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    Good luck with the chemo-my sister started today for a different cancer.To me the American health system sounds too complicated and with too many players.Ours in Australia is more of a blend of the 2 types of system



    I too talk to a lot of people who do not want it. They feel the care would not be as good or as efficent. I feel as you do that the care is just as good for those who are getting government based care. The cost of insurance is so high as are the deductibles. Not to mention that so many legitimate claims are denied, even by the so called “good insurances”. It is an on going fight to get them to pay for a lot of treatments as many on this board well know. I too ignore a lot of the little things. Unfortunately, I have a few years to go yet before I would qualify for medicare. :)



    I have a lot of online arguments with people that are against “socialized” medicine. The truth is we already have a great percentage of our population on gov’t based insurance programs- medicare, medicaid, schip , tricare and the VA. Then we have a bunch with no insurance and the rest on private. The gov’t based are the best as far as I’m concerned. I have family members that have been in all of the above and they’ve all received excellent care. It’s the private insurance we’re always fighting with and people here are fighting with. It would just be nice to know you could get sick and not have to worry about losing everything you’ve worked your whole life for. I have insurance but it’s $5000 deductible so I ignore a lot of things and hope they go away. Heres to Medicare for All!!!


    Huh? Most people are against socialized medicine? A lot of surveys show just the opposite– that most people in the United States WANT universal health care. (One lucky category of people here already has it– it’s called Medicare!!)



    Hi Kris,

    No need to blush, you deserve every word. I am hoping you will get all the support that you & Hans need to get you through this. I will be thinking of you & wishing you the best on “poison day”.

    Here in the US, as you already know, most people are against socialized medicine. With the cost of health care and insurance so out of control, I for one think it is need and am all for it. I think there are a lot more positives than negatives to national health care. Not sure if it will every happen here. Too much money & politics involved I guess. Being sick in the US is almost “cost prohibitive” with or without insurance.

    You are fortunate to be in a country that is handling health care in that way.
    Again, I wish you the best & will keep you in my thoughts & prayers as your journey continues. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing.

    Love & Hugs,


    Thanks everyone. I am blushing from all your kind words. I do feel very strong at the moment. I have a meeting on Monday with my psychologist. Hans and I usually meet seperately, but this time I want us to meet together so I can get more emotional strength from him before poison day on Wednesday.

    I googled the antibodies they are deciding between (Erbitux, Avastin, Vectibix) and they all seem ok. I was astounded by the cost around $45,000 or more a treatment cycle. How much do I love socialised medicine?


    Kris…I pray that along with you feeling great, you will continue that spunky, sassy way of looking cancer right in the face, and not taking no for an answer. I admire your courage and strength…you remind me of the fight Lee fought…thank you for reminding me of the incredible determination and super human strength Lee had…and that you now posess…God bless you Kris….



    Hey Kris, I’m so glad you’re feeling good. I’ve been worrying about you. I know you miss Peter as we all do. All good thoughts and prayers to shrink the tumor!!

    Love, Carol


    Kris – a big round of applause for you, from a couple of SC girls, by way of Atlanta! You can never know how your story has been such an inspiration for Suzanne and me – your attitude and approach to this nasty thing has helped us along on our journey, and will continue to be a source of strength for us.



    I have to commend all of you. You all have such a great attitude and have kept your sense of humor regardless of what you have been through or what you may be facing in the future. I am so proud of all of you. Keep it up. Stay strong & keep on fighting. I’m always hoping for the best out come for every situation. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

    Lots of love & cyber hugs coming your way,




    Wait til you get the oxyliplatin goody bag. It came with a large pair of winter type gloves so you can be protected against the cold neuropathy…




    Hi Kris

    Glad to hear you are getting such good care. Reading between the lines, are you now a bit more comfortable with your oncologist? I wish you all the best with your chemo; hope that it works in shrinking the tumour; and doesn’t take too much out of you.

    The portacath looks very interesting. I have a Hickman line that serves a similar purpose but the tube hangs outside my body. The portacath is kept under the skin so you will be able to keep up your sun bathing and swimming.

    I didn’t know that the red came out of a bottle! So have you adopted the characteristics of a true redhead or are you really a split personality? Don’t fret about lack of comment about your colouring. I’m sure I’ll think of something to rile you a bit! You never know, it might turn out ginger.

    All the best



    Dear Kris,
    Good luck with the cell poison! A fellow redhead (strawberry-blonde, whatever you want to call it) is rooting for you!
    -Joyce M


    Hi Kris:

    I am a redhead too — and if anybody can even tame this beast a little bit, it’s us! Seriously, though – all my thoughts are with you. The idea of the chemo goody bag is so strange it makes me laugh — I think it struck you that way, too.

    Take good care,


    This treatment plan sounds very well thought out. I agree that surgery sometimes makes tumors take off – it certainly did in Butch’s case, and it is so important that you remain strong to be able to fight this beast. I am so glad that you are feeling well – they are right – you go, girl!

    Joyce C.

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