Michael Stewart endured three months of night sweats, vertigo and weight loss before he finally went to a free health clinic in San Francisco.
Blood and urine tests showed nothing, so the clinic staff sent him to San Francisco General Hospital. That's when the bills began accumulating - blood test, X-ray, endoscopy, two colonoscopies, two MRIs, two CAT scans and 10 days in intensive care. And the 48-year-old Stewart didn't have health insurance.
The full-time actor was thousands of dollars in debt before he even received his diagnosis: stage three colon cancer.