I Could Die Before My Child Is an Adult

Jacqueline Johnson
United States

At the age of 23 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Follicular Lymphoma, and incurable blood cancer. I have been in remission for 9 years now. I was told I would probably get 8 years in remission. Although I do not have cancer right now, my blood work has come back abnormal for the first time in 9 years. I'm not sure if this is considered a pre-existing condition but the thought of possibly not being able to get treatment if I need it terrifies me. Not only for me but for my 7-year-old son.

He went blind last year from a brain tumor. He will need continued surgeries, follow ups, and treatments. Right now his prognosis is great. He is fully participating in life even though he has had these obstacles. He can still go to college and become a contributing member of our society.

If my son and I lost our medical insurance, or if any conditions were considered "pre-existing" and not covered by insurance I would mostly not be able to afford treatment and could die before my child is an adult, leaving a disabled minor without a mother. We are the minority here and we are deserving of insurance, treatment, and a future.

I do NOT support this Bill.