LITTLE ROCK, Ark.
— Dezi Williams had a hard time getting over her son’s diagnosis.
The 23-year-old had been told her son was on the mend and would be home within a month, but she said the diagnosis was so vague she couldn’t tell him what the hell he was getting himself into.
She said she has to be careful about where she puts her trust and when she does so, it can backfire.
“If I put my trust in someone, if they’re like, ‘I love you, I’m not going to hurt you’ and I trust them, I could really fall apart,” she said.
Dezi Williams said she and her husband, Brian, are “living the dream” with their three children.
Their son, Dezi, is a Navy SEAL and he’s a Navy veteran.
(Courtesy Dezi and Brian Williams)”If we do anything wrong, we’re going to have to make sure we’re very, very careful, because that’s what this is.
I think we’re living the dream.”
Dezi has spent the past six months trying to make sense of what’s happened and where she is in her recovery.
Her family and doctors told her that her son is fighting leukemia.
She was told the cancer is “probably terminal.”
But doctors said the prognosis was not great, and her son has not returned to school.
She also said she can’t take care of her kids because she can no longer pay for them, and she has no money to pay for medication.
“I’ve been trying to figure out what’s wrong with me,” Dezi said.
“I’m just trying to find out what the truth is.”
Dezu Williams, left, and Brian, right, were at the Little Rock Regional Medical Center Wednesday, where they are fighting for their son’s right to a full recovery.
(John Bazemore/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)Dezi’s story is one that is not uncommon in Arkansas, where people who come to the hospital for medical care often find themselves battling medical debt that can push them to take out more debt and put themselves in danger.
“People can’t get by on their own.
They have to take on a lot of debt, and then they can be very vulnerable to it,” said Elizabeth Soto, the CEO of the Arkansas Alliance for Hospice and Palliative Care.
Soto said patients and caregivers often end up in financial trouble and need help to pay medical bills.
They also can face harassment or violence in the process of seeking care.
“We’ve got a lot more people in debt right now than we have in the past because we don’t have the same amount of resources to help people,” she told The Associated Press.
“If we can’t help people, how can we help them?”
And so it is a situation that is really challenging for a lot, if not most, people,” Soto said.
Sodium and insulin are also expensive.
Many of the people who need those drugs have to pay more for them than the average family in Arkansas.
The price tag for Dezi is around $200 a month.
Deza’s mother, Rachel Williams, said she’s been dealing with the issue of medical debt for a long time.
She’s been working on it with her son, who has diabetes, and now she is starting a fundraising campaign for Dezis medical bills and hopes to raise enough money to cover his treatment.
Rachel Williams said her son needs to be on insulin and not rely on other medications for his diabetes.
She also needs to keep her medications under her bed.
She says Dezi had to spend a lot on insulin when he was in high school and she didn’t want to leave him to pay the bills.”
The first thing he asked me was, ‘How much do you think I’m gonna have to spend?’
I said, ‘No, I’ll give you five bucks and give you the whole bottle,'” she said in an interview with the AP.
She and her family are now struggling to pay off that debt and get Dezi back on the road.
She said she thinks the family will have to move to Texas to get the money they need.
Dezis story is just one of many that many Arkansas families have experienced in the wake of the state’s devastating flooding.
The state was forced to evacuate nearly 1.6 million people after severe weather swept through the state and flooded many homes.
Some homes were still standing as of Wednesday, but it was hard to find homes to put them up in.
Dezeis family said they were in shock as the floodwaters swamped their homes.
They said they don’t want their children to go to college or get married.”
For us, it’s hard to keep living in a house that is flooded,” Dezisi said.
Brian Williams said