So…..one of my good friends asked me to give a speech on behalf of her free health clinic…….here is what I have to say. Let me know what you think, and if by some chance you’d be interested in donating to Healthwagon of southwest Virginia then by all means do !!!
A chief contributor to the Health Wagon, Commonwealth Catholic Charities. Paula and Teresa’s show above with the Bishop of the Diocese of Richmond Va
Now, for my speech:
When David first contacted me to ask if I would consider addressing you all for a few minutes this evening, my first thought was A FEW MINUTES!! That’s an awfully long time!!! Since then though, it has come to mind that a few minutes is not nearly long enough.
Many of you here tonight do not know me at all, so I will introduce myself. My name is ———– , my husband ———– and I live in ——– with my two children ——-&——–. Many of you know my husband and I am sure most all of you know his mother ———— executive director of the local chamber of commerce.
For 22 years my husband was a manager for Verizon, in 2009 he retired and began a second career in law enforcement. In April of this year he surprised me by changing departments and taking a position with the ——– County Sheriffs Office. After accepting the position as deputy sheriff, we were told we would not have health insurance for the first 30 days of his employment there. 30 days, that doesn’t seem like a terribly long time in the grand scheme of life does it?
Imagine to how to my horror, on the DAY AFTER our health insurance ended from the previous employer, our daughter fell while skate boarding and injured her wrist. Not even 12 hours after our insurance was dropped, I faced an emergency not with my own health, but with my child’s health. Fortunately for me, I knew Paula and Teresa, I knew about the Healthwagon and I knew they could and would help me. Fortunately my daughters injury was not severe enough to warrant having to see a pediatric orthopedist. Certainly Paula and Teresa became my personal heroes that day, saving me hundreds of dollars. With this behind us, after a few days things went back to the normal stride of life….until 5 days later when I received a phone call reminding me I had an appointment with a neurologist, an appointment I had been waiting three months for. Now here I stood, facing another medical dilemma with no health insurance.
At the time of that phone call, I had been having episodes of some fairly extreme neurological symptoms which later were diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia. If I rescheduled I would have to wait 3 months again….I was faced with a decision, could I endure 3 months of these episodes of bone crushing facial pain knowing that they could be a symptom of something as serious as a brain tumor or MS? I had to decide right then and there
Just How Much Is My Health Worth?
Fortunately because I, unlike most others without health coverage, had the finances to pay out of pocket for that appointment, I was able to keep it. At the appointment however, the neuro decided that it was necessary that I have an MRI w and w out contrast, an MRA, and a blink reflex test to rule out a brain tumor and MS. At that point, facing thousands of dollars worth of medical testing, once again I had to decide….
JUST HOW MUCH IS MY HEALTH WORTH?
I explained to the neurologist that I would not have health insurance for 24 more days and I asked him just how urgent it was that I have these tests completed? Could they wait? Fortunately he felt they could wait, even in a worst case scenario of a brain tumor, 24 days wasn’t really going to affect anything. Had it been longer, 60-90 days however, he would had felt differently. So, for 24 days I waited…wondering DO I HAVE A TUMOR IN MY BRAIN? Or MS?
24 days….doesn’t seem that long does it? Not when you’re rushing around doing life, but believe me when you’re waiting, wondering if you have a brain tumor…24 days is a LIFETIME 24 days wondering what life will be like once you have that answer, 24 says to wonder what would happen to your children, your husband…..your family. Fortunately for me, that worry was unnecessary as I did not have the tumor or ms. Fortunately for me I knew exactly when I would be able to get the healthcare I needed.
For untold numbers, right here in our own back yard….our neighbors, our friends, our families….they’re without health insurance, and without hope. There is no end in sight for them, No 24 day countdown, there’s nothing…..NOTHING except The Health Wagon. Nothing except Paula, Teresa, Dr.S, and their team.
The Healthwagon reaches out, and like a ray of sunshine beams into darkness, they reach into the depths of despair and they give hope, they give help, they give.
Paula, Teresa, Dr. S and their team, give from the abundance of their love for others and from their sincere desire to meet people where they are and bring to them the most basic necessity…..healthcare. They’re amply filling Sister Bernadette Kennedy’s vision to take healthcare to the people who otherwise wouldn’t have any…..people like me last May….and people unlike any
we have ever known. People living in the most destitute situations. Tey go showing no prejudice, no judgement, asking no questions…simply reaching out because they are able . They’re able because of you, because of your generosity. You have enabled them to go further and do more each time and for that I thank you .
Above my mother in law executive director of chamber of commerce is preparing for the HW RIBBON CUTTING at their new clinic.