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Nov 18, 2008

I usually only post info. relevant to mental health issues, but this is very important to the health of many women, including their emotional as well as physical wellbeing.  It is appropriate that I address the issue of outpatient mastectomies in this Sharebook because breast cancer victims are already experiencing much stress.  They do not need to undergo major surgery and be sent home immediately afterwards to care for their own wounds.  That is so inhumane, it is absurd.  Thank you for your interest. 

Mary Neal
Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com

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From a nurse:

I'll never forget the look in my patients' eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drainage tubes, 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 in 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 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 support.


http://www.mylifetime.com/community/my-lifetime-commitment/breast-cancer/petition/breast-cancer-petition


Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site above. You need not give more than your name, state, and zip code.

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Now check this out:

http://my.nowpublic.com/world/be-careful-bush-administration-stay-back-doctor-kevorkian
Be Careful Bush Administration!  Stay back, Doctor Kevorkian!

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