Tuesday, January 25, 2005

On my soapbox ...

Before we get into the meat of this post, let me take a minute to discuss the topic of forwarding e-mails. The sad truth of the internet is that most of the forwarded messages we receive are either partially inaccurate or 100% false.

I know we all want to believe that if we forward some message to ten of our closest friends that we'll receive an Outback Steakhouse coupon ... or $1,000 from Bill Gates ... or that some little girl will receive a free kidney dialysis session. But that simply is not true.

But how can you tell if an e-mail message is true? Pretty simple, actually ... just visit Truth or Fiction and do five minutes of research. You want examples?

E-mails you may have seen that are not true ...

Avoid "Ultra" Clorox Bleach - FICTION

Tampons Contain Asbestos and Rayon - FICTION

HIV Needles Found in Soda Machines - FICTION

To be fair though, there are E-mails being forwarded that are true ...

The Simple Stroke Test - TRUTH

One Glass of Milk Paid an Entire Medical Bill - TRUTH

High Mark-Ups On Generic Drugs - TRUTH

So, now that we understand that not all forwarded e-mails are created equal ... I received an e-mail recently ... and (after doing some research) I found out it's real and I think it's a very a good cause.

Lifetime Television is working with Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) in an effort to bring attention to "drive-through" mastectomies — the practice in which women are forced out of the hospital sometimes only hours after breast cancer surgery.

While both the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association believe that most patients require a longer hospital stay, "drive-through" mastectomies have become an unwelcome reality for women who are battling breast cancer. Against the advice of their doctors, thousands of women must leave the hospital while still in pain, groggy with anesthesia and with drainage tubes still in place.

The new bipartisian legislation would require insurance companies to cover a 48-hour minimum stay for mastectomy patients and a 24-hour stay for a woman undergoing a lymph node dissection. This legislation ensures that a doctor and a patient will make a decision together about staying at a hospital after a mastectomy.

So, if you think that women require more than one night at a hospital after undergoing a mastectomy, here's your chance to make your voice heard. With the strength of these petition numbers behind us, we can get this legislation passed. Simply visit the Lifetime Breast Cancer Petition.

Even though we may be disappointed that we'll never get that check from Bill Gates from forwarding an e-mail ... or a Taco Bell Coupon ... or a free Outback dinner ... (trust me folks, it ain't happening) ... the Breast Cancer legislation petition is real and is important. Just click on the link above to read more information. Cause after all ... knowledge is power, right?

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