Injecting a heart
There’s nothing more admirable than a great display of guts and last week Doreen Butt and her family did a great job of holding their ground. A person would definitely have to experience it firsthand to know the ugliness of a cancer diagnosis; the horrible and piercing sound of the cancer word coming off a doctor’s lips and the gross fear of what toll this dreaded disease will take.
Speedy treatment and care has to be the priority of anyone thrown into the battle to survive.
To be rescheduled for a surgery, not once but twice, is downright unacceptable and when that lady from Labrador City was forced to have a life-saving surgery postponed again last week, reaction should have come straight from the health minister given the embarrassing incidents that have been uncovered in this province over the past year or so.
When family members contacted the media, they were wise in showing this specific case, which uncovered yet another atrocity of our healthcare system.
Imagine the pent up anxiety a person must feel preparing to have surgery and to be told at the eleventh hours it will have to be rescheduled.
But that’s our health care system. It’s one thing to be appalled by the awful flaws, but it’s quite another to be at the mercy of this system when your life is threatened by something as frightening as cancer.
It’s likely many other people have hair-raising stories but are too afraid to come forward and complain because they are dependent on that system to make them well. Either there’s incredibly slow progress in revamping this system or there’s nothing being done with what we’ve learned in the goof ups and negligence that have previously been exposed.