A very different Post!


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A Dog's Life? (Stories of me and him)

This is a very different Post from my usual literary meanderings, as it focuses on my daughter Melanie.

She was diagnosed with a brain tumor 10 years ago and, as it was not possible to surgically remove all of it, she has had considerable chemo and radiation treatments.  Sadly, while those treatments have no doubt kept her alive, there are numerous long term side effects which dictate that she cannot perform regular work functions, and is therefore dependent on benefits from her disability provider.

When she is up to it, she uses her time volunteering for a non-profit program that coaches people who are fighting poverty.

Melanie has always been a fighter but, being unable to earn an income, she is struggling to cover her basic living costs.  When I was in N. Vancouver last October, he spirits were quite high, but she was obviously concerned about paying her monthly…

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5 thoughts on “A very different Post!

    1. Yes it is good but it’s a sign that we can no longer depend upon our governments no matter where we live to provide health care or even the basic necessities of life. My brother Stephen has Autism and the Gov. of New York refused to add a COLA raise for the Direct Service Providers. That means the workers who provide care for my brother and other developmentally disabled people make less money than folks working for McDonalds or Walmart. The workers are leaving for better jobs and soon my brother and others will have nobody to help them with daily living. I cannot afford to care for my brother. So much of my salary goes to buy him clothing and other items. I suppose next I’ll have to pay a health aide to care for him and I’m barely making ends meet.

    1. I cannot replace the government. I’m already working 16 hour double shifts of overtime. Losing sleep, not looking after my own health. Eventually all my hard work will do me in unless the American Government steps in to take care of those who cannot care for themselves. I am not Wonder Woman and I’ve already had one stroke. If I keep it up I’ll be 6 feet under by November.

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