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What's your thoughts on this?

Postby roda havet » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:42 am

No matter where we live in this world we all either have to deal with some type of health problem or know someone who is. There is a lot of chronic disorders/diseases/conditions out there that people deal with on a daily basis. I heard a sad story on the radio yesterday that broke my heart. It was about a three year boy who not long ago got diagnosed with leukemia :cry: . What do you say when you hear something like that? It got me thinking about those who suffer from the many different diseases out there. What if some writer's band together and used there voice to come up with a campaign? Lets say it's called "Writing For A Cause". So, if you had a chance to do something like this would you? And if so what topic would you chose and why? For me it's hard to chose just one because there are so many out there and several of these diseases touch home because of family members. But I guess cancer would be at the top of my list because so many suffer from this disease. :)
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Re: What's your thoughts on this?

Postby pls » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:09 am

Speaking as one who has cancer … such a campaign would do nothing for those with the various diseases. It would only give the writers something to do to make them feel better, like the numerous posts on Facebook which are pretty much meaningless.
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Re: What's your thoughts on this?

Postby Hannah Spencer » Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:45 am

Raising awareness about medical conditions has little impact at the end of the day as the only people who can influence their outcome are medical professionals / scientists - unless it is something like diabetes which the sufferer can do something to prevent or help. I quite often get involved in local environmental or planning issues where awareness can have a big influence on the result.

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Re: What's your thoughts on this?

Postby roda havet » Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:53 am

I don't have a Facebook account. I also somewhat speak from experience, last year I had a breast cancer scare, it was terrifying. But I was lucky it turned out to be a benign tumor. Thinking behind the questions above is to see if such a campaign could exist. I just thought that maybe writer's could use their skill to help others and bring awareness to these many type of diseases. :)
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Postby Hannah Spencer » Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:28 am

Have you thought about writing a piece about your experience for a woman's mag or health mag? That is a good way of raising awareness eg the importance of checking for lumps and such like, and the hospital procedures/ outcome? That would be of benefit to anyone who may face similar circumstances, and getting the issue on paper can also help you get things straight in your mind. Glad it turned out benign x

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Postby roda havet » Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:26 am

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Re: What's your thoughts on this?

Postby Frank321 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:09 pm

This question brings up some feelings, thoughts I usually avoid. The first things I say seem off the point, but have everything to do with your question. Both my mother and my grandmother were nurses. By the time I graduated from high school I was very aware, from their life stories, they became nurses because they really wanted to help people. As nurses they functioned in an almost callous way towards their patients. I realized that if they had the same empathy level they had when they first started, they could not work as nurses. Seeing so many people in pain and suffering would have been too difficult. Even worse is seeing someone in a seizure and doing the right thing to help the patient, without being so overcome with empathy that they can not immediately react to the situation and help the patient.

I feel that Joe Biden in his Moon Shot to cure Cancer also misses the best argument as to why we, as a nation, should be willing to make the expense to end Cancer. Joe Biden is saying, and I paraphrase, "I understand the pain of losing a loved one to cancer, my son . . . "
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Colon Cancer is a terrible way to die. Yet we know that by doing colonoscopies on the "at risk" group we can prevent well over ninety percent of the initial colon cancer from occurring. When I had my last colonoscopy I asked the doctor, "How do you feel about saving so many individuals from colon cancer." He replied, "I don't think of that. I think of all the money I save our country by doing these screenings."

No one agency is responsible for all the dollar cost associated with cancer. I do not mean just the cost of early detection, even with the tools we have before the Biden Moonshot, early detection is worth a whole long trainload of cure. Also the cost of treatments, the cost of a person becoming in some ways a dependent of others, and state agencies. Not to mention losing a taxpayer, for at least awhile. No one group is responsible for all these costs. If the government thinks that they can weasel their way to saving money by breaking up all these costs into different, hard to obtain programs. They are wrong.

It may seem cold to argue we should have a Moonshot to end cancer not based upon empathy for the cancer patients and their families, but saving money, across the whole arc of Cancer is more likely to push the government into funding Biden's Cancer Moonshot.

For Example: While I can not prove it, I suspect that if the government gave up all the nonsense of allowing different insurance companies to restrict access to colonoscopies with extra costs, like co pays, excessively difficult to get permission to do the procedure, and then those who can not afford it, by the government paying one hundred percent of all colonoscopies. It would save the country a lot of money.

What a writer can do, is do a lot of research as to all the costs of not treating, or delaying detection of cancer, and point out the savings. In the case of Colonoscopies, I think the conservatives would agree because they voters they are likely saving are the group most likely to be conservative voters.

The nightmare empathy story I have heard about cancer is from years ago. A mother took her child to the doctor with lethargy, tiredness. After going to several different Pediatric and Primary doctors, the situation got worse. Her child had a form of blood cancer which it was known to be highly treatable, if it was detected early, which it was not. A Cancer specialist told her that the group who had been treating her child, an HMO, had a restriction against performing the specific test which would have allowed them to diagnose the problem early, because; The Cancer was extremely rare, (less than 15 children in all the US in a year), and the test was extremely expensive $1200.00. It is the flip side making decisions on Cancer by allowing book keepers to make medical decisions based upon money. My questions is, should the test really cost $1200.00.

We need to associated the real dollar cost of treating cancer to include the whole arc of the disease, dollar costs of detection, treatment, even the costs of a family member taking off work to care for sick family member. Yes, even the dollar cost of the funeral.

Oh yes, that brings up one of my other irritations with the way the US now does health care. It is always presumed that everyone has a family member who can act as a care giver at home. Keeps sick individuals out of hospitals, reduces costs and such. Truth is a lot of us do not come from large middle class families which has an extra person who has nothing better to do with their life besides stay at home to take care of someone. A lot of us actually live in homes, apartments that do not have such good temperature control, a necessary part of an individual not getting sicker. The truth is, most family members make terrible care givers, they are untrained, just barely able to watch the clock as to when to give medication, even if they care about the sick person. A lot just want to emotionally separate themselves from a sick person. Family can be brutal caregivers, and many of us have no one who can take time off work.

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Re: What's your thoughts on this?

Postby roda havet » Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:36 am

Frank321, you make a lot of good points in your post. And the story you told about the mother with her young son is one of the reason awareness really needs to be brought to everyone's attention, when I say everyone I mean from the top people in the world to doctors to the general public. We all need to know about these things. If everyone knew just a little bit about this than may be so many people wouldn't suffer so much from things. I would think the more aware we are about all the aspects of something the better off we are and may can help each other in some way or another. :)
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