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Melanie Brubaker Mazur - 5/24/2013
Another friend sick, another fundraiser.
Now mind you, I’m not complaining about the person, I’m complaining about the situation.
My friend Denise Hess, whom many of you know, was found to have a malignant tumor two weeks ago.
On Wednesday, she started chemotherapy.
Last week, we started raising money for her. I don’t mind doing that, it just seems that she should be able to focus on her health and treatments right now, not how she is going to pay for it.
I’ve lived in Norway, Germany and Switzerland. I don’t remember ever seeing the kinds of fundraisers here that we have for our sick family members and friends.
It seems the foremost democracy in the world should be able to do better. Personally, I’m willing to give Obamacare a shot, in large part because no other entity came forward with a credible health plan for our country. If they work as they’re supposed do, I think health care exchanges seem like a good idea.
I know, this makes some people froth at the mouth at the idea of socialized medicine. But in my experience, socialized medicine was pretty good. Yes, the U.S. has the best health care in the world, either if you have a good job with good health benefits, which seems to be fewer and far between these days, or if you grovel and beg and qualify for either Medicaid or charity care.
And if you’re somewhere in between those two extremes, fuhgeddaboutit. You might have lousy health insurance because it’s the only type you can buy, and good luck having that cover anything.
So if you have another opinion on the subject, please send a letter to the editor.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll join a whole lot of awesome bakers and Denise’s friends at Brenda’s Café on Friday and Saturday. There will be lots of wonderful goodies available, which is a little ironic because Denise can’t have any of them because cancer patients aren’t supposed to eat a lot of sweets.
So we’ll have to enjoy them for her!
If you can’t make it, or you’re not supposed to eat cookies either, we’ll be accepting donations at the sale, or contributions can be made to accounts at her name at Pine River Valley Bank or First National Bank of Durango.
I hope you will also join me in praying for her and sending her good wishes. Denise is an eternal optimist, but stage 4 cancer can be debilitating, no matter how strong you are.
We’ll be walking in her name at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life on June 28 at Fort Lewis College as well. There are usually several teams from Bayfield and Ignacio, so I hope you’ll support one of their members. Relay funds are used for both national cancer research and services for local patients, such mammograms. More information is at www.relayforlife.org.
I know Denise isn’t the only one out there who is sick right now and needs our help. Please remember those people, as well.
Thanks for reading.