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Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill

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
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.

Mastectomy Bill in Congress

It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important
.. Please take the time and do it really quick!

Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - 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.



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Comments (3)


Chris,i'm so sorry they put you through that.I pray that your okay now.I've not had to deal with breast cancer(thank god)but have been struck with some cancerous problems myself.At 21 i had a hysterectomy and stayed in the hospital for 2 nights and got sent home.You'd think they'd realize it's cheaper to keep a woman for at least 48 hours(still not long enough)than send her home and have her return in an ambulance(or car)go through the ER and be readmitted.They only care about money and not people(unless it's their own)and it'll save them money in the long run to give"good and decent care"the first time.Time to step off my soapbox.


I had a mastectomy when I was 36 years old. There is no way I could have gone home the same day. The anesthesia made me sick. Even after being in the hospital for two days, I had to go home with 2 drains. When I went back in for reconstructive surgery a few months later, I had to go home the same day. My 2 year old son was so delighted to see me, he didn't understand why I could not hug him like I always do. I ended up with complications and had to rush back to the hospital. This is major surgery. Please help make sure that women get the proper care. Thanks, James for posting this.


Please everybody, we get great freebies through here so take the time to help.I know i don't(and can't)do enough to help others but this was so easy to do.James,thanks for posting this.

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