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Pampered Chef: Proposed Mastectomy Law Change

  1. WLMcCoy

    WLMcCoy Advanced Member

    Just got this e-mail.. wanted to pass it along..

    Please read and consider taking action and forwarding to others.

    There is a link at the bottom of the message to the Lifetime Network’s website to sign the petition, if you are interested in doing so.

    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(s). 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=2 0do it really quick! 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. If you're receiving this, it's because I think you will 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 show your 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 the guys too.
    Aug 18, 2009
  2. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

    I am totally in favor for this. I just can't believe they would expect these to be outpatient! I'm just curious as to what else is in the bill - they can't just put a good thing alone in a bill as we all know!

    I've decided the next time I go to the hospital for surgery I'm not leaving until I'm good and ready. I came home from my gall bladder surgery last year a day too early!! I couldn't move or get out of bed from the pain. I told my husband the next time I won't leave the hospital until I can take a shower on my own! I'm very bull headed so they won't be able to kick me out - trust me. I don't care what my insurance says!
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