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Topic: U.S. Health Coverage for Cancer Patients/Survivors in Jeopardy

Forum: Advocacy — Join here to discuss issues where we can have a voice!

Posted on: Oct 18, 2018 04:33PM

elise24601 wrote:

Just a reminder that 20 states are suing to get rid of protections for those of us with pre-existing conditions (this includes breast cancer):

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-clima...

https://twocents.lifehacker.com/you-could-be-denie...

Right now, lots of politicians up for election are claiming that we will be protected (meaning, able to qualify for an affordable insurance plan), but there is reason to be very skeptical of the ones whose actions don't match their promises (this includes Senators in Arizona and Florida - if you live in either state, double check if your Senators are on the lawsuit)

I urge all of my fellow sisters here to register to vote in the midterms on November 6th, for candidates with histories of supporting and defending protections for people with cancer. To wake up one day uninsurable, and have to pay for treatment out of pocket, would put so many of our lives on the line.

Anyone who wants help registering or understanding their district/state candidate's positions on health insurance is free to message me! (I am a journalist and grad student who researches these issues).

Dx 5/4/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 15/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 18, 2018 10:49PM - edited Oct 18, 2018 10:49PM by Falconer

bump.


Strong is the new strong. Dx at 45. Onco 16. Monthly Lupron shots Nov. 2016-December 2017 Dx 7/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 7/2016, DCIS, Left, 5cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/30/2017 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane), Femara (letrozole), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 18, 2018 11:21PM Icietla wrote:

>>[...] my fellow sisters here [...]<<

Please, let us not forget our similarly afflicted Brothers, besides all our fellow United States people who have and will have pre-existing conditions requiring continuing Medical Care.

My understanding is that those lying politicians are promising only availability of Health Care Insurance Plans, not even affordability. As we all know, affordability is a veeeery subjective term, anyway. Without coverage for pre-existing conditions, treatment for cancers and/or many other serious illnesses can potentially make for total financial wipeout for most any persons.

United States people, get The Facts. Vote as if your very life depends on your vote, because the benefits we have under the Affordable Care Act are at stake. The weekday evening programming on the MSNBC television channel is another excellent source for straightforward coverage of these issues. This is not political. This is about having (practical) access to Health Care. This is about Compassion. This is about Humanity. This is about Life and Death. This is about lying politicians trying to induce us to vote for having our and others' lives sold out for some lousy bucks.

elise24601, thank you very much for your posting on these issues so important to all of us.

My latest (Stage IV) diagnosis is almost certainly of another distant primary type. To the best of my information and belief, I am still apparently what we call NED as to breast cancer, doubtless thanks to Letrozole. Dx 2/12/2016, ILC, Right, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/19/2016 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 4/1/2016 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/25/2016 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 8/2018, Stage IV
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Oct 19, 2018 01:16PM elise24601 wrote:

Yes, great points about all of the other Americans who have preexisting health conditions and would die if excluded from an affordable insurance plan!

Your vote counts to save lives on Nov 6th!

Dx 5/4/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 15/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery Mastectomy; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 30, 2018 12:30PM - edited Oct 30, 2018 12:34PM by buttonsmachine

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Initial diagnosis at 32 years old. Chest wall resection 18 months later due to skin metastasis, probably from needle track seeding during initial biopsy. Skin graft from right thigh! Dx 8/2016, IDC, Right, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/30/2016 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 10/31/2016 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/31/2017 Whole-breast Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Dx 9/2017, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 2/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/31/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 12/26/2017 AC Dx 1/2018, IDC, Right, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/12/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 5/13/2018 Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2018 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 7/1/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Oct 30, 2018 02:32PM ruthbru wrote:

Vote as if your life depends on it.....because that very well might be the case........

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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