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 patients, 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 i n the hospital for
2 days after surgery.
It takes 2 seconds to
do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it!
Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there
was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard,
this is one of those times.
If you're receiving
this, it's because I think you will take the 30 seconds to
vote on this issue and send it on to others you know who will
do the same. There's a bill ca lled the Breast Cancer Patient
Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover
a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for pa t ients 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
Lifetime Television has put this
bill on their Web page with a petition drive to show support.
La st year over half the House signed on. PLEASE!! Sign the
petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give
more than your name, e-mail,state, and zip
This takes about 2
seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends
family, and on behalf of all women,