I was recently sent this e-mail and thought that since this board is primarily women, it was worth posting. I hope this is okay.
>***you can go to the Lifetime Television website and at the bottom they have a place to sign the petition and get important information.****>
> 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 patients, 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
> 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.
> It takes 2 seconds to do this and is
> very important .. Please take the time and do it
> really quick!
> 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
> I f 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 your friends and family, and on behalf of
> all women , THANKS.