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Actually, federal employees who were hired before 1984 and stayed under the old Civil Service retire System (CSRS) and were not tricked into switching into the "new" Federal Employee retirement system (FERS)which is the only option now do get raises most every year. It is called a COLA or cost of living increase. all CSRS pensions wenr up 6% (yes six percent) on Jan 1, 2009. However the numbers vary each year and that was the highest in 20 yrs. Next year looks like only on epercent. It is why my dad always told me to get a job with the US "Uncle Sugar" Now feds are covered under Social security. Most CSRS pensioners never get any social security payments and the few who do are subject to an offset. Both paid Medicare taxes though and get that.


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Stage IV BOT T3N2M0 HPV 16+
2007:72GY IMRT(40) 8 ERBITUX No PEG
2008:CANCER BACK Salvage Surgery
25GY-CyberKnife(5) 3 Carboplatin
Apaghia /G button
2012: CANCER BACK -left tonsilar fossa
40GY-CyberKnife(5) 3 Carboplatin

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That's interesting. I thought COLA was only a rider on a life insurance policy...


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T1 SCC on right side of tongue
Age 31...27 when diagnosed
4 partial glossectomies
No chemo or radiation
Biopsy on 2/2/10-Clear
Surgery needed again...no later than April 2011
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Thank you Pete. I did get some discounts on the medical bills and then they rolled them all into one note that I pay monthly on at a very low interest rate.

If I had any idea at the time that it was cancer I certainly would have done more and sooner. From the look of it I thought that I had stabbed myself with a potato chip or something. When it did start to look like something I should be concerned about I had the biopsy in 2 two days. Another reason for all of us to be informing people about OC. Prevent the results of ignorance of the disease.

Patty


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SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
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Cola is a guarantee that you can keep your Ins for a certain period of time if you get laid off but you have to pay the premiums. Most people can't afford it anywat and forget it.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
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I hope that you had REAL Vermont Maple syrup with those pancakes and not that fake store bought stuff (lol) !! Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery!! Semper-Fi Bob


Bob age 57, non smoker,non drinker, ended treatment on 11 Nov 2007 and started back to work on 29 Nov 2007. Veterans Day 2012 the Battle was lowered, folded, Taps was played and the Flag buried as I am know a 5 year survivor. Semper-FI !!!
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EZ JIM
I think you mean COBRA for insurance COLA is Cost of Living Adjustment for some pensions including social security


65 yr Old Frack
Stage IV BOT T3N2M0 HPV 16+
2007:72GY IMRT(40) 8 ERBITUX No PEG
2008:CANCER BACK Salvage Surgery
25GY-CyberKnife(5) 3 Carboplatin
Apaghia /G button
2012: CANCER BACK -left tonsilar fossa
40GY-CyberKnife(5) 3 Carboplatin

Passed away 4-29-13
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Bob: Surely you mean real Canadian Maple Syrup???


Donna,63, SCC L Tongue T2N1MO Stg IV 4/04 w/partial gloss;32 radtx; T2N2M0 Stg IV.New primary R tongue-2nd partial gloss w/graft 10/07; 30 radtx/2 cispl 2/08. 11 yrs from 1st dx, 7 yrs since 2nd dx. Surviving isn't easy,but grateful for EVERY day.Proudly Canadian - YES, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IS WONDERFUL!
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COLA for life insurance is an offer to increase the amount of insurance without having to go through and medical....


Suzanne
***********
T1 SCC on right side of tongue
Age 31...27 when diagnosed
4 partial glossectomies
No chemo or radiation
Biopsy on 2/2/10-Clear
Surgery needed again...no later than April 2011
Loving life and just became a mother on 11/25/10
It's not what we CAN'T do..it's what we CAN do:)
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LOL Damn, I sure did mean COBRA,, sorry for the mistake. Pain erases memory at times LOL I stand corrected big time.


Since posting this. UPMC, Pittsburgh, Oct 2011 until Jan. I averaged about 2 to 3 surgeries a week there. w Can't have jaw made as bone is deteroriating steaily that is left in jaw. Mersa is to blame. Feeding tube . Had trach for 4mos. Got it out April.
--- Passed away 5/14/14, will be greatly missed by everyone here
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[quote=Bob Whyte]I hope that you had REAL Vermont Maple syrup with those pancakes and not that fake store bought stuff (lol) !! Semper-Fi Bob [/quote]

I doubt that it was the GOOD stuff - the hospital made them I was lucky that they were somewhat warm. smile Thanks Bob.

Patty


48
SCC Floor of Mouth 7/06
9/06 Surgery, bilateral neck dissection, 58 nodes clear PT2pN0pMx
35 rad 2006
Recurred 6/08, 1 Carboplatin, 1 Cisplatin
Surgery 9/08 - Total glossectomy, free flap from pectoral muscle, left mandible replaced using fibula
35 IMRT & Erbitux 11/08
4/15/09 recurrence
6/1/09 passed away, rest in peace
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