Comment Of The Day: March 19, 2010
Today, we had two posts, a beautiful letter from ChariseB “Maybe We Can Still Be Friends, Friends With Health Benefits” and a health care post from Kairol Rosenthal “My Thyroid, My Congressman”.
Charise’s letter gave us an opportunity to look at how one patient deals with her thyroid disease using nutrition and supplements and how that’s helped her heal and find her way back to herself. Her letter was inspiring and we appreciate Charise’s willingness to share as much of herself with us as she did.
Kairol’s post was about health care reform. While her post stirred a lot of debate and controversy surrounding the current reform bill, we believe this is part of the spirit of Dear Thyroid. We are a community of beautifully outspoken women and men with strong opinions about our health. We do not see this as a political issue, we see it as a health care issue. If anyone was upset by it, our sincere apologies. I stand by the choice I made and I feel this was a discussion worth having.
Thank you to everyone for your wonderful comments and for sharing more of yourselves with us today.
Jennifer says: March 19, 2010 at 11:05 am
I love this statement “Thank you thyroid for making me take a long hard look at my life. And for encouraging me to learn more about you, how my physical body works, and how to keep my emotional state in balance…
Thank you for sharing Charise! I am in the beginning stages where I am just trying to learn about my body and how I can help myself because I refuse to be drugged up the rest of my life! I have all the symptoms as well but my blood work does not show underactive yet so it’s kind of a waiting game until I do hit hypo. I am doing just as you said finding out about my body, is there any supplements or foods you would recommend?
Jean says: March 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Whatever you call it, it is a very controversial and polarizing issue.
I know several people who had cancer, with no insurance, yet got full treatment, as many hospitals have programs to cover this, plus many foundations make donations to them. My one friend had invasive ovarian cancer, no insurance at all, and Northwestern U. in Chicago gave them the best of care.
There is no perfect system in ANY society, and the examples of other gov’t healthcare systems in other countries are replete with one example after another of patients being denied efficacious and timely treatment. We need to be careful we don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire. There is a reason that gov’t officials from other countries come here to get their care, and why doctors from other countries are leaving those countries with gov’t healthcare to practice here.
We need to find a way to keep the good parts of a system that has led the world in innovative treatments and diagnostics, rather than throw out the whole system for one that has has never achieved such levels of excellence and choice.