I don't like to use this blog as a soapbox and I don't want to push any sort of personal views on you all, but when I ran across this at Absolutely Not Martha a week or so ago, I just knew I had to pass it along. I'm going to basically copy and paste this letter and I hope you'll take the time to read it.
I'll never forget the look in my patients' eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I remember begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.
So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn't grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank you' they muttered.
A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.
This Mastectomy Bill is in Congress now. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it really quick! The Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill is important legislation for all women.
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating the 'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.
Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the website below. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.
My Lifetime's Breast Cancer Petition
Ok, so in case non of this makes sense to you, I want to share a little something with you. Years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a radical mastectomy. Many of you have loved someone with cancer, I'm sure all of you know someone with cancer so you know how scary this can be. I CANNOT IMAGINE what would have happened had the hospital FORCED my mother to leave after a day. She was so sick and my siblings and I were charged with caring for her and we would not have known what to do. It's appaling that people would actually consider this bill a good idea. The petition is legit so please take a minute and fill it out. I signed it last week and have not received any sort of junk mail.
No more soap boxes (for now). I promise:)