Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This Is How It Will End For Many

I hope people realize this is a fight against evil. There are angles of mercy fighting against demons of hatred. Why did this woman have to die leaving three children behind? Just so some hate filled politicians can stick it to the President? Because the Koch brothers and their sort have paid for the privileged to exert their will  over peoples lives? People are suffering and dying at their hands. When the time comes for God's judgement, he will not look favorably on them, he will show them the same mercy they have shown others, they will not be able to bare the weight of His judgement, they will be thoroughly exposed in the sight of mankind for the people they really are.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Medical Update

I saw the doctor on Friday and we both agreed to schedule surgery for the end of September, beginning of October. A few of the tumors have grown slightly, the one that's over a foot long, that goes from my left to right side is causing discomfort. The trick will be not to let it go for to long in the chance that it becomes cancerous and I don't want to be as sick as I was last time. I'll know if I need to go in sooner, I've learned to listen to what my body is telling me.
I have a few things to do to get my house in order before surgery and I need one more selling season so my son has the money he needs to pay the bills while I'm in the hospital and while recovering. The hospital stay will be two weeks and recovery time is six to eight weeks. To be honest, I don't want to miss summer! After the long and brutal winter we have had, I want to thoroughly enjoy the warmth of summer when it arrives. Here's hoping and praying I can hold out that long!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Next Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Set: November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015

HIRSP Breaking News:
The Feds announced this afternoon that about 21,000 individuals enrolled in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which was set to expire March 31, now have until April 15 to enroll in new coverage that starts May 1. In Wisconsin, this impacts HIRSP Federal Plan enrollees. The administration said it wanted to avoid any possible lapse in coverage for these patients, which includes many people receiving treatment for diseases such as cancer and diabetes. This marks the third extension of the Affordable Care Act’s high–risk pool program, which was originally set to close at the end of 2013.

BadgerCare Plus Breaking News:
It was reported by the AP, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services is reporting that anyone losing BadgerCare Plus or HIRSP has until March 31 to sign up for Marketplace coverage to be eligible for April 1 coverage with no gap. (The Marketplace generally requires folks to enroll by March 15 for April 1 coverage.) DHS spokesperson Claire Smith is quoted as saying that as long as someone losing BadgerCare Plus or HIRSP enrolls and pays a premium by March 31, they will be eligible for coverage beginning April 1. We are waiting on confirmation from the Department on this news, and on how it is being communicated to members.

Video Case Tip: Exemptions in the Marketplace - Affordability
What if you simply can't afford the insurance you see in the Marketplace? In this Video Case Tip, ABC for Health's Brynne McBride looks at the Affordability Exemption requirements to see who may be able to prevent a penalty from being assessed. Keep some of the links and resources handy when working with Wisconsin families!

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Headlines: Featured Links in this Week's Update

HHS will let sickest patients stay on their health plans longer, Washington Post, March 14, 2014


Obamacare's Year of Delayed Deadlines,, March 13, 2014

Where Each City's Uninsured Live, The Atlantic, March 14, 2014

Health Mandate Won't Be Delayed, Sebelius Says, NY Times, March 13, 2014

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Medical Update

This winter has been rough on many fronts. I have been experiencing intestinal issues that I don't like, such as incredible waves of nausea and intestinal rumblings. I had a CT scan a few weeks ago and there are two tumors that have increased slightly in size and I know exactly which ones they are, the one on the top left that sometimes gets jammed up under my ribcage and the other is on my lower left side, otherwise, everything flows properly in between. The first time, one of the things I noticed was a gradual weight lose and then the tumors started to grow again, it's happened again, this is something I'll mention to my doctor. It might have something to due with the fact that at some point during the evolution of this disease you can't eat much, I nibble during the day instead of eating three meals.
I hope to hold surgery at bay until fall or winter if possible. In the meantime I'm getting everything ready so my children will be able to manage the household while I'm in the hospital. While I'm not looking forward to the inevitable, I do look forward to getting the hernia fixed and having the tumors removed, to be honest I have been lugging them around for 4 1/2 years and it will be a relief to have them gone!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Moving Forward in My Quest For Self Sufficiency

Since about mid October when the Market season ended, I started working on a website , I figured it was a good thing to do especially for the times I don't feel well, making it difficult to get to the market and especially during the winter months when I don't have craft shows to attend. Well, I am happy to announce, it's live! We launched it yesterday and I am proud to say I did it almost all by myself. My son helped with importing and syncing the music to the neck warmer tutorial, he has a way of finessing technology, he did a great job!

The website: all of the categories I sell at the Market. I used Wix because I could take my time to build it then upgrade to launch. It took two and a half months to build because I had craft shows to do until December. I didn't want to waste time taking pictures of items that might have sold at the shows. I still have a few sections to fill in which I will do soon since we have been trapped inside this winter do due horribly cold and blustery weather thankfully it provides the opportunity to get this done.
 Speaking of which...I better get to work!

Monday, December 30, 2013

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HealthWatch WatchDog Season 6, Episode 9: “A Year in Review
The health coverage landscape changed dramatically in 2013. In a year of reform, Wisconsin took a different path than most states. Bobby and Brynne look back at the tumultuous 2013 and make predictions for 2014.
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