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I hope I can post this here, but if not here....where else!<br><br><br>
Thank you for your time!<br>
From a nurse:<br><br>
I'll never forget the look in my patients eyes when<br>
I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises<br>
and no breast. I remember begging the Doctors to keep these women in<br>
the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were<br>
tied by the insurance companies. So there I sat with my patient giving<br>
them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing<br>
full well they didn't grasp half of what I was saying, because the<br>
glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet 'Thank<br>
you' they muttered.<br><br>
A mastectomy is when a woman's breast is removed in order to<br>
remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a<br>
mastectomy, y ou may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain<br>
afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an<br>
outpatient procedure. Let's give women the chance to recover properly<br>
in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.<br><br><br>
Mastectomy Bill in Congress<br><br>
It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important .. please take<br>
the time and do it really quick!<br><br>
Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill - Important legislation for all women.<br><br>
Please send this to everyone in your address book.<br>
If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard,<br>
this is one of those times. If you're receiving this, it's because I<br>
think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it on to others<br>
you know who will do the same.<br><br>
There's a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which<br>
will require insuranc e companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital<br>
stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It's about eliminating<br>
the 'drive-through mastectomy' where women are forced to go home just a<br>
few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from<br>
anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.<br><br>
Lifetime Television has put this bill on their Web page with a petition<br>
drive to show your support. Last year over half the House signed on.<br><br>
PLEASE!! Sign the petition by clicking on the Web site below. You need<br>
not give more than your name, zip code number and e-mail address.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br>
This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your friends and<br>
family, and on behalf of all women, THANKS.

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Signed - though I still can't believe the insurance companies on this one...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:

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