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My mom has terminal cancer, don't turn your back on her

My name is John. My mom, Karen Oberg, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer about 9 months ago. While this has been a really hard time for us, I've been fortunate to be able to take leave from my job and spend these last months with her. Things were going well until recently when scans revealed the cancer was still very prevalent. From what doctors told us, she may only have one or two months to live. I need your help because our insurance company is bullying us around right in the middle of my mom's second-line chemotherapy. Her insurance company, Total Health Care, is not living up to its promise -- or name. Out of the blue, Total Health Care decided they would no longer allow my mom to continue going to the University of Michigan to receive treatment. The insurance company has been covering us for the University of Michigan for seven months now, so why are they all of a sudden refusing to continue her coverage when she only has months to live? On Monday, January 20, no more than 12 hours before she was scheduled to receive chemotherapy treatment, we got a call from U of M notifying us that Total Health Care refused to continue covering my mom's treatment there. We were heartbroken upon hearing this, and we were confused about why Total Health Care didn't have the heart to call us directly. After hours upon hours of pleading with Total Health Care over the phone, they wouldn't budge. This is especially frustrating because we're waiting to hear about the status of an operation which can help alleviate some of my mom's pain. The care and compassion we felt from U of M means nothing to them, and my mom is being looked at as nothing more than a dollar sign and a statistic to this insurance company. After a poor experience with a misdiagnosis from my mom's previous hospital and after establishing incredible relationships with doctors at U of M, we have built a true bridge of trust. It's the only place my mom feels comfortable, and as she recently told me, "Hearing bad news at U of M is easier than taking good news from the other hospitals we've been to." Even with a three hour round trip, we know the University of Michigan has so much care and compassion, which we feel from all of the U of M staff and doctors, particularly her oncologist. Their warmth is unmatched throughout the health care system. I ask and thank you for supporting us in our effort to convince Total Health Care to allow us to continue receiving treatment at University of Michigan. After being through so much together, my mom and I want these last few months together to be as joyful as possible. Quality health care from doctors we know and trust is all we ask for. She is currently not receiving chemotherapy because of her discontinued service. Continuing treatment at University at Michigan is how that can happen and we are so thankful for you support on my petition!

John Oberg
187,131 supporters
Petitioning Total Health Care

Queens hospital maternity unit! IMPROVE YOUR SERVICE FOR BABIES&MUMS

Our Lilly was born at Queens hospital at Romford!! On 29 February!!! Our Lilly is no longer Here due to this hospital failed todo their jobs!! I had a cough thru out my pregnancy and no one done anything about it now they was aware of this!! They never checked to see if my daughter had it!! My daughter was born Here so it was their jobs to help her n check her!, She was only 5pound and my daughter temperature was low!! From their they should of got a doctor in to check Our daughter and they would of found she was very ill!!! We was discharged from this hospital! And the day I got my daughter registered I had to take her to kings George hospital because she was coughing so the best thing me n my partner could do was take her hospital the midwifes that came and see Lilly at home said as long as she's feeding then its ok! So stupid me listened because they get paid to make sure babies are ok!  Then the next thing I know my lil girl was being admitted in king George hospital!!! She had caught it my sickness wen I was carrying her! And my poor baby was being pocked about! Then they gave Lilly a scan on her chest! Then they found she had pneumoniaon on the right side of her chest! They gave her all antibiotics to try fight this infection she had! But Lilly was to ill! Then the next day the doctors agreed it was best if Lilly had a breathing tube down her to help her breath because her oxygen Levels was going Down!They done that,my poor little angel was so brave!! Then cats team came to get her to be transferred to great Ormond Street hospital! On the 11 February! But Lilly got really sick she started to get high blood pressure! Her sugar Levels had drop!! And on all these machines to keep her alive and on top off this my baby girl had whooping cough as well,Then they done a blood transfusion to help her it worked we got so happy but wen we had a phone call to say our baby girl is dying it broke us! So that morning on 12 march! My Lilly passed away 9.43 am!! Died in my arms! If queens hospital just checked my little girl then maybe she be here today!! They never had no sort of doctors came round only a midwife to check her weight and they was worried about that! Cos she was so small!! And her temperature was so low she was freezing!! It don't take long to check someone over! Now me&my family are broken because queens hospital took our little princess away!! My 2 year son has lost his lil sister!! And queens hospital need to make their services better so this don't happen again and take people on that know what they are doing!! From the triage from the delivery rooms!! If you ain't got a nuff beds then yous should not take people in your care youse should worry about the lil babies you got in your care!! And make sure they are healthy a nuff to go home. JUSTICE FOR LILLY.  

alice defreitas
658 supporters
Petitioning Department of Health, Total Health Care

Snail Fever, Relieve it Forever!

Schistosomiasis a chronic and acute disease which is commonly known as snail fever. One of the common causes of this disease include larva or parasites being released by fresh water snails that penetrate in the skin of humans. This can occur in contaminated waters where snails are of great population. Although, Schistosomiasis is a chronic illness it could not possibly kill you immediately but it can bring about serious complications that can damage internal organs. This damage is mainly due to the egg migration of the parasites in the body. Furthermore, other causes that could lead to Schistosomiasis include hygiene related concerns. In the Philippines, 2,222 Filipinos are get infected coming from 189 municipalities and 28 provinces around the country. Snail fever may sound like a silly name for such a severe illness but this must not stop us from preventing it as much as we can. There is an increase hospital visits occurring that is related with the disease, Schistosomiasis. Person can be infected if they come in contact with contaminated water such as in rivers, lakes and the like. This disease can destroy person’s liver, bladder and other parts of the body. The parasite will release larvae and emerge from snail that goes inside the skin and grow into adult worms that lives in the blood. Person’s urine and poo can take away the parasites inside their body. However, these worms will never stop laying eggs until the infected person get treated. Since Schistosomiasis is common in tropical areas, especially in poor communities without access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Schistosomiasis can be prevented through following some simple precautionary measures. 1.       Avoid swimming or wading in freshwater when you are in countries in which schistosomiasis occurs. Swimming in the ocean and in chlorinated swimming pools is safe.  2.       Drink safe water. Although schistosomiasis is not transmitted by swallowing contaminated water, if your mouth or lips come in contact with water containing the parasites, you could become infected. Bring your water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute will kill any harmful parasites, bacteria, or viruses present. Iodine treatment alone WILL NOT GUARANTEE that water is safe and free of all parasites.  3.       Water used for bathing should be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute to kill any cercariae, and then cooled before bathing to avoid scalding. Water held in a storage tank for at least 1 - 2 days should be safe for bathing.  4.       Vigorous towel drying after an accidental, very brief water exposure may help to prevent the Schistosoma parasite from penetrating the skin. However, do not rely on vigorous towel drying alone to prevent schistosomiasis.

zyluz dellosa
214 supporters
Petitioning asbestos, Government of Manitoba, Total Health Care, health and safety, Brian Bowman, Manitobains , UNIFOR

Let's get the asbestos off and out of the Air Handlers in the University of Manitoba.

As the wife of an employee of the University of Manitoba (16 plus yrs), who has access to the very heart and lungs of our buildings on campus, I witness things that just need to be changed. No one sees the large machines handling the breathing air on campus and the fact that they are covered with asbestos insulation. Some of which is 50 plus years old and is in bad repair.   My petition is to have all asbestos containing materials taken out of the Air Handler rooms.  To ensure safe air for all Students, Workers or members of the public. 

Carol Shaw
150 supporters
Petitioning Department of Health, Department of Education, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Total Health Care, United Healthcare

Giana's Monster Under Pressure: Battling Anorexia, Let's fight Anorexia Bullies!

         Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of all forms of mental illness, with rates of between 10% and 15%. This is more than just a blog, this is a movement to spread awareness and share words and actions to stop the self-destructing disorder killing every women victim’s ego and self-trust, Anorexia Nervosa.              It is one of the most catastrophic monsters that could lead to death. It is when despite of many foods in front you, you refuse to eat it; even you are starving to death, you are always in denial; despite of different requirements you need to accomplish, you have difficulty in concentrating; despite of the time-by-time skinny risk rate of your body, you are still conscious of your body size and shape. Is it every teenager or woman's right to experience these things?                   Nowadays, thinspiration has been a trend among teenage girls. But first, what is thinspiration? It is a term that refers to photos of tremendously skinny girls flaunting their collarbones, ribs, thigh gaps and flat stomach on social media.               Due to the domination of social media to teenagers, it has set the standards of the “ideal body”. As a result, it gives most teenagers insecurities about their body. Because of them being too focused on having the so-called “ideal body”, they are being blinded from the fatal consequences of this.                Since most Filipinos are unfamiliar with Anorexia, it is evidently noticeable that there is a need to raise about this matter. In this petition, we will be providing details about the current statistics of anorexia among teenage girls and how it affects the mental, physical and emotional health of an anorexic.                  Giana is one of the teenagers who was victimized of anorexia. Her journey in battling anorexia is an undeniable challenging one. She wants to be the best flyer in the  PEP squad that's why she decided to be extremely determined in a wrong way. Even though an anorexia victim got recovered, it is not yet an opportunity to tease or bully them regarding the monster they experienced previously because it could be a catastrophic movement not just to their emotional being, but also to their whole self. Whenever you have someone you knew on which you are suspecting of having anorexia, kindly find a fast way to solve that problem! Let's fight anorexia! Let Giana be every one's inspiration especially the teens! Let's fight anorexia bullies! Here are her answers during an interview: 1.      What is your name? -Giana Comia 2.      Give a little background about yourself. - I used to study in School of Saint Anthony from Prep to Grade 10 and then I transferred to Miriam College High School this school year. I was part of the SSA Pep Squad from Grades 7 to 9. I was the co-captain of SSA Pep Squad when I was in Grade 8 then I became the captain when I was in Grade 9. I decided to quit the team because of my eating disorder which broke me down and affected everything.  3.      What was your diagnosis? - Anorexia and Bulimia 4.      When and where were you diagnosed? - I was diagnosed last June 2014 in Fairview General Hospital  5.      When did your eating disorder started? What caused your eating disorder? - My eating disorder started January 2014. I wanted to lose weight really bad since my team mates and coaches noticed that I gained weight from the holiday season. I was a flyer and our competition is on February so I had no choice but to starve myself and did some excessive exercises after my training.  6.      What are the factors that aggravated your condition? - The pressure of wanting to be a top flyer and prove everyone that I can be the best among all the flyers.  7.      What are the physical effects to you? - I had pale lips and skin, my nails were brittle and blue, hair was falling out, eye bags were getting deeper and darker due to lack of sleep, extremely dry skin, bones were peeking out. 8.      What are the emotional effects to you? - . I get angry easily, I avoided everyone because they would make me eat, stopped going to school since people were judging me, I counted calories instead of solving for Math because numbers triggers me, I couldn't sleep properly due to hunger pangs.  9.      How is your relationship with your family affected? - I was always shouting at them for making me eat food and it reached to the point where I didn't go to church anymore because I wanted to exercise at home.  10.  How are your relationships with other people affected? - My friends and team mates noticed I'm not Jolly anymore. Every time they would invite me to eat outside, I had to find a good excuse for them to think that I'm not avoiding food.  11.  What / who convinced you to seek for medical help? - When my coach and team mates decided to remove me as a team captain that's when I realized that I should seek professional help to recover from my eating disorder.  12.  During your recovery, are there times when you wanted to relapse? Why? - Yes, because people were noticing that my weight was fluctuating that made me triggered and wanted to starve again.  13.  What did you do to avoid regression from recovery? - I didn't mind what other people noticed about the changes on my body. I just kept going and believed in myself.  14.  What motivated you to continue moving forward towards recovery? - God was my motivation. He helped me get through my eating disorder which I almost died from it and because I was faithful to him, he didn't let go of me. 15.  What do you think are some ways to prevent the increasing rate of eating disorders? - Body images of girls/boys who are extremely skinny shouldn't be posted anywhere. This is the number one cause of having an eating disorder which can be prevented by posting athletic or healthy looking people on the internet, magazine, newspaper, and television.  16.  Message for teenage girls who are currently battling with eating disorders - . I would like to tell you that you're beautiful. Being skinny will not make you happy, it makes you depressed and develop issues with family, friends, and school. Skinny will never be defined as beauty. You are beautiful because you are what you are, it means, you just have to embrace your features because God created us to love ourselves and not destroy it             If you would like to see other informations about the deadly anorexia, visit this site.             To raise awareness about Anorexia Nervosa, we invite you to join our petition to spread information about this eating disorder.                                

ourfight forliving
60 supporters
Petitioning Total Health Care

The largest MDL lawsuit ever is filed for mesh and the damages done.

I have cost the taxpayers thousands and thousands because doctors don't know that implanting mesh can cause pain, erosion, actually, in my case I have it in four places; have had extreme pain for five years but, mesh isn't publicized; doctors don't know how to look for it and now, an active, happy, healthy, wife of retired General Officer who served alongside him, is dependent on him because the fDA, Greed, doctors not willing to take me on.  Why is the larger MDL ever being filed in the courts?  MESH!  Thank god for those who went before me; did the research so that I have avenues to go but, getting there is a nightmare - I've given up a life and my grandchildren want me back!

Sandra Aadland
59 supporters
My mom has terminal cancer, don't turn your back on her

Dear Mr. Oberg: We would first like to share that our thoughts and prayers are with your mother and her family during this difficult time. The unfortunate circumstances under which you were informed that services were denied are unclear, as they did not originate from Total Health Care. As stated in recent discussions with you, we want to emphasize that Total Health Care has NOT DENIED OR DELAYED TREATMENT for your mother. Because this is a public venue, we are not able to discuss specifics regarding your mother’s care, as this would violate her privacy rights. We have spoken with providers involved in her care who confirm that they have no record of denied or delayed care for your mother by Total Health Care. Our process for issuing denials is to send written notification to the member and provider involved, along with a reason for the denial and their appeal rights. This notice was not sent because care was not denied. We want to assure you that the care of our members is our top priority. To that end, we would like to offer a nurse care navigator to assist you with coordinating care for your mother. At Total Health Care, we make every effort to coordinate and facilitate the best care available with our talented network of providers. We have been a long-standing Managed Care Organization in the community, one of the oldest in metro-Detroit. Our goal is to continue to deliver on our promise of being “Totally There” for our members. All the best, Total Health Care

3 years ago