This blog post was written at the end of January and because I am technologically challenged I am getting this posted today. Thanks BI for your patience with me. Here it goes:
2010 was a busy year filled with all sorts of growing pains for breast health navigation and I am amazed at the support and accomplishments we have enjoyed here at SMHCS. Thanks to all of you who have supported me and our patients with your time and resources. We live in an amazing community known for its beauty and culture. I now know to add generosity to the list. I want to specifically thank 4women.com, Susan G Komen for the Cure Suncoast Affiliate, Sarasota Quilters, SMHCS Volunteer Auxilliary and of course the SMHCS Superheroes Team.
There are many challenges today due to our sluggish economy and the multitude of factors that have contributed to the rise of uninsured and underinsured folks. The issue was addressed in a recent Sarasota Herald Tribune article entitled “Without insurance when they might need it most”. http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20101225/ARTICLE/12251017?Title=Without-insurance-when-they-might-need-it-most
As challenging as some of the cases are, I still feel fortunate for our patients because here in Sarasota we do have some help available. Please pass along our phone # 941 917 3377 and we will do our best to match the caller with an appropriate grant. I have lived in areas where oncology patients would have to travel long distances up to three hours for help due to not having insurance or not having enough coverage. The long commutes were stressful for the patient and families and so some patients would choose to do without treatment. How sad to see someone with a potentially treatable diagnosis have to make that decision.
As we say goodbye to 2010 and welcome all the possibilities the New Year will bring us I wish you all a happy and healthy one. I look forward to working with all of you again this year and being inspired. I am constantly amazed by the energy and commitment to supporting breast cancer patients in this community. I started writing this piece after reading an article on Elizabeth Edwards who lost her battle with breast cancer on Dec 7 2010. We all can agree that she was an amazing woman who will be sorely missed. Her grace under fire is something she will always be remembered for. I was particularly challenged by the following quote: “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”- Elizabeth Edwards
See you all next year,