Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Breast Cancer Petition

With more and more women being diagnosed with breast cancer and having mastectomies, this has become a hot topic. There is a petition going around to end the practice of "drive-through" mastectomies in this country. To read a personal account and how I learned of this petition, head over to my friends blog at Alan's Stream of Consciousness. I also learned that more friends of mine are participating in the Atlanta 3-Day in October. I am jealous that I will not be participating this year. (I'll be a little busy with new baby!) It is an incredible event that I urge you to look into doing and that I have walked three times in! Read more about the petition below:

"Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross joined Lifetime, Senator Landrieu (D-LA) and Representatives DeLauro (D-CT) and Moran (R-KS), at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, January 23, to give voice to the 20 million signatures collected on urging Congress to end the practice of “drive-through” mastectomies, when women are forced to leave the hospital following their physically and emotionally difficult breast cancer surgeries before they and their doctors may feel they are ready to go home. Senator Landrieu and Representatives DeLauro and Moran are championing the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007 (S.459/H.R 758), which includes no mandates but allows a woman and her doctor to decide if she is best off going home or staying in the hospital for at least 48 hours after having a mastectomy.


Alan said...

Kim, thanks for helping spread the word about the petition for better care for breast cancer patients. I feel that it is deplorable what the insurance companies are trying to do. Why can't they show some compassion, aren't they making enough money as it is? Also, thanks for the plug for my blog. I am hoping to get as much traffic as you do!