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The Face Of Cancer



Last week, I went to the downtown public library, and sat across this very distinguished and nice looking man who had a large bandage across his jaw. Being the curious woman that I am, I took a chance and told him I couldn’t help but wonder why he had such a large bandage, and wanted to know how he’d hurt himself. He told me he had the bandage on because he had cancer. We then started into the conversation I asked him what his name was, how old he was, and if he was married. He gave me his name, and said he was 55, and was married, and did not have children.

He shared with me so many things that not only shocked me, but also broke my heart, which I will share with you here. I asked him if he wouldn’t mind taking the bandage off so I could see the cancer and take a picture. He was so sweet that he said yes, and this is why you’re seeing a picture of what I saw; cancer eating away part of his jaw. I have cropped the picture so his face won’t show, as I will not share his name out of respect.

To make a long story short, this is more or less what he shared with me:

He has a college degree, and had a good paying job with insurance. Thanks to hard work all his life, he owned a big beautiful home, he and his wife each drove a nice expensive car, they had beautiful expensive furniture, vacationed to far off lands just about every year, and he had a very nice little nest egg for a rainy day. When he found that he had cancer, he had to constantly get the astronomically expensive treatments, but he thanked God he had insurance. He found he was losing his battle with cancer right away, and because of the treatments, he found he was missing days of work because he felt so ill. The cancer wasn't getting better, and realized he losing the battle fast, so fast that he started feeling very ill, which made it impossible to go to work on a daily basis. He lost his job, and insurance. He was told he could buy United Health Care insurance. Of course, that was impossible, because the monthly payments would be over $500.00 a MONTH, with a $500 deductible, and since the insurance would pay something like 80% of the bill, he would be responsible to pay out of pocket the rest.

I’ll fast forward with this long story. In the end, not only did he have to sell his beautiful home to pay for the medical bills, but also spend every penny he had saved all his life. He bought a tiny home for himself and his wife. Now at present time, he’s been told that he will have to sell his small home so he can continue getting medical attention to try and save his life.

As President Obama has said, he and all those in Congress, etc., will never have to worry about things like this, because they have EXCELLENT insurance which gives them the very BEST of care. So, why is it that the GOP and their insane followers are fighting health reform? Don’t they realize that the same situation that happened to this man could happen to them? It is so DAMN obvious that most of the anti-reform thugs seen on TV, are on MEDICARE, and haven’t a care in the world when they must get medical help from their doctor or a hospital. Can’t they see beyond their own nose, and see that millions of responsible families are now without insurance due to job losses, and that millions dying because they life or death medical needs, cant have it because they can't afford the outrageous monthly payments to insurance companies?

You and I could also fall victim to the horrors of cancer, or other possibly fatal illness, or a close to fatal accident. If the insurance companies, and all those involved in getting the $$$ win this battle which they are fighting against in the most ruthless, and repulsive manner, what the hell is going to happened to you, and your children, or me if without warning we encounter a catastrophe of the magnitude I’ve mentioned in this post? Most of you know that my Dad has prostrate cancer. He still has many more years to qualify for Medicare, so he lives in fear that the day will come when he won't be able to work, and the same thing that I just now shared about the very man who shared his story with me, doesn’t happen to him!

Let’s not forget for a moment, that health care reform was one of the MAIN reasons we voted for Obama!


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uglyface2
Aug. 20th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
There is nothing in the current legislation that would have changed any aspect of this man's story for the better.
playgirl
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
the same boat...
I realize that, because it's too late for this man for at least an effort to save his life, and all because he has been left without a penny to piss on.

I hate to imagine just how many American's, and especially little children, have found themselves in the same boat.

Hopefully change will happen, so stories like that man's, and millions of others will only someday be a shameful part of history of this country.
davev1968
Aug. 20th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
How will it be paid for? It will be $1 trillion more a year.

That is on top of the current deficit which already has the U.S. government owing over $11 trillion. For comparison, the projected 2009 revenue of the federal government is $4.6 trillion. The government owes more than twice it's income. Currently, the government is running an almost $1 trillion deficit.

So, the Obama healthcare plan will double the current budget deficit.

It will destroy America. The government will default on it's loans. There will be hyperinflation. We will end up like Zimbabwae, where even the poor are trillionaires because it takes a trillion Zimbabwae dollars to pay bus fare.

Imagine a day when one dares not keep money in a bank because inflation is so much higher than the interest that the principle and interest are effectively worthless in a month.

You are worried about a person here and a person there. I am worried about all 300+ million of us.

Oh, and you do know that universal healthcare is beyond the scope of the federal government's authority, right?
playgirl
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
How will it be paid?
How I wish it were only that man, and only another person there that I’d be worried about, but it isn’t only a couple, but millions who are in the same situation.

How will it be paid? I asked myself the same question when Bush and Cheney were spending money into a war as if there were no tomorrow; a war that shouldn’t have been in the first place. How much humane it would have been, had that money been spent on things that would have meant the world for so many American people, instead of all that money spent for the purpose of killing so many innocent people, including our soldiers. My mind can’t even begin to fathom how much so much money even looks like, but only as many colossal mountains that have gone up in smoke.

This terrible problem with health insurance has been going on for some time now, where the premiums continue to sky rocket as the days go by. The American working middle class people aren’t asking for freebies; only affordable health care.

When I had my little operation last year, I noticed something I didn’t like, and that was that I had to go to so many different doctors who specialized in only one thing, and then to a couple of different labs. Why, I asked my self, so many different doctors, and labs, when it was known from the very beginning that I had a little tumor? Can you imagine the astronomical amount of money that would have been saved, had my own doctor just taken my temperature, checked my blood pressure, taken some blood, and then sent me to the hospital so the surgeon could operate?

All I know is that everyone in the medical industry has somehow found a way of getting in line to get his share of lots, and lots of money. They all make oodles of money, and the insurance companies make oodles of money, so is it any wonder that we come out being the that are always screwed?
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astrixas
Aug. 20th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Not me, I didn't vote for him :)

The big question is what will the quality of health care be with the new plan? I mean if you walk into a "free clinic" in the ghettos, the medical care is vastly different than a large state of the art hospital. If they pull off health care without taxation, I can guarantee you the quality of care will be sub par due to lack of financing.
playgirl
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
why would it be impossible ...
I don't believe it has anything to do with the quality of health care anymore, but rather will we be able to get any health care when needed. President Obama isn't striving for freebies, only affordable health care.

I feel that there’s nothing that’s impossible for America; if man has walked the moon, why would it be impossible to find a solution where the working class could get health care when needed.
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thisismo
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Read the bill, I have about 250 pages of the 1000 and explain to me how it changes this man's situation. For one trillion dollars (which we don't have and must borrow from the Chinese) you could build 1000 10 million $ clinics, and spend 500 billion educating new doctors to staff those clinics. Tell me the exact page where treating people with cancer is in this bill. I will happily read it.

Drop the rhetoric propagated by Obama and the media and tell me how it will solve this man's problem or the general health care system in general. Start naming one government program that works effectively. Medicare? Medicaid? which is government insurance. Is Social Security solvent. Name a social health system that works around the world.

Let's talk about real solutions to the problem and don't jump on change just for the sake of change. I guess this man wouldn't have a cancer problem if we just killed him. Nto to be crude, just pointing out that we could eliminate the problems by eliminating the prople. My mom has Alzehimers. Should we eliminate Alz. by killing all the people that have it. And I'm not making these arguments suggesting that that's what the gvmnt wants to do, I'm just saying that change is not always good.

It isn't just the GOP (that you've deamonized) who are against this. I am NOT a member of the GOP. I am an employer who provides good insurance to his employees at great cost to myself.

nawlins_penguin
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Killed them? Where do you get that from? What page does it read they'll kill off the seriously ill. Please. I haven't found that section yet.
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uglyface2
Aug. 21st, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
I don't believe it for a moment. If I want to know the facts about things, I listen to what the President of the U.S. has to say, and that man is Obama.
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poetpaladin
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
And to think I was thinking this was some kind of odd angle shot of a nether region piercing... before I read your post!


Alas, I feel so sorry for this man. He played by the book and tried to do his best. He may have even been a Republican against universal health care in the past who has now realized the truth!

There is so much wrong with our country. If only we government-subsidized vegetables instead of corn and grains, subsidized pedestrian and bicycle traffic instead of lots of automobiles, if only we covered national health care ages ago like Taiwan and Norway and France did and we could be reaping the the same benefits their people enjoy.


Edited at 2009-08-21 04:06 am (UTC)
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
WHO
Yes he did play by the book, as all those who now find themselves at the mercy of WHO??!!

The look on that gentle face was that of defeat. How dare those who are so vehmently against President Obama's health reform say they are perfectly content with our present day health care system.

I have a new LJ friend by the name of mirmusing, who was so kind to share how the health care system works in that country. If you have a chance, come back and read it.
tigron_x
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Trying to guilt trip people into Obama's health care reform?

playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
sad...
Yes, by showing how one man out of millions has no hope of surviving cancer in the good old U.S. of A., because of our present day healthcare system where money has taken the place of good will towards men.
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ayoub
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
*hugs and love*

I hope you stay healthy...
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Thank you love. I'm as healthy as a donkey! :o)
drake57
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
All the comments seem to forget that poor human dying of cancer and his family and want to beat you up for your opinions,beliefs and politics.
There are some damn shallow and heartless people on your F-list sweetie.
I'm thinking of that man and his family and send him good vibes and hope and to you too.
You care, that makes you a better person than most. :)
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
How desensitized to others pain and suffering we American’s have become. Pooh, I am so sad.
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nawlins_penguin
Aug. 21st, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
So here's my thing. All this bickering over the cost of healthcare? All these patent lies about what the healthcare bill really says? It's ignorance on the detractors side and I can say why: the cost of the healthcare bill is irrelevant. I pay over $1200 a month for health insurance for my family. If I lost my job, as millions have, I've got nothing for a family of five. All these folks out of work? No insurance. Period. If we want the American populace to be a strong working force then that working force must have healthcare. Period. No argument can disprove that.

Now. Why is $1 trillion irrelevant? Because once the baby boomers finish signing up for social security our country will have a $15 trillion hole. I don't see any of the pundits bitching about that costing our future generations. I don't hear Rush, Hannity, O'Reilly complaining about that cost, a future tense for 65 million Americans. And that's not limited to them. There is no one talking about it. It's the 500 pound gorilla in the corner that will annihilate our national debt. Not this proposed healthcare. If the government dropped that $15 trillion in the social security fund today we MIGHT have enough to get through the boomers but only barely through my generation.

In fact, if the country DID have nationalized healthcare, the impact of millions of baby boomers needing insurance would be buffeted. We'd already have a mass plan to respond.

This has become this giant partisan fight, including many posters on your LJ. It's all bullshit subterfuge or it's all bullshit stupidity. Take your choice.

Meanwhile tens of millions of uninsured, unemployed citizens of the United States of American are ill and/or dying. How can anyone argue over helping out their fellow man?
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
All this is so way over my head, but not my heart. I can't understand how so many people have become so cold when it comes to helping their fellow man, and they have the audacity to call themselves Christians.

I feel the way our present day health care system has been for the longest time, is the TRUE form of the death panel that those like that dispicable Alaskan PAIN woman gave birth to. Those who oppose President Obama's health reform, don't give a damn about anyone but themselves, and their own. I just can't fanthom how they sleep at night, knowing that there are so many people dying because they don't have the means to get medical attention. Perhaps the only way those who oppose change will learn is through experience, and that is when they lose their jobs and find themselves in the same situation as millions of families are now in.
daddy
Aug. 21st, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Did you not just read what yopu typed? You are blaming the GOP on somethjing that they had no responsibility for.

You said that "As President Obama has said, he and all those in Congress, etc., will never have to worry about things like this, because they have EXCELLENT insurance which gives them the very BEST of care"

If what they want to put us on is to frigging great then why the hell will they not go under it too?

If you believe that we would get the same type of healthcare that the President and the emmbers of Congress are getting, you are kidding yourself. It will be nothing like it.

You have become so brain washed of late that you blame everything on the GOP when its BOTH th3e GOP and the Democrats that are equal partners in the abortion we cann Washington Politics. REMEMBER little one that BUSH had a DEMOCRAT LED CONGRESS his last two years. That I believe is why his decisions went to shit.

Next you immediately feel that just because someone does not want OBAMA's healthcare they are stupid or cannot reason the aspects of life. That Only OBAMA's blind followers have some monopoly on common sense. I am one of those who do not want what he is offering, and I will put my IQ up against any of the Obamaites any time any day. Once again I respond I am NOT a THUG. I am stuill working even though I could have retired. I am NOT on welfare, medicare or medicaid. (the three Government programs that the CONGRESS (democrat and republican) have bankrupted)

Now You are right in that there are millions of families who are without Insurance, and cannot addord Cobra Insurance. I was one of them when I decided to leave my job of 20 years and progress in a new direction. BUT That was MY decision NOW there are a lort of people without jobs Thanks to your Messiah. Under Obama's bullshit decisions it is estimated that thousands a month are loosing their jobs due to Obama's push to Green industries, Closing auto dealerships, changing the direction of auto manufacturing just to name a few. WHERE the fuck are these millions of jobs he promised during the campain? where are all these shovel ready projects he promised?? Ill tell you... NOWHERE!


NOW lets go back a little, I suggested that you read the bill that the house has offered HAVE YOU?? I mentioned the euthanasia boards that are in the bill, the same one many others including your favorite person Sara Palin also mentioned. Obama and his cronies all decreed that they were not in there but all of a sudden those same Democrats who said it was not in the bill started saying that tnhey had removed it from the bill... OK when were they lying? when they said it was not in the bill or when they said they took it out? Either way they are liars!

Lets also look at the oppisite side of the fence. Did you know that the republicans have offered four different health care bills? NAncy Pelosi refuses to allow them to be introduced. DId you know that Republican Joe Wiolson of SC made an ammendment and got it passed and attached to the House bill that says IF its passed every member of congress must also go under it. BUT Senator (Chappaquidic) Kennedy has also made an ammendment to the bill if it passes that members of Congress are exempt from the bill and will stay under the program they have. ONCE AQGAIN if its so damn good why is Kennedy wanting to be exempt? Its because that fucker knows even his money will not save his ass from Obama's health care.

LEts not forget that healthcare has nothing to do with why 1/2 of Americans did NOT vote for the sorry assed Senator from Illinois who voted to deny medical care to a baby who was just ripped from its mothers womb in an late term abortion (that he also voted for) and that it should be allowed to die so it would nopt be a burden on the mother. Remember thats HIS words when refeerring to a possible baby that one of his precious little girls might have.

daddy
Aug. 21st, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Damn I have to remember to proof read my posts and use spell check...
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uglyface2
Aug. 21st, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Let’s not forget for a moment, that health care reform was one of the MAIN reasons I, Playgirl, and not necessarily everyone reading this voted for Obama!

Refresh my memory. When during the election did you ever mention health care as a reason for voting for Obama?
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I didn't have to mention health care reform, because when Obama ran for change, that was among the many items on his agenda that need CHANGE. The most important of all changes was the CHANGE from Rep. to Demo.
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dlanor
Aug. 22nd, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Not Now, Not ever will I give the Obama administration the ability to totally control yours and my life, like they now want to do.

Federal control of our lives is worse than death. In fact in my mind it is death.
playgirl
Aug. 22nd, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Open your eyes dearest one!

Isn't our present health care system already death for so many families. I think so.

We need change.
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mirmusing
Aug. 22nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Beyond the pale
I cannot contemplate the healthcare system you have there in the US.

In this country (UK) when you get ill you go to the doctors (no charge), generally making an appointment first (no charge), but sometimes on spec if the matter is urgent. I've always got an appointment within a few days if not the same day.

If necessary, you take a subsidised prescription to the chemists (at varying cost depending on the price of the medication, subsidised for those on low incomes).

If you need a health check you ask for the nurse (no charge) in the same practice, as I did for a minor ear infection recently.

If the matter is serious, as with my niece at present, who has appendicitis, you go to the hospital (no charge), possibly taken there by ambulance (no charge) get operated on (no charge), recover from the trauma in hospital (no charge) and have post op treatment via the hospital (no charge) or the local doctor (no charge). She was rushed there by ambulance last night and operated on that same night.

If the matter isn't urgent, then you can be referred by your doctor to the hospital again at no charge and you join a waiting list. Again in both London and Newcastle, two large cities here, I've never had to wait more than a week or two.

Yes, our taxes are higher than yours, but most of us don't have the cost of medical insurance, which I'm advised costs your country more than our health taxes. It is only in the case of the most expensive drugs where resource issues start to come in and rationing starts to have an effect. And on average, without the fear of uninsured living, we actually live longer apparently...

May your president be victorious.

M
playgirl
Aug. 25th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Re: Beyond the pale
I really appreciate you sharing all that with us.

President Obama has shared many times how his mother died of cancer because she couldn’t afford to pay for the cancer treatments; treatments that had they been available to her, perhaps she would have lived.

He won because the majority of the people voted for him because of his devotion to bring change in so many things, including health care reform. I believe in this kind, virtuous, and intelligent gentleman, and this is why I back him up 100%. As you can see, this country desperately needs change, especially when it comes to health care for its hard working people, who now find themselves without insurance.

What you shared, touched me so, and if I have your permission, I would like to bring it up so those who so violently oppose my stance, can read how different it is in other countries when it comes to carrying for the well-being, and health of its citizens. If you should give me permission, I’ll warn you that you will most likely be attacked as I always am. Just remember that they are truly sweet kids who only growl and bark but never bite! :o)

Please let me know if I have your permission to share to some of my bull-headed kids here, how things are in your country when it comes to providing health care for all its citizens. If not, I’ll totally understand.

Hugs!
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