Hauli Gray

By proton-admin | May 11, 2018

“I am fighting for my life and can’t believe BCBS is fighting against me! I am not backing down, which is why I have taken my story to the local media. But no patient should have to fight for their care and endure this level of stress in addition to their cancer.”


After finding a lump in my breast, my worst fear was a cancer diagnosis. When my fears were confirmed, I was stressed and afraid. But my family and I were committed to beating my cancer- and we expected support from my insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

Instead of support, however, BCBSOK refused to pay for my proton therapy treatment.

During treatment, my radiation oncologist, recommended proton therapy to precisely target my tumors. Proton therapy allows patients, like me, to receive higher, more effective doses of radiation without damaging surrounding healthy tissue and organs. With cancer in my left breast, my physician and I want to do everything we can to protect my heart and lung. As a young mother of two, I don’t just want to beat this cancer- I want to live a long healthy life after!

I couldn’t believe it when the first denial letter came in from BCBS and still can’t understand how two more denials have been issued, claiming proton therapy isn’t medically necessary. Instead, my insurer suggested 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy, something MY OWN DOCTOR refuses to do given that this treatment option would deliver almost ten times as much radiation to my heart as proton therapy would.

I am fighting for my life and can’t believe BCBS is fighting against me! I am not backing down, which is why I have taken my story to the local media. But no patient should have to fight for their care and endure this level of stress in addition to their cancer.