When I was 31 years-old, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was fortunate to be able to receive treatment -- and have been in remission for decades -- but I was told that I would remain uninsurable for the rest of my life. Even though I had conquered my cancer, I now had a pre-existing condition.
I thought I had fought my battle and won, but I soon realized that surviving my disease was only the first of many struggles. I faced lapses in coverage for years. I remember having a severe reaction to a medication and, without health insurance, had nowhere to turn. I survived only because of the generosity of a local doctor who treated me at no charge. Without his act of kindness, I would not be here today.
Nobody should have to rely on random acts of kindness to receive life-saving health care. Those of us with pre-existing conditions are the people who need access to quality health care the most, yet we are the ones who all too often are shut out of the system and left to fend for ourselves.
That is why I am so grateful for the Affordable Care Act. I have lived every day happier and healthier knowing that people like me can no longer be rejected by health insurance companies.
I'm sharing my story with you today in the hope that it will inspire you to get involved to help save the Affordable Care Act, and to remind you of how vital it is for millions of Americans like me. Will you stand with me in fighting -- literally, for my life -- to save the Affordable Care Act and protect millions of American's access to affordable health care?
Thank you so much,
Pacific Grove, CA