My husband lost his job and went to work for himself. It was important to me that we could keep our same doctors. I signed us up for ACA. Fast forward to this past summer, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have a 5-year old and a 9-year-old. I was terrified and also so thankful to have insurance. I was very lucky that I was able to seek treatment at a top notch facility. I have been at an appointment every week and sometimes many a week for the past 6 months. Medical care is expensive. Cancer is expensive. I shudder to think what would be happening with me if I didn't have ACA. I was also able to have genetic testing done which allowed me to make informed decisions for my own care and to have some idea of what risks my daughter and my cousins faced. I'm part way through reconstruction and instead of worrying about getting better I'm worried and anxious that I need to speed up my timeline before the repeal. I'm also afraid of having a pre-existing condition and not being covered for future care related to my breast cancer diagnosis. Thanks to the ACA I will be a breast cancer survivor.
Jennifer Hedge, Seattle, WA