After a while, things can really start looking bleak.
Treatments stop working, new ones don’t work, there’s so much pain, relationships are destroyed by your illness(es), you can’t hold down a job, your family judges you for applying for disabity, the bills keep adding up, the pain still doesn’t go away… The list doesn’t end. And it gets harder to hold onto the will to live, especially because it seems like there will never be a light at the end of the tunnel.
You’re not alone in feeling this way. I promise that. If you ever need someone to talk to, I am here for you. If you just want someone to complain to who won’t judge you, I am here for you. If you want a distraction, I am here for you. If you want unconditional support, I am here for you.
Chronic illness creates a lonely world, but you don’t have to suffer alone. There are hundreds of us here on Tumblr who understand and offer our love and support to you. Maybe together we can figure out how to get that light at the end of the tunnel back.
For hundreds of thousands of West Virginians, emergency room care is their only option. There is no justification for a system that forces people to seek care in the emergency room because they can’t afford insurance.
And everyone ends up paying the price — unpaid-for-care adds $2,000 on average to family health insurance premiums and $760 on average to individual health premiums in West Virginia.
Simply put, in a country as great and prosperous as ours, people shouldn’t be barred from seeing a doctor because they can’t afford to pay out-of-pocket or because they have a past illness.
I hope, too, that our state will be at the forefront of helping people making less than $15,000 a year gain access to Medicaid. Nearly 156,000 uninsured West Virginians could gain coverage — and the state would get a huge financial boost for doing so.
Health-care reform has been an urgent need for decades. And it’s a giant leap forward to finally have a system that grants fairness to people and their most fundamental need — good health.