Jun 02, 2008 - 4:11 pm
Yesterday I learned that a dear high school friend had been diagnosed with uterine and ovarian cancer. I'm very worried about her. One of the most troubling things I learned was that the hospital did not provide any resources to her when she was discharged. No support groups were suggested and when she told one of her doctor's she might be getting a little depressed, the doctor said, "don't you dare." The message seemed to be "buck up and deal with it--depression will just make things worse for you." She is also having insurance issues--they have gone back and forth a few times about whether they'll cover $20,000 of bills or not. She needs professional mental health care, but again insurance is a significant concern. Anyway, I told her that I was going to find some advocates and some resources for her. I found this website, this messaging thing and now I'm asking for your help---how can we get started? She's withdrawing and doesn't want to go anywhere for help--I'd like to get something in place where she can get support online or by phone--she doesn't want to leave the house. Her job is also in jeopardy. I'm so worried--please help.