Due to ObamaCare I Survived Toxic Shock and Complications – Story

I wanted to write and say how thankful I am for OBAMA Care!!!

About 6 years ago I had gotten Toxic Shock Syndrome. This involved being in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks, kidney failure, a heart attack, and many other complications. By the time I woke from the coma, I had a pick line, a port for dialysis and couldn’t roll over or get up on my own by my self. My body and mind were blown up!!!

Once home I was very weak and was so grateful to my daughter Megan who was right by my side since I could hardly walk to the sink… But ended up hospitalized 2 or 3 more times with more bags of blood and heavy duty antibiotics because the infection kept coming back as grapefruit size cysts on my ovaries. That when we decided to do a hysterectomy and so it was done but the end wasnt there. While in the coma they scanned my abdomen and there was a growth on my kidney. Later after the hysterectomy and all was taken care of regarding the toxic shock, we took that kidney out… and low and behold I had kidney cancer.

After I recovered I got my first job in 21 years of staying home with my children, I finally had the guts to leave a 27 year marriage/relationship that I was afraid to leave for many years and got a divorce. But this left me with out the good insurance I had during the Toxic Shock and Kidney Cancer. On my own for the first time in a long time (I was on my own at 19 and 20 and then got married the next year.) post critical illness I found my system/body was not the same and with no insurance it was scary. I had to go to the hospital 2 or 3 times and thank god I was able to get treatment but owed a couple big hospital bills!!! Because my body and mind were so blown up from the critical illness a bunch of years prior and many major evens, divorce and my mother passing away. (That just 2 there were many more life events) I had to cut my hours to part time because I wasn’t coping well and was crying every day and wasn’t able to have insurance through work because I was part time.

Being on Obama Care has afforded me to go to a psyche and she diagnosed me with PTSD, as well I have had Melanoma/surgery and a painful gull bladder that I had suffered great pain with and was misdiagnosed for 2 years while I didn’t have insurance. (One of the hospital visits while I was uninsured) with Obama Care I was able to get that gull bladder out and end the pain.

I can say I am so grateful for OBAMA Care because if I didn’t have it things would be very different in my world right now. I do not think I would have been able to deal with the Melanoma or the Gull Bladder and if I had I don’t know how I would have payed for it because I was a stay at home mom for so long with no schooling under my belt, its not like I make a lot of money to survive and make rent let alone pay those kinds of big medical bills and plus since the Toxic Shock my coping tools are much more tedious… So working full time is harder than for the normal person who hasn’t had a critical illness and almost died.

Thank you President Obama for giving me the chance to live! I am so grateful, for if it wasn’t for your Obama Care Act, If you hadn’t implemented Obama Care I may have been dead right now (or close to it) or so in dept from medical bills trying to stay alive it would be perilous and defeating!

Now I feel hope… I feel cared for, feel valued and feel safe… I am so grateful!!!

My best regards and thankfulness!!! ~Valerie

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Dear author, thank you for sharing your personal experience with ObamaCare. I am currently a high school student learning about the roots of health care in America, what i was really shocked by was that you were in a coma for 2 1/2 years, had kidney cancer and diagnosed with PTSD. I would like to share with you that ObamaCare will lower the cost premiums but also provide subsides to help low- and middle-income American purchase insurance. What would you have done if Obama care didn’t exist?

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