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Petition to Jim Reiter, Brett Boha, Greg Ottenbreit, Terry Dennis, Max Hendricks

Approve medical costs to save my husband

Ive decided to start this petition in the hopes that it will encourage change in our "broken health care system" and possibly save my husbands life.  Here's our story in a nutshell:My husband, Rod Gardner is gravely ill. He's been doctoring since Dec....and it seems no Doctor that hes seen to date can figure out what's going on with him. He was a healthy, active 46 year old man that has withered away to a shell of a man I once knew. He can no longer work; or enjoy any activitues. His life now consists of sitting in a recliner waiting in trips to Saskatoon to see one specialist after another. He is 6'2 and has lost 40lbs unintentionally. He suffers from pain so severe he can hardly care for himself. He now weighs 169 lbs...loosing almost 6 lbs in 2 weeks. We are at the end of our rope. We went to Saskatoon in the hopes to get answers. We drove 4 hours and waited 8 hours in the University Hospital for a Doctor, only to return home with the news that it's all in his head. Two days later, we received a phone call from that same doctor stating some his bloodwork showed some abnormality. What happened to it "being in his head"? She ordered a ct scan of his head; chest and abdomen; made a referral to a urologist and endocrinologist.   The results of these ct scans provided more questions than answers. The radiologist in Yorkton says the c.t of his brain; chest and abdomen have no abnormality...however...once he was referred to a urologist (which took 17 days); he stated he picked up on something. So..which one is it? This makes us question the radiologists "normal" assessment of his chest and brain as well. Our family Dr sides with the radiologist.. .which leads me to believe everybody is too concerned with covering their asses than finding out what's wrong with my husband. As far as the endocronologist; he FINALLY got an "appointment" mid September. Now, we all know that an appointment doesn't necessarily mean a diagnosis. More likely than not it just means more tests. Tests that take weeks to get booked for.   Rod is loosing extreme amounts of weight and is in severe abdominal pain and being told he will have to wait up to 6 weeks for certain tests. My fear is finding out..."oops..we dropped the ball" ...its too late  and there's nothing that can be done. Speaking of tests, he has had numerous tests beginning in May: 2 scopes; 4 cts; an ultrasound and bloodwork 2-3 times per week. Each time we see a new Doctor; new tests are ordered; all of which takes time. Time that i dont think he has. His latest appointment with his family Doctor last week ended with yet another referral to a specialist as some of his tests that were done 3 weeks ago are abnormal. Good news; something showed up right? Wrong!! 3 weeks ago he was told everything came back fine. Say what?? According to a urologist that he was referred to in Saskatoon; he needs a scope and biopsy of his kidneys, as well as a bladder cancer test. it right?? Wrong...there is a 4-6week wait time for these tests.After hours and hours of research, it has been decided that we can't wait any longer on a diagnosis. Rods symptoms are increasing each day. He has applied and been accepted as a patient at the mayo clinic in Rochester. Upon speaking with the international representative; the mayo clinic doctors all work together under one roof. No wait times and in fact; we should have a diagnosis and treatment plan in 8-10 business days. That's a far cry from the health care he is getting in saskatchewan. As u know; this will be very costly; but how do u put a price tag on life?? We are far from "rich" people but we will do what we have to do to keep Rod in our lives. I do think that some of these costs should be covered by our government; as the wait times to see the doctors that need to be consulted are extreme. Our health care system is broken. If i hear "Canadians get free health care" one more time I think I'm going to loose it. It's not free...we pay taxes to get health care. Health care that you MIGHT live long enough to receive.I have spoke with Greg Ottenbreit who encouraged me to call Quality care in Saskatoon. Call made; and was "documented". I was then encouraged to call the Provincial Claim Representative Office to inquire about out of country health coverage. I was told he needs a Doctor to recommend he seek treatment in the USA; and this NEEDS to be done BEFORE seeking treatment the USA or it won't even be considered. Of course this all takes time. Not only that but what Doctor is going to admit that canada cannot provide sufficient treatment and recommend treatment in another country? Talk about slapping the hand that feeds you...NOT going to happen. This feels like an impossible task; however when you are fighting to save a loved one you do what you have to do. This is where you all come in! Please sign this petition to have some of rods treatment in the USA covered by the goverment. I plan to present this to our minister of health in the hopes that my voice is heard and we can get rod "back".  I am not quitting there though. I plan to keep pushing for change for our broken health care system. The more people i talk to, the more "horror" stories i hear. I have began my "media" journey. I have contacted numerous newspapers; CTV; CBC and tell Rods story to anybody that will listen. Anybody that knows me knows when I feel pushed in a corner; I will fight back. I think people need to head about our "free" health care and raise their voices. I know I am in the hopes that I can try to get my husband back and hopefully encourage some changes. Thank you for reading rods story. Wonder what you can do to help?? Please please please sign the petition. Better yet, contact the health ministers office @ 306-787-2718. Tell him Keri Gardner asked you to call to voice your concerns about our current FREE health care system. Thanks all �  

Keri Gardner
11,435 supporters
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Petition to The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Prof Dame Sally Davies, Dr Duncan Selbie

Provide tests for Group B Strep to prevent any more avoidable deaths of newborn babies

My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili’s first birthday last month. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just 9 precious days to spend with our beautiful son. Edward was cruelly taken from us as a result of contracting group B Strep infection at birth. On average, one newborn baby a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities - physical, mental or both.  It is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months. Group B Strep is a normal bacterium carried by around 1/4 women, without symptoms and usually unknowingly. It can be passed from mother to baby around birth with potentially devastating consequences for the baby. But these consequences are usually preventable and that’s why I’ve started this petition with the charity Group B Strep Support. Unlike many other developed countries including Germany and Spain, the UK does not routinely offer tests to pregnant women specifically to check for Group B Strep carriage during late pregnancy. If doctors know a mum is carrying GBS, they can administer simple antibiotics during labour to prevent the infection - over 80% of these infections could be prevented. However the GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test is rarely available through the NHS.  Since 2003, the UK has used ‘risk factors’ to guess which pregnant women might be at risk. Risk factors are poor at predicting which babies will develop the infection -- the number of babies infected is growing, we need to stop guessing and start testing. The ECM test costs the NHS £11 each and the antibiotics used in labour (usually penicillin) cost the NHS pennies. Had we had ECM tests in place, Edward Gili could be here today for us to see his first steps and hear his first words. We can’t afford to lose any more lives, we can’t afford not to do this.

Fiona Paddon
310,831 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Donald Trump


I have a story to tell you about our very own superhero, Kasabian Newton-Smith & his extraordinary family. I actually know this family and of course Kasabian personally and can easily class them as friends.I met Kay (Kas's Mum) 9 yrs ago, when by chance she walked into my hair salon, instantly I saw that she was a friendly, happy, honest, & genuine person and we clicked straight away. I also classed her as a friend straight away! Kasabian wasn't born then but not long after he made a appearance. Even though Kay and I don't txt or speak everyday, nothing changes when we do actually get time! Kay is such a beautiful person, so kind hearted and never judges, she's always there for others, and always sees the best in people.When Kasabian was first diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma when he was 2 years old, he was only given two weeks to live then! So, To save their child the Newton-Smith family and friends rallied round, to raise funds to pay for his treatment in America. I was asked if I would help out and it was a honour to do the first ever head shave on Kay herself in 2009. Kasabian has relentlessly battled his cancers for 7 years, had more chemotherapy sessions & radiotherapy sessions that a grown adult can cope with, and In total Kas had more than 900 procedures in the 7yrs of his battle. He lost his hair three times through the treatment & he's been in remission twice,  Even through all of that Kasabian was just like his mum - So very Kind Hearted, Selfless and Very resilient! He set himself goals by raising money for other charities, and once he'd sets himself a target, you can bet you're life that he'll smash it!  In 2015 sadly more cancers had invaded his body - simply just way too many,  and he had received all the treatment that was/had been available, which ment that treatment options were nil.He was then heartbreakingly deemed as terminal - Devastating! But the fearless youngster decided to kick start the fundraising campaign for PACT charity and did himself a 5k walk in Hillsborough Park June 2015, raising a staggering amount! I was proudly at Kasabian's walk in Hillsborough Park last year, I also arranged a suprise "minion" & "Buzz Lightyear" to walk alongside! And I was really privileged but very saddened to help at the most recent fundraiser at the Wadsley bridge club shaving more heads Nov 2016 .(Actually raising funds for Kasabians funeral)  Even though I only class myself as the local hairdresser I used to make regular out of hours trips to Kays to cut Kas's hair, as he knew that I wouldn't hurt him due to his scar on his head, which was a Complete Honour! I love the Newton-Smith family so much, I've been so fortunate and lucky enough to meet and know such a amazing phenomenon of a young man and family! But Unfortunately witnessed his life in full circle. I will never ever meet anyone like Kasabian in my lifetime again! Simply because - There is only ONE of Kas! Sadly Kasabian Newton-Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday 10th December 2016. It was his 9th Birthday on Thursday 15th December - his first Angel Birthday. A entire community are mourning the passing of a very brave & amazing little boy. 'KEEP SMILING YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR INSPIRING '- Kas - Warrior/Legend  End the bigotry and educate. We don't need to find a cure for cancer, we need to legalise it. #KASABIANSLAW #WARRIOR #LEGEND #1lastsmile4kasabian  What if I told you there were MULTIPLE CURES for CANCER  but are suppressed because cancer is worth over £200 BILLION a year ... we don't need to find a cure for cancer, we need to legalise it! Cannabis HAS BEEN PROVEN to have many more benifits to 'OUR' HEALTH, INDUSTRY AND ECONOMY! "KEEP SMILING YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR INSPIRING" - Kasabian Newton-Smith / Warrior & Legend  #KASABIANSLAW #REVOLUTION 

Lisa Middleton
838 supporters