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, September 28, 2009

Silly Girl Commercial

I’m going to make a reform commercial.

Linda knows what I love.

I am so down for this.

Little do you all know that I made my way through college with COMMUNICATIONS scholarships.

Yes, I edited the newspaper. I wrote. Writing was my first true love. I only joined nursing when I realized what journalism paid, and only then because I knew I could be an investigative health reporter.

I knew nurses were allowed in places that no journalist would ever be welcomed.

I also knew nurses were much loved and trusted in EVERY culture.

Imagine the information I could obtain!

Then life happened, I got side tracked, and now I am back!

I am doing my original dream, just not exactly how I dreamt it.

Commercials are really not my cup of tea, but in an attempt to join the tea partiers despite my disability, I am all in on this.

I’m thinking I’ll end it with “The status quo has got to go.”

I know I have clips that would be fabulous to use.

I could end the commercial with the clip of me running to throw up, because the system really does make me sick.

That is certainly memorable and funny.

Unfortunately, some clips are on my PC and my MAC has the editing software.

Hopefully it won’t be too hard to transfer videos, and I would love help editing.

I don’t think this is something I could do entirely myself if I want the creative vision realized.

I don’t know exactly what my creative vision is yet, probably something satirical.

We could start with a picture of the sick with a voice overtone stating the profits of our countries’ insurance companies (97 million for NH’s Anthem just last year).

Then we could have a patient say, “At the cost of me”

And another say, “And Me”

And another, “And me.”

After this I could come on camera with a wig, smiling. I’d take the wig off and say. . . . . something.

Haven’t gotten that far yet, but I like it.

Or we could be less serious.

I like the wig thing, because from past experiences I can tell you people stop and stare when I would where one then whip it off.

X’s favorite things was to grab my wig and tear it off in the grocery store to see people’s reactions.

I had to stop wearing it because he just couldn’t keep his hands off.

The shock was worse realizing I was bald this way than having my head hanging out or a scarf on.

So Who wants to help? Who has ideas? Let a girl know.


linda keenan said...

everything can be edited online, no transferring needed.
hey listen my husband steve is a former editor, shooter and we are happy to edit it for you as long as it is simple cuts. and that's what they want, low budget simple cuts.
i used to write commercials for cnn.
i like a satirical idea but i would add that you want to first figure out the message you want to get across: so how do YOU show the need for reform? i would love to see you holding up a letter getting dumped by your insurance company. you going through your color coded excel bill thing. you already have a really good one on medco and how their cost control can leave you stranded on your pills. you could tape a contentious phone call with an insurance company (you need a microphone you can prob buy at radio shack...and ill look into whether that is legal)
SO this would be my overall advice: we would say in the biz 'shoot the hell out it'. shoot a bunch of scenes. funny, not funny, ones that involve your finances in particular. or ways in which the systems has compromised your care. and you need to hammer the idea that YOU HAVE INSURANCE. this is the message people dont understand: that having insurance doesnt protect you. then after you have a ton of material, if you want us to edit it, we can do a rough cut and then you can look.

linda keenan said...

oh wait i was confused about your mac pc thing, well regardless, if you need help on that transfer, steve can prob figure that out....

Kim said...

Hey Hillary,

Love your blog. I underwent chemo for Hodgkins 4 years ago and so far so good. I have other challenges but fortunately they don't involve my health.

I salute your courage, spunk, determination, and overall willingness to not only take on the unremitting beast of cancer, but fight the opposition who, by any reasonable code of ethics, should be on your side. The resistance to health care reform is just one more stake in the heart of an America that was probably always over-idealized as a true democracy of the people. Bullshit, as you know firsthand.

I can't make a monetary donation since I'm trying to figure out how to pay my rent, but I will offer to help you in other ways. I'm a writer/actor and also a card-carrying boat-rocking whistle-blower from way back. If you need the kind of help I can offer from my computer or phone, please let me know, I'd be happy to assist you in your effort to change the system so that no insurance company is allowed to discriminate, deny necessary tx, or force a patient into medical bankruptcy.

I wish you all the best on your journey.