Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mastectomy Law Change - IMPORTANT !

" A woman is like a bag of tea.
You never know how strong she is until she's in hot water."

- Phyllis Diller.

Proposed Mastectomy Law Change
(written by a surgeon)

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 right now! The Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill

is important legislation for all women. 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. Please take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others you know

who will do the same.

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 showyour support.

Last 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 and zip code number.

This takes about 2 seconds.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your 20 friends.

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