(Note: if you didn't see the extended preview from a couple of months ago, definitely watch that. I think it was actually better in several respects.)
Also, just in: the final posters. Whee!
Right now, Medicaid reform in Oregon is a very volatile issue. I've spoken at several symposiums about my condition and about the road I've traveled to get basic health care, let alone access to specialists. Members of state legislature were at each symposium I've spoken at.
Contacting the media in an attempt to rally more troops to my cause is something I fear will have more negative retribution than positive. I currently receive financial assistance from two major medical groups (OHSU and Providence) and I'm afraid of going on the news and having whatever I say be colored in a negative light to any organization I'm involved with currently. Simply put, I'm afraid if I contact the media, I'll suddenly lose the help I am getting and there's no way I can allow that to happen. It's taken me years to get to a place where I even have an appointment with a surgeon who can help me and if I lose that, I really won't know where to turn.
I know a lot of y'all were really eager to help, and that you might feel disappointed that she doesn't want to try this avenue. My take on this is that it's like gambling: she can take the help she's already managed to get and leave the table, or she can press her luck and play with dice that may or may not be loaded against her. I can't find fault with that logic.
Now, if MegaUpload punks out, I say that's when we call in the cavalry.
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