Comment Of The Day: March 24, 2010
What Awareness Means To Me, written by Heide, a chronic illness patient, shared what it means to be silent. Though challenging to advocate for herself, ultimately it’s rewarding and necessary. Honestly, soulfully and tragically, Heide revealed pieces of herself and expressions that so many of us feel, and relate to. The outpouring of support was as inspiring as Heide’s post. Thank you, everyone. Today’s comment of the day;
Lori says: March 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm
Heide, you brought tears to my eyes because I can relate to so much of what you said. I am so proud of you for speaking up and out. Without a doubt, your Mom is very proud of what you are doing for her and yourself.
You could have taken the words right out of my mouth, Heide…”(quote) “After each surgery or diagnosis, I would try to just fit in. Stress from silence made me withdraw from friends, then family…
My heart breaks knowing others have suffered this way but at the same time, it’s what inspires me to beat this and become well, because I know I have you and others who know what it’s like. I am proud to have you as one of my new friends.
Going For The Throat: Health Care Reform; A Patient-Centric, Non-Political Wish List written by Editor-In-Chief, Health Care, Dear Thyroid, Robyn Davis Hahn, wrote a remarkable and awesome post about what health care reform means for patients dealing with chronic conditions, among other things. If you haven’t read her post, we encourage you to do so. Everyone spoke up about how they feel this bill will affect their health. Concerns were raised, as well as proponents of the bill. Thank you for being such interesting and outspoken writers. Our comment of the day goes to our resident comic;
The things I like about the bill:
1. If finally does away (in 2014) with the preexisting condition nonsense.
2. It immediately lifts my life time $$$ cap
3. It does a way with rescission (meaning they cannot drop me because in 1961 I forgot to tell them that I had a cold). As I said before, if there is criminal intend to defraud, then rescission of course should remain an option.
4. It will (again in 2014) give me more choice on more plans. Hopefully one that is financially more affordable than the one I am on now.
Is the bill perfect? Of course not. Congress is like Microsoft, they always need several iterations until they can get it workable.
What remains on my wishlist:
1. As you said on yours, uncouple health insurance from your job. Take it with you when you change or end your job.
2. That healthcare indeed should become a “right”and not a privilege for those who can afford it.
HD in Oregon