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Showing posts from October, 2011

Drugs and Money

"Competition makes things come out right. Well, what does that mean in health care? More hospitals so they compete with each other. More doctors compete with each other. More pharmaceutical companies. We set up war. Wait a minute, let's talk about the patient. The patient doesn't need a war." ~ Donald Berwick 

I am more disgusted than usual with the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries lately. Health care in this country is dictated by politics and money which of course in no way benefits the patient. However in an attempt to turn negative experiences into constructive information that may help other people, I am going to try and make this a blog entry more about empowering other consumers and less about my rant regarding the terrible demise of health care in this country. Because except for being an active, registered voter, I feel powerless about changing the health care situation in this country. However I do have some control over figuring out how to ge…

Realizing Dreams

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." ~ Henry David Thoreau


Eight fifteen am.

I walked into the large lobby and immediately felt intimidated. People swarmed all around me and many of them seemed to know each other. I knew no one. I kept repeating to myself over and over in my head "I belong here, I belong here". I strolled up to the very welcoming breakfast bar, grabbed a slice of warm banana bread and some water. My eyes then scanned the room to find a chair that would not put me in the path of another stranger who might try and strike up a conversation with me.  I was nervous. I needed some time to scan the room a little more and take in the atmosphere.

So where was I on an early Saturday morning in October? I was at my first writing conference. The name of it was Write Angles 2011 which is a yearly event coordinated by a volunteer group of local writers. I had found out about it during a Google search for lo…

From Abuse to the Promised Land

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. ~ Unknown

Promised Land:  any longed-for place where one expects to find greater happiness or fulfilment.  ~ The Free Dictionary

Did you ever work through some issue in your life and think that it was completely behind you until one day, it hits you in the face like a ton of bricks? That happened to me last weekend during my pastor's sermon at church. I wasn't expecting it. I was even the scripture reader for that day and it never dawned on me that his sermon based on that day's scripture would bring me back in time; to a place that used to haunt me. A time that I have never written about privately, never mind publically. However in considering writing about this topic and posting it on the web, some glaring facts have became apparent to me.

It could help someone.
Make them feel less alone.
Give them hope.
And so here we are.

My pastor's sermon this past Sunday was based on…

Doctor, Please Listen To Me!

Although I talk a lot on this blog about my experiences with an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren's Syndrome, I have dealt with and currently still deal with a multitude of other medical diagnoses. It would appear that when it came to the luck of the draw in the God designing Christine department, I got the short end of the stick. I was not a particularly sickly child, but once I entered my early twenties, it seemed like every few years a new medical problem reared its ugly head. I am not talking about common stuff either. Oh no, I got the wacky and unusual stuff....Hodgkin's Disease (which is a lymphoma), AV Nodal Reentry Tachycardia (a defect in my heart's conduction which required surgery), Factor V Leiden (a genetic blood clotting disorder), and of course the Sjogren's Syndrome. Throw in some more common diagnoses like Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, etc. and you have a nice array of specialists that I have to deal with on a regular basis.

There is a …