February 26th, 2020 CancerLINC NEWS
CancerLINC Provides Peace of Mind for Young Couple
“CancerLINC gave me incredible peace of mind and gave me the tools that I needed to navigate a challenging and painful situation,” said Tara Quinn.
Brion Maund, Tara's fiance, was diagnosed with a brain tumor soon after having a seizure on the field during soccer practice. At the time of his diagnosis, doctors gave Brion (then only 27) a five- to eight-year life expectancy.
“Getting a terminal diagnosis at such a young age is inconceivable,” shared Tara.
CancerLINC initially helped Tara and Brion through CancerLINC’s Life Planning Clinic many years later. There Brion obtained a will, advance medical directive, and power of attorney. These clinics allow cancer patients and their families to come in for the day and receive life planning documents free of charge. “Setting foot in the clinic with people in a similar situation was incredibly helpful”, said Tara.
Fast forward to 2012, Tara and Brion had been together for approximately 10 years. During that time, he had undergone brain surgeries, radiation, and years of chemotherapy. Following his third and final brain surgery in the fall of 2012, he suffered a debilitating brain hemorrhage. He then needed full-time care.
“I could have pulled my hair out from all the stress and not knowing where to turn,” Tara said. Several difficult decisions had to be made as quickly as possible. First, not being legally married left Tara with limited legal rights. Secondly, the young couple wanted to ensure Brion's son didn't end up in a difficult financial situation.
“CancerLINC’s guidance also helped spare his son from a lot of things,” Tara said. At the time, Brion's son had recently turned 21.
Given Brion’s declining condition, Tara also had questions about Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance. Brion’s brain hemorrhage had left him partially paralyzed and speech-impaired, and he was likely to need Medicaid and SSI disability coverage. CancerLINC connected Tara d with volunteer attorneys to answer all of her questions and helped provide peace of mind.
Brion had lived with his brain tumor for nearly 14 years. He ultimately passed away in 2013 at the age of 41.
Tara recently shared that during that time “CancerLINC provided an incredibly helpful service to us and helped to ease the fear and sense of aloneness we had faced during all the complications of this cruel illness.”