Yesterday, in the early afternoon, I received a call informing me Anthem Blue Cross had reversed their decision to deny my benefits for a permanent neurostimulator.

Just like that, the surgery is now approved!

(It's currently scheduled for November 10th, but the date could be changed.)

I never thought I could be so happy about facing another surgery.

For those of you who don't know what happened yesterday – let me tell you.

First, I wrote this post sharing my story of being denied medical benefits by my insurance company, Anthem Blue Cross.

And then …

And then – you dear, sweet, amazing, Internet Friends astonished me with love and support.

I've never seen anything like it.


Several bloggers put my story on their blogs.  (I love each and every one of you!)

Powerful, wonderful, friends put my story on facebook and twitter.

My twitter friends?

Twitter went absolutely insane – in a good way.

So many people were telling my story, linking to my blog post, contacting important/influential people and/or media on my behalf.  Thousands upon thousands of people heard about my story on Twitter alone.

Some of you even offered to help pay for my surgery …

(I would never, ever, accept such an offer – but I was SO touched by the thought.)

By early afternoon yesterday, NBC, CBS, Clear Channel and just about every other media outlet you can imagine had stopped by to read my story.

Have I mentioned – I'm still amazed at what you accomplished?

I was then contacted by Anthem Blue Cross, and an hour or so later by their parent company, Wellpoint.

Just a short while later I got a call from my doctor's office saying, "It's the weirdest thing – Blue Cross just changed their mind and approved your surgery!"

They were baffled.

I wasn't.

I love you guys – I really do.

I wish I could hug each and every single one of you.

I wish I could email a thank you to each one of you, but there were literally hundreds (thousands!) of people involved in helping me.

I hope this will suffice …

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

© Twenty Four At Heart

40 Responses to “Humbled. Touched. In Awe of You.”

  1. Michelle

    Knowing that you will have your surgery as a result of all of us is thanks enough in my book. So glad, and that you are looking forward to it! Amazing.

  2. Stephen

    You are welcome, welcome, welcome! I do wish you could see the grin on my face though. 🙂

  3. karen

    This is so amazing… I have goosebumps! I missed the original post!.. SO glad you have been given approval, sheesh.

  4. Katelyn

    That is incredible. You are so amazing you deserve amazing things to happen to you. Good luck with the rest of your surgery, You are truly inspiring.

  5. mel

    so extremely excited for you! This is amazing and I am even more amazed by the powers of good being done on the internet. Truly inspiring.

  6. Kelly

    Amazing and you deserve every ounce of love!

  7. laura

    I am so so so glad so many people pulled through and you were able to accomplish what you needed to accomplish. I am so happy for you. Yay!!! I know (as I used to work for a healthy insurance broker and an insuranc company) just how hard it can be to have them reverse a decision just bc some CEO decides he doesn’t want the company to spend the money. Yay you and I pray that it helps a ton with your progress!!!

  8. Tami

    Best news I’ve heard in weeks! This made my day and restored my faith in PEOPLE!

  9. Sandi

    YAY for BLOGGING!! I read this news late last night on twitter and felt so much better about life! You, of all people, deserve this! I love you girlfriend! Now lets do lunch again.

  10. Kay

    Awesome for you! The power of the internet can do great things sometimes for great people.

  11. Deb

    That is awesome news!!!! God is good all the time! I wish you all the luck in the world with your surgery!! You have been in pain for entirely way too long!!!! All the best to you and your family!!!

  12. Linda Tustin

    I wish you could see the big smile on my face right now too. This news made my day. Good luck sweetie. You know we all love you.

  13. Karen in Texas

    I am so happy for you!

  14. Dora

    WONDERFUL! The power of the internet in incredible. I know this because the internet helped me become a mom. Really!
    Hope your surgery is a breeze!

  15. Fibrochondriac

    I’m really happy for you.
    Not that you would know, but I would really like to know why they wouldn’t cover the surgery in the first place and then changed the decision so very quickly.
    If this had happened to someone without all the Twitter friends you have…what would have happened? It makes me curious, but it really doesn’t matter as the outcome was positive.
    Again, I’m very happy for you and wish you a very successful surgery!

  16. DuchessOmnium

    I missed all the drama because I have not been on the internet much recently(too many home dramas), but I am so glad to have dropped in when the news looks like being as good as it can be. Congratulations on winning against the insurance giants and I do so hope that the 8th surgery will bring better things.

  17. Kimberly

    I am so thrilled for you…as are the rest of my FB friends that I shared your story with!

  18. stacy

    That is so great Suzanne! I am relieved and happy for you.

  19. missy

    .Just checked Facebook since I am out of town!!! Great news before bedtime.You and an army of internet friends accomplished quite a bit in less than a day. Congratulations Suzanne.

  20. Ginger

    I was out of town and away from the internet this week. But I’m so thrilled to hear this good news. You DO have some wonderful internet friends, and I am proud to claim that title, even though I did absolutely nothing to help!

  21. Marissa

    Some people just don’t understand the POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA!!! It truly has become a force to be reckoned with when used in the proper way.
    I will be sharing this with some friends, one of which who desperately needs help w/ her sick daughter.

  22. Alexis

    I’m a little late to the game here but love reading this update because I was getting very irritated. So far so good though, eh?! Very very good news!
    You remain – as always – on my prayer list woman!!
    Heal well and prepare yourself for “ding”….round eight! We’re in your corner!


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