I think one of the major issues is financial support for cancer patients. I was downsized about six months before I was diagnosed with stage 3 bladder cancer. Thankfully I was on EI at the time and was able to switch it to EI disability for the last 15 weeks of the claim. The claim ended in mid June. I have only just finished my chemo sessions and am in the healing part of the process. I have not had a dime of income since mid June and my wife's income does not cover our expenses. We are in a position that if I don't find work in the next month we will have to start selling off our assets to survive, that includes our home, etc. I have worked all my life and paid my taxes and I think it is appalling that when someone is in the worse position of their life, they have the added grief of watching everything they have worked their entire life for, slowly fade away. It is so wrong. If I were a refugee - covered. If I was on social assistance -covered. If I were dying - covered. But I am going to survive and the prize - loose everything I have worked for. I know there are a lot of people in the same boat, many if far worse situations - this has to be addressed.
Hi livingwithbladdercancer, I couldn't agree more with you. Thank you for sharing a bit about your experience with us. I would love to see all of these things that you have mentioned not only be campaigned...but be brought to reality for the thousands of Canadians going through one of the most difficult times in their lives.
No matter what our working and health situation, everybody deserves a "Guaranteed Livable Income" (GLI). A form of GLI is being considered by the Alberta NDP Finance Minister. Breast cancer survivor CBCs Wendy Mesley made a free online documentary about her experience - and an end to all cancer. That, and BC Cancer Agency's Dr. John Spinelli, have raised an election issue that when implemented by Health Canada, will prevent most causes of cancer. See Dr. Spinelli interviewed in the Living Downstreamtrailer. BC Cancer Agency libraries have the documentary for borrowing. Or this public library link might provide it free online.
For an Ottawa committed to preventing cancer,