Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Who's My Legislator

Legislators are coming to town Claremont on Thursday!
I hope all of you will attend and take your opportunity to speak on behalf of the needs of the poor, sick and disabled.

The current health care system is impossible to navigate for the aforementioned parties (including me, even with all my education).

Any budget cuts in the current safety net of NH's Catastrophic Illness program would leave any qualifying individuals unable to receive care, due to inability to pay upfront costs.

The law states emergent care must be provided with disregard to ability to pay. It does not say diagnosis needs to be made if you can not pay.

The difference is knowing you have Stage II cancer that can be treated with options vs. showing up at an emergency department brain dead, with respiratory failure, cardiac failure, cardiac arrest, stroke, hemorrhaging, etc. due to metastasized cancer that is no longer treatable.
I hope we are all clear on the difference between what the law requires to be treated and what it does not.

I hope you're all scared. I know I am.

Please, familiarize yourself with our representatives.

Know your legislator ( for NH is a great site that guides you to all representatives contact information, as well as their voting record.

Please see who has the ability to protect us.

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