You did what everyone said you should do. You graduated from high school, went off to college and got your degree. Maybe you took a course of study that advisors said would be lucrative, or perhaps you followed your heart and graduated with a degree in a major you loved. Even if you were lucky enough to find work in your field, chances are the weight of your educational loans has never given you the chance to enjoy the fruits of your labors.
A cancer diagnosis can have you worrying about more than getting well. Recent studies by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research show that one third of all cancer patients who are below retirement age incur debt because of their treatments. You may be among the more that 50 percent of those people facing medical debt of $10,000 or more.