E-patient Dave sends me this article about a kidney cancer patient who was going to lose his home because of mortgage problems. His story was told on one of the kidney patient web sites, and his electronic friends got involved. Result: Mortgage company backs off and works out a new payment plan.
In real time, here's how it felt, per the patient's note on the list-serv:
I am in disbelief. We were clearing the dishes and the phone rang. I thought it was our local news station calling for the scoop but it was our mortgage case manager Eric Whitelow. First thing he said was "Mr. Kontarinis, you sure have a lot of friends!" And we went on and restructured the mortgage!!!!!!!!! All it took was a 10 minute call and our house was saved.
I am speechless. Thank you so much. You are pitbulls and I am forever in debt for your time. Thank you!!!!!!!! My entire family owes you.
I am just stunned.
Says the patient to FoxNews: "I am mentally and physically exhausted after this fight, but I have an amazing newfound belief in humanity," he said. "One thing cancer has taught me is how good people can be — these were strangers. I believe in the power of people."