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Articles Are Being Written About...ME! (links and pics)

Friday, January 31, 2014

If you read my last blog, you know that I was refused yet again for the bariatric surgery my doctors have all agreed is pretty darn necessary in order to get the weight off of my damaged joints and bones, which will not bear the weight much longer, as well as improve my other health conditions and keep me on this Earth a while longer. Not to mention I will be able to move and feel better! Our insurance company just will not pay for any type of weight loss surgery. You will also know that my daughter has started a fundraising campaign to raise the money for the surgery, and has a facebook page to advertise the campaign.

*****EDITED HERE**** I did have links to the fundraiser, as well as a link to the facebook page. I did not realize this was against sparkpeople policy. Rather than report me and have me put on "notice" by sparkpeople, I do wish the person offended would have come to me in a spark mail or other private means and pointed out that I was violating a rule. It was embarrassing for me to be called to task by the authorities. I do apologize for anyone offended. Thank you. ****

A reporter from the Associated Press was put in touch with me a while back. He is working on an article highlighting how hard it is for patients to obtain bariatric surgery through their insurance providers. I'm to be featured in his article. They are sending a photographer out to take pictures of me on Monday. Not sure when that article will be published, but I'll post when it does.

In the meantime, my story has been published online on the Examiner website. Examiner is a news site for articles written by freelancers. The article mentions sparkpeople.com and the writer, Sarah Broadmeadow-Thomas, added a link not only to the fundraising site, but also to my spark page. Maybe I will spread the spark through this article! Woo Hoo! Here's the link to the news article:

****LINK REMOVED SO AS NOT TO OFFEND OR BREAK ANY RULES****

She added a few pics to the article such as:

The day I tower climbed and zip-lined May 2011


Crossing the finish line January 2013 after walking the 13.1 Half Sparkathon:


Me and my daughter Carly being silly after playing Pin the Moustache on the Groom at my son and daughter-in-law's Bridal Couples shower before their wedding last April.


There are a few more attached to the article you can see when you click on the link above. The pic on the fundraising site is of me holding my newborn granddaughter Robyn. I'm wearing a scarf because my hair had started coming out in small clumps from chemo at that time. My hair is still short today, but it is FINALLY all grown back. Yay!

Anyway, I thought some of you might be interested in reading the article and maybe checking out the other links. As always, I love you all and hope that you NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN!

MJ
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  • v CAROLIAN
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    937 days ago
  • v YIGOBUTTERFLY
    I do hope you get the surgery you need. When insurance companies mess around with us it can be hard. My insurance company paid a little over half of my hospital bill when I broke my ankle while in the states. The hospital is not on their approved list. Only a couple are and they are on the west coast. I was at a hospital in Kentucky.

    Jane
    939 days ago
  • v JUNEAU2010
    It's sad that we have to be campaigning for something that would be so commonsense! Fingers still crossed for you!
    940 days ago
  • v GINCHIFER
    I'm so glad you are getting help in bringing this frustrating problem to the attention of more people (and hopefully the insurance companies). Hang in there!
    940 days ago
  • v SENTERSTOCK
    What wonderful support you have with your daughter and grand-children!
    Love the pictures and how hard you are working! Keep it up! It is going to happen!

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    940 days ago
  • v RHOOK20047
    I am hearing that in the next couple of years, the insurance companies will have to change their actions since obesity is now considered a valid disease. I hope they change their mind for you soon. I am fighting with my secondary insurance, as they haven't denied it, they just keep asking for more and more documentation. The latest is 5 years of doctor's notes from my primary care physician. That was mailed 2 weeks ago, and I am waiting . My insurance has approved it, however we would like to have approval from both to reduce costs to me. Good luck.
    940 days ago
  • v HINK2013
    emoticon Good Luck!!
    940 days ago
  • v MAERETH
    That's awesome!!!
    940 days ago
  • v DEB62BIE62
    Thanks for sharing this. Hope some good comes of the article.
    940 days ago
  • v KALIGIRL
    Wonderful news!
    940 days ago
  • v POOKASLUAGH
    I'm excited that the Associate Press is talking to you. I hope these insurance companies will WAKE UP at some point!!
    940 days ago
  • v UNSTOPPABLEJEN
    I'm so happy this article is being published! IT will raise awareness about the need for insurance companies to provide bariatric surgery to those in need, it will spread the spark, and most of all, it will drive traffic to the fundraising site. I hope that others are inspired to reach out and help so that you reach your goal soon!
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    940 days ago
  • v SUGARSMOM2
    Someday the insurance company will see that it does help to pay for this type of operation for overweight people . the rejection is overwhelming . makes you feel hopeless . I pray that all goes well . good motto . keep smiling do not lose your sense of humor . emoticon
    940 days ago
  • v RENIESSPARKIN
    Good for you! I'm going right now and check out the links. Keep hanging in there, my dear. I love your motto. We can all learn from your attitude. emoticon

    Best of luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Luvies, emoticon
    Renie
    940 days ago
  • v ZRIE014
    have a great day
    940 days ago
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