Martin Bosworth In Memoriam
Martin Bosworth has died. He was 35-years-old and had hypothyroidism, among other health issues. However, he died of a pulmonary embolism caused by deep vein thrombosis. “Both DVT and PE may be asymptomatic and difficult to detect.” (Cause of death found on his memoriam page.)
I met Martin via Mary Shomon. She had written about him, “Martin Bosworth: One Man’s Thyroid Journey“ regarding his post “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight” which inspired a Dear Thyroid letter, “Who is Thysponsible” written by Misti.
This was quintessential Martin, inspiring others.
Martin and I frequently spoke about his health and insurance issues, among other things. During each conversation, Martin’s scathing wit and sarcasm were ever present, replete with snappy wisecracks; clever, neurotic, funny, engaging and unabashed expressions of his feelings. Honestly, I wish I was as in touch with my emotions as he was. Often, I felt like the proverbial guy in the relationship (though I don’t buy into those gender assignments, I needed to make the point). On a serious note, I envied his ability to feel his way through his life versus sitting on the emotional sidelines of it.
With health issues plaguing him, he wanted to take an aggressive approach to healing, and did. Without health insurance, getting proper medical treatment was, as we all know, fucking impossible! Pre-existing conditions don’t make us prime candidates for private insurance. Having walked the mile, I’m keenly aware of this (as we all are). When diagnosed with GD, my insurance company dropped me within 24 hours. I’ve never been able to get private insurance since. In fact, the only way you can get insurance with a pre-existing condition (when deemed uninsurable) is if you work for a company, have a significant other, or buy into it via marriage, or procure it through other means that I can’t discuss because if I do, I risk losing my own shitsurance.
When last we spoke, Martin told me that he wasn’t afraid to die. I remember asking him why; being terrified of death it seemed apropos. Martin stated that he was proud of what he had accomplished and continued. Of course, I kept hocking and interrupting him to stop with the deathversation, assuring him that he wasn’t going anywhere, not with so much left to accomplish. You will get well. You will find your way, you will, Martin… I said. I believed with every ounce of my being that he would be fine…
If we are to learn anything from Martin’s passing, a gentle reminder that life is short, is a given. Of equal importance, fight to reform health care. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. When the system is failing you, when we rest on our laurels and don’t fight back for our basic human rights, than we’re failing ourselves.
In Memoriam articles, etc: Mary Shomon, Thyroid Patient Advocate/Award Winning Author:, A Tribute to Writer, Advocate and Thyroid Patient Martin Bosworth, The Seminal, Managing Editor, Consumer Affairs, NPI Advocate and Martin’s Memoriam Facebook page created by his friends and family.
Martin, you have been a dear friend and we will miss you terribly.