Tuesday, July 17, 2007

"Drive-through" Masectomies

We all have that one person in our address book who sends "the forwards". You know, those emails that fill up your inbox with pictures of cute puppies and inpirational messages as well as the impending doom that will come to you if you dont resend it to a million people in 10 seconds. Well, I let those messages keep coming because every once in a while I recieve a forward that I read and feel compelled to forward on to people I care about. And right now, I feel impelled to make a post out of it, because it has me outraged!

Yesterday I was alerted to the issue of "drive-through" Masectomies. I think just about eveyone knows someone who's life has been affected my breast cancer - so please read the text from that email.

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 l ot 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. It takes 5 seconds to do this and is very important...

If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. There is 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. You can sign the petition by clicking here. You need not give more than your name and zip code.

Really, it only takes a few seconds. Do it for your mother, your sister, your daughter, yourself!

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