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unapatriciated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-04-09 09:30 AM
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86. two events...
Edited on Thu Jun-04-09 09:37 AM by unapatriciated
I was eight when my best friend my older sister died of Leukemia on Christmas Eve 1960. At the age of eight I learned not to take life and loved ones for granted, it also taught me compassion at a very early age.
The second was when my youngest was diagnosed with dermatomyositis in 1991. He fought active disease for over 10 years, has been in a controlled remission for little over 5 years.
I saw first hand the devastation many families went through due to lack of health care. Some with great (like myself) insurance coverage and others with no insurance.
It saddened then enraged me what many families had to endure at the hands of their Insurance companies, while they were struggling with the heartbreak of a seriously ill loved one.
That is when i first became involved advocating single payor health care.

edited to add:
the births of my children gave me great joy, but I remember the above two events in detail down to the minute, the first event defined how I would view my loved ones and fellow man for the rest of my life.

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