Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Be My Support, Be My Strength, Be My Bra

I surfed over to Down and Out Chic to read Christina's latest, and found this post. She decided to cut-and-paste a letter from another blog, Absolutely Not Martha. Though it has come through a rather circuitous route to get here, it is so important that I am reposting it here, and I'm asking my readers to click the link below and sign the petition. After worrying over my mother's biopsies over the years and finding my own lump not long ago, breast cancer is a cause that is very dear to me. Please read the letter, from a surgeon, and click through to the petition. It really only takes a few seconds; you won't get spammed, and you just might make a difference.

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.


Absolutely Not Martha said...

thank you.

down and out chic said...

thanks for sharing this and a bit of your own story.