It is moments like this that I wish I had not successfully shut down my well read blog, b/c now I have to pass this on here in the hopes that someone out there is listening, instead of confident that they are. If you read this please spread the information as widely as possible.
A woman named Mina has been on a hunger strike for several days in protest of the treatment she has been receiving from her HMO. She says that the nurses, who are contracted from outside, have not been following the doctor’s orders resulting in unnecessary pain, discomfort, and potential health problems. As a result of her complaints, she says the treatment she received has worsened not gotten better.
In response to increased poor treatment , Mina went on a hunger strike to advocate for herself. She trusted that the newspapers that once praised her as an example of a successful woman with ALS would represent her strength once again. But apparently, the local paper took a different tack: they said Mina wants to die and not eating is her exercise of her right to life/death.
Please help before their version of the story comes true. You can:
- Spread the word about Mina’s case by writing a post
- Write the paper and ask them to better investigate the accusations of poor treatment by Mina’s care providers
- Educate yourself and others on the poor care that differently-abled people receive in the U.S. and Canada
- volunteer as an advocate for differently-abled people’s rights
You can read the whole story here