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Shannon’s Journey, 10

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Yesterday Shannon went to chemo class. You would think, having gone through it all before, that she coulda played hooky. But there are new and better drugs with different potential side effects, so they wanted her to go.

Katlin was her daughter driver this day and Vesta and I went along as well and since it was called Chemo Class, I thought there would be a few other women there as well. But not so.

Shannon was the only student, however Katlin, Vesta and I audited the class.

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Here are Shannon and Katlin, waiting for class to be in session.
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Here, Shannon and Katlin are still waiting. However, now they’re in the classroom waiting for the teacher. And I have to admit, I’m pretty anxious, cuz I really wanna know about these new chemo drugs and how Shannon’s gonna have a much easier time this time than she did last time.

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The Chemo Class teacher was a nice lady called named Julie, who I call Nurse Julie.

During the class, Shannon and I got a lot of literature, which I’m still going over and will talk about at length here at the bottom of this page tomorrow or the next day, after I digest it all.

However, I will say I’m pretty angry about some of it. I just don’t know how they can justify six thousand dollars for one shot of Neulasta, which Shannon needs to take twenty-seven hours after each chemo session. I’ve been reading a lot about it and some oncologists charge up to twelve grand per shot and a lotta insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover it. What’s more, in other countries it’s usually between fifteen hundred and two thousand dollars a shot and most of those countries governments pick up the tab.

Speaking of governments picking up the tab for anything to do with cancer, I made a mistake in my last post when I said our government was gonna help Shannon out with short term disability to the tune of three hundred bucks a month. I was wrong about that. It’s her employer helping her out. Her government is helping her out to the tune of zero dollars.

Anyway, I believe you should never post in anger, so I’m gonna leave this till I can get a better grip on myself and on what the rest of her medication is going to cost.

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After Chemo Class, we were headed to the elevator, where we ran into Rosella. She was leaving her doctor’s office, which was down the hall from Shannon’s oncologist.

No, Rosella doesn’t have cancer, she was just getting a check up, because she’s a hundred and three years-old.

Can you imagine being a hundred and three? How remarkable. She was born in 1912. She was a little girl during the first world war. A young woman during the second. She’s seen and lived our history and she’s a very feisty lady.

When I asked could I take her picture, she said, “I’m afraid I’ll break your camera.”

“You won’t break it, Rosella.” I smiled a big one. “How could you? You’re gorgeous.”

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Then I took a photograph of Rosella with her daughter and her granddaughter, who were with her. And after that, we all rode the elevator down to the ground floor, where we said goodbye.

Can you imagine? A hundred and three. Wow!

I have no more photos to post from this day, but I do have some words. I posted the following on Facebook and I understand some will be offended, becasue they don’t like the notion of free medicine. But, I’m wagering those who don’t, have never had cancer.

Cancer’s pretty much a game changer, I think. If you get it and you find your savings disappearing, even though you thought you had good insurance, you just might find yourself agreeing with what I have to say below:

I never realized how wonderful breast cancer is for America. Because of it, our big pharmaceutical companies can drastically overcharge for their drugs, cuz if their patients don’t get ‘em, they die.

And because our big pharmaceutical companies get so much money cuz of cancer, they can hire lobbyists, who buy our congressmen and senators for them. That way our congressmen and senators do everything the big pharmaceutical companies want and what they want is a medical system that allows them to rake in the money.

But, and here’s the good part, because they make so much money, they can let it trickle down to the common folk. Plus, they buy big houses and employ construction workers. And they buy expensive cars and lots of other stuff, which is good for the economy.

So hooray for breast cancer.

It so sad that those eight other countries that have free medicine and a higher breast cancer survival rate then we do, don’t realize the benefits of just bankrupting those whose insurance do not cover the horrible high cost of drugs like Neulasta and letting those who don’t have insurance just die.

Because, after all, what’s a few thousand females worth compared to those jobs created by that trickle down money.

Also, look at all the job security our congressmen and senators get once they sell themselves to big pharma and a few other industries. They don’t have to worry about how they’re gonna pay for re-election, so they can spend more time with their hookers, whoops, I meant to say, doing their jobs.

So hooray for breast cancer and bought and paid for politicians. You all are good for America. And phooey on all those other countries that heal women with breast cancer for free.

Breast Cancer, America loves you.

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