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My sister died yesterday. We need healthcare for all.

I have previously posted about my older sister's battle with colon cancer, and the fact that she couldn't get the real treatment she needed because of money.

She was 72 and had Medicare coverage, but for whatever reason (financial, most likely), she did not have a supplemental policy for her 20% copay. The 20% of the prescribed chemo treatment was going to run over $25,000 per month and my family could not afford that. I don't think there are many families who could. She had income just over (seriously like less than $100) that disqualified her for Medicaid.

She lived in a rural area in South Texas with limited medical care availability. Very Trump supportive area. There were issues related to her residency because that limited her access to teaching hospitals in other counties, etc. She was just a statistic to all of the bureaucrats that we spoke with. Just another faceless, dying American.

We were able to scrape together the funds necessary to get her on a less-than desirable, but at least something, oral chemo regiment. That gave her about five months.

She died in the richest country in the world because she couldn't get the right medical care. That makes me furious, and it makes me want to puke my guts out. How can anyone say they are prolife and see something like this happening without compassion and desire for change? Republicans are unfeeling.

We need universal healthcare. No one else should have to die because they are poor and/or limited by county residency. We are the UNITED States of America and we need healthcare available for all regardless of where they live.

As for me, I'll thank you in advance for just allowing me the opportunity to seethe about this publicly. I loved my sister very much and I'll miss her. But I would be lying if I said I wasn't relieved that her suffering is over. I'll be okay after some time has passed.

Please fight for healthcare for all so that no other family has to go through this. Please never give up. It's the right thing to do. I'll be there with you. And please keep recruiting Democratic voters because the world lost a good Democrat yesterday.

Peace.

Do you know what Hillary's nomination means to me, a woman in her late fifties?

There are tears in my eyes as I type this, and no doubt, there will be more tears.

The tears are a combination of things. Joy, happiness, disbelieve, reckoning, disappointment, acceptance, thankfulness, pride.

I grew up ahead of my time. I grew up in a household where women were treated equally. Grew up with a father who insisted that I could do anything that I wanted and nothing was off limits because I "was a girl". I was lucky.

I had many friends growing up who were not as lucky. They grew up in households where certain behaviors were expected, and certain were forbidden because of their gender. They grew up with limits and at some point in their lives, those limits were accepted by them and they quit trying to push the limits any further. I saw friends wilt as they aged, unable or unwilling to push the status quo.

Do you KNOW how exciting last night was for me? Do you KNOW how liberating last night was for me? Do you KNOW how long I have waited? Do you KNOW how much I have believed in this, and how much I believe in this woman? Do you KNOW how much I want this hope to spread to those friends who have long given up and wilted? I want them to be inspired. I want them to push the limits again. It's not too late.

But especially, for my younger friends - my daughter and her generation of friends many of which I love like my own, and their children. I want the freedom that last night represents for them. I want them to push the limits and I want them to never even have to think of gender issues. I want them to simply "do". Simply "go". Simply "be".

We have finally reached a milestone that many of us weren't sure we'd ever reach. I am humbled that the milestone has been reached, and that the ceiling has been shattered. Because as Hillary said - "When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit!"

Let's DO this in November, Democrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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