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Many Types of People

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hope everyone is doing well! I just got back from a bike ride in the sun.

I love seeing how many different types of people use SparkPeople. This was a great post from a military spouse:

When out spouses leave on deployment to fight for our country,
we need all the support we can get. Weight gain is an increasing issue amoung military spouses, due to emotional overeating, depression, etc.

Utilizing your website has provided not only a sense of community, but has also pulled a great deal of us out of our displacing and frustrating situations and into empathetic, supportive, and motivating atmosphere.

When our loved ones come home, they will be coming home to a healthier spouse. When they go away again, they will be comforted in knowing that we have such tremendous support, both in weight loss, as well as in dealing with the absence of our loved ones.

Thank you for everything, Chris. You and a true blessing.




  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KADILL4 10/18/2007 8:49PM

    Thanks Chris,
That is an inspiring comment from Angela.

All of us need support just cause the stresses of modern living seem so much more taxing and focusing on our own health can be difficult after so many years of neglect. Some times we aren't even aware of how bad our health is untill we lose the ability to do things for ourselves. I'm not even talking of how we look; maybe some of us don't look that bad but are in poor health regardless.

You don't know how frustrating it was to get sent to the 'please subscribe' page everytime you ask a question or try to find information on some other weight loss sites. Not all of us have the money for that. We have already wasted money on various weight loss products, thank you.

I just wanted to thank you for your generous gift of founding this website for all of us. All of us, people who just need to lose 10 pounds or less to people who need to lose much more, to people who just need a healthier lifestyle.


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SPARKGUY 9/30/2007 6:30PM

    Thanks Cindi - it's all of us working together as a community - this is way bigger than just me now :).

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JUST_BREATHE08 9/30/2007 6:28PM


What an AWESOME message from Angela. You are doing a WONDERFUL service to US ALL !!!

Thank You and Many Blessings,


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Message Board Post

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Here's one of my favorite message board posts in a while!

Title: Crying

Message: I was reading articles on SparkPeople about diet strategies. I
nodded my head in agreement at a few of the paragraphs.

Then my eyes just started to fill with tears.

I don''t know when it happened, but I became so proud of myself for
changing. I was eating a healthy lunch, enjoying every bite while I rested
after my new workout designed to get me out of this plateau I''m in.

And I just started crying. I''m still crying actually. I can only count on
one hand how many times I''ve been THIS proud of myself. I had no idea what
a moving experience this would be.

Tears are streaming down my face as I type.

And the best part? I didn''t lose a single ounce this past weigh-in. Nor
inches either.

But I didn''t give up. Oh my goodness I didn''t give up. I am stronger
that I thought and I am so proud of who I am becoming.

This is me. Raw and uninterrupted. Evolving and learning as I grow in

I had no idea. Fellow sparkers...I had no idea that focusing on myself
could be this powerful.

If I could, I would give this feeling to every person I know. Now I know
why our Spark Coaches do what they do - how could they not try to lead
others into this happiness? It doesn''t seem like it''s the sheer joy that
I want to spread...it''s the realistic method to deal with both the joy and
the pain that life throws at you.

I am in awe that a website could give so much to so many.


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ATHENAJANE 9/30/2007 3:56PM

    I love the article on your page. That feeling that I had when I got on the scale and saw the numbers. I really realized it was something that I did. It was all me. I was so proud. Yes I was crying too. No one really noticed. My clothes are loose. But the numbers do not lie. I now have goals, and my outlook on life is great. Without all this support, it could not happen Thanks.

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JERSIGYPCI 9/25/2007 1:26PM

    i added a recipe called russian stew and did not get any spark points, could you explain why not. i'm sure it was just an over site

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MARJO9 9/18/2007 9:37AM

    well here's an article that discribed how i feel Title: Crying
My daudgter Wanda has asked me to join sparkpeople
I've been on diets more than I can count
I've tryed different web sites but to get what we get on spark i would have to pay so discouraged by the fact that weight loss only belong to rich people I cryed myself to sleep and figured I would be fat 4-ever

My diabetes is too high and can't get it to be under control
I eat healthy food, but the weight stays on
The doctor gave me pills but it does not work
I bought the book by Kevin Trudeau *the weight loss cure*
supposed to be with naturel products
I was mad to find out once again that you need lots of money to fallow his miracal cure....and by the way not so naturel
and for my diabetes he suggest to take Elcotin
I don't even know what it is.....
Thanks SPARKGUY for your site has made a small difference so far ( I'm only on day 2) but by keeping track of the food I eat I just saw where my biggest problem was...
I have to go somewhere for a week but as soon as I get back I will jump on my PC and come to my sparkpage and fill in the missing days...I love you for making this available to poor people and I love my Daughter Wanda for getting me to join

For the first time in years I'm hopeful that this will work for me
because your page on keeping track of food does not just count the calories but breaks it down to see where they are from and that's a big help for me

Keep up the good work
salut from Marjolaine who's your # 1 fan
Here in Seven-Island Quebec, Canada

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JAELINE 9/10/2007 8:31PM

  i took care of my mother last year for quite a while she lay dying from lung problems, i think she just gave up, she was 81 and tired of suffering. her race ended jan.23, 2006. I let her go because it was her time and it was what she wanted it was a hard thing to go throughbut i didit. and when it was over , it left me what should i do with my life now.One the last thing i told my mom when she died that was alright for her to go because I 'd be along soon. I really was ready to go.Of course it wasan't my time so i couldn't. as a result i began to eat to stuff the pain. i realldy did'nt feel like doing anything. I just sit and stare at the wall.Then one I woke up and thought Ive got to do something about me Im a mess. I prayed about everything the mess iwas. my weight, the pain i was feeling and lonliness and then One day on my computer almost like a miracle there was spark pages, I never heard of it but i found i knew it my answer I joined and started right away, I think its so cool that you wanted to help people. God bless you for being my answer to prayer

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SCAMERON68 9/7/2007 1:55PM

    You should be proud of yourself you are helping so many people to accomplish things that they would have given up on but they keep at it because your site helps them heal as well as lose weight. Don't worry about the tears it is a very cleansing experience to have and cleans out the old junk to lighten the load.
You have taught many of us to evolve and learn as we grow in life and your ideas are award winning. If I had the money I would give you the gold. You are changing not only my life, but the life of my whole family 5 kids and my husband. Thank you for focusing on yourself and being willing to share so much of yourself with all of us sparkers. Believe it or not you are giving this feeling to everyone who gets on your site and changing them 1 life at a time which from what I have seen lately is a lot of people. It reminds me of the movie "PAY IT FORWARD" in which you have done so well and have helped others to continue to do the same for themselves as well as others.
Congradulation on sharing so much of yourself with so many people and making a huge impact on the lives of others through your selflessness. If only we could all be like you what a world this would be.

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FATBURNER5 9/2/2007 5:22AM

  Thanks for your being one of my friends. Your sparkle webiste is interesting and I enjoy being part of sparkle teams. I have been lots of interesting news from all of my friends and plenty of motivation. I enjoy reading all of my mail and I always looking forward to hearing from lots of different people with lots of different advice. Thanks for all of your help and let the staff know I really appreciate this website; it really has help me out in all sorts of ways. I will keep on losing weight and stay healthly and happy.

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SHARY333 8/30/2007 12:09PM

    Yes, Thank you for this site. I have never seen a site for health like this before. Congratulations on a Great Site!!! I did not find this myself. I was recommended by a friend and I am glad she did. We all have our ups and downs, but with this site we can vent our woes and encourage each other. Awesome. May God Bless you in all your endeavors!

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TRYAGAIN70 8/27/2007 10:35AM

  :You have a right to feel so good about what you have accomplished. How did you come up with the idea? What prompted you to pursue this project? Do you have any others?

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LEELIE 8/27/2007 8:11AM

    I don't know how I found this site but am really pleased that I did and the best thing besides it being free is all the motivation and help you receive from others. Thanks

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CAROLYNN74 8/26/2007 10:19PM

  Dear SG, Thank you for your website. You altruism amazes me. I am restarting after a fun summer. Your blog remotivated me. Thank you for the support and wisdom. I enjoyed the article about starting spark and of course, this blog. You reminded me to look at the changes and not the failures. Thanks again and appreciate the tears of joy and pride.

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MERISTY25 8/24/2007 10:13PM

    This blog moved me more than I can say. I can only hope to have such confidence and pride.

SP is wonderful - I really believe you have helped me turn my life around and get me moving in the right direction. I love the wonderful people and their support and would like to thank you for creating SP!

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4JEANNE 8/24/2007 7:25PM

    They say one person can make a difference. You have put it into practice. Thank you is so lame for what you are doing for so many people. Thank you is all that I have to give at this time and I will accomplish my goal and be a walking billboard for Sparkpeole.com. I greatly appreciate this website and intend to share it with a whole bunch more people.

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EDTRICIA 8/19/2007 4:48AM

    Thankyou so much for creating a magnificent website that is free to all and so helpful! There isn't a better website for weight loss.

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JAREJIL 8/17/2007 8:47PM

    you are a saint!!! What an awesome individual you are, to have stuck your hand out to pull me and so many others up....I love you!!!!

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LADYPI 8/17/2007 4:38PM

    Thank you for this great web site and I must say I know this feeling you talk about. No matter what happens to me on my journey I am happy where I am, Eating healthy, exercising, and leanring about ME !!

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BEELEAN2 8/14/2007 9:08AM

  I want to thank you for making this one of the best websites ever! Every day I learn something meaningful and relevant. Every ounce I lose makes me feel better, and have actually added more exercise into an already busy day. No more naps for me! I look forward to more of Spark People. I'm truly grateful. Bee

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SHELLIE2732 8/13/2007 3:29PM

    Wow-I can't thank you enough. I've only been a member here for a little over 2 wks and I just can't say thank you enough. I am so greatful that you followed through with your dream of not becoming that coworker in accounting. I'm so greatful that you have this passion to spark to all of us who really want the same things, but just didn't know how to do it. Thank you so much!! I truly beleive that you, your stagg, and this website are a God send. Thanks again -Shellie

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HOUSEFAIRY 8/9/2007 8:54PM

    God Bless you for the wonderful things you have done for the countless thousands who fight the battle of the bulge 24/7. The website is awesome, fantabulous!

Wishing you and yours continued good health and happiness always!

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    I can tottally relate!

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DSESAR 8/5/2007 8:09AM

  Thankyou soooo much for offering this site to so many for free. It is a great encouragement to have such a helpful site. I'll be writing again when I hit my 30 lb. goal.

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BRANDYFORD 8/2/2007 12:25PM

    I just watched the Fox chicago video and I want to personally thank you for investing your money in ME!!!! I am losing slowly but I want to be one of those people to promote SparkPeople in my community. I will be the success story that you see on Fox 41 Louisville. The story was very inspiring and I am glad that your Goal is to help US!!! and it is FREE!

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SUNSPARKLES%%% 7/29/2007 9:29AM

    I have been feeling the same way as this member - bot to the point of tears, but definitely so thankful that I came back to Spark for another try after being gone for a while. Before, I focused only on the nutrition and fitness parts of the site - who needs those messages boards? and what's a Spark team anyway? And then one night, I could feel how heavy I was lying on the couch, and I decided to look at the website one more time to see if it could help or not. I redesigned my Spark page, reset my goals - and immediately I got two encouraging comments on my webpage from 2 members who didn't even know me!! And that is what propelled me forward.

I have quite a bit of weight to lose - and years of habits to unlearn and replace. But I'm hopeful and excited, instead of dreading and fearing it. And all because of Spark. Thanks Spark Guy, for posting this - I raise my glass of V8 to this member and everyone here in our family.

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Reaching Other Goals

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Here's a recent post from a member seeing great results in other areas of life after using SP!

KEEGANDLILY has just submitted a new topic.

Title: The rewards of goal setting

Message: Not only have I lost over 100 lbs since joining Sparkpeople, I
have really used the goal setting techniques in all aspects of my life;
whether it be to stay on track maintenance-wise, to run just a little bit
further or to advance in my career.

In the past month I have aced two interviews at work which have gotten me
into the management training program...a goal I set 6 months ago.

Yayyyyyyy Sparkpeople! I know I don''t get to post much lately, but I do
still Spread the Spark wherever I go :)

Have a great day everyone!


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CHI-NODIN 8/21/2007 6:26AM

    Thanks so much for all you do I am happy to be a member of Sparks I am new at making the big committment to lose 100 lbs...I find this site very helpful and motovating.
I finally put my goals in writing and stated making my vision board on Saturday....looking at it makes me more accountable..I am having problems being completely legal every day but I am making the small changes I set out earlier in the year I am journalizing what I eat espccailly if I had a bad day being accountalbe and seeing it down in writing makes me feel better instead of feeling down about mysel and quilty instead say i am going to start over.
I am a 9 year breast cancer surviror so anything is possible.

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LADYBETHANY 8/5/2007 10:21AM

    I have started at 195 and am down to 179.8 very proud of myself however the programs don't adjuct automatically my cals and such... What (how much) do I do to adjust it?

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INQY1974 7/22/2007 2:33AM

    Many thanks for the culmination of solid tools to help others!

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STRATA92675 5/21/2007 2:52PM

    All I can say is THANK YOU!!!!! I watched the interview on the Fox News and was astonished, what an incredible thing for you to do!

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MSUNITHA 5/4/2007 4:44AM

    hi tell me the way to goal setting

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GORGEOUSWITCH 4/15/2007 9:24PM

    Thanks for the welcome, SparkGuy. And thanks for creating this site. I really feel GREAT about being here. God bless you.

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BEVMAE 4/12/2007 7:18PM

  Super, congrat....

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COACHGIA 4/11/2007 1:56PM

    Congrats on setting and reaching your goals in all aspects of your life!

Much success on your future goals, and keep spreading the spark! That's a great thing too.


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Another good medical results post!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Loved seeing this one this week!

CANDO62 has just submitted a new topic.

Title: Thankyou Thankyou SparkPeople!

Message: I have so much gratitude in my heart for SparkPeople that I pray
daily now for the creator/team leaders, and all like me who are succeeding
at last with learning how to be HEALTHY. My doctor recommended Sparks to me
and is thrilled with my progress so far. I am hypo-thyroid too, and with the
help of the food calculator and menu and recipe ideas, I look forward to
healthy daily eating rather than dieting...which always fails in the end for
me. I have also been motivated to exercise, by all the advice and articles
and videos etc for that, here at Sparks. Now I absolutely love to exercise
and be active every day. I also drink my water and the ''water goal'' and
''other goals'' each day help me to have pride in myself for other reasons
than just weight loss. I have lost 10% of my weight already, and am so
grateful! My blood pressure medication was reduced form 10 mg a day to 5 mgs
a day and is now at the lowest dose possible of 2.5 mgs a day. My aim is to
get off it altogether. My cholesterol numbers are down too, but I still have
to stay on that med. for the time being. I don''t even crave fat or desserts
anymore, and eat plenty of fruit and veggies and use oils. I am also eating
more fish -thanks to the menu suggestions I believe. The motivational and
information articles are ''the best of the best'' anywhere online. I get
support from my teams and friends here at Sparks. I made a Sparks''
scrapbook and also keep a written daily journal, and have pictures and
mottos all over my computer area to motivate me even more. I will be away
(from the computer) from mid-May to end of July this year, but with my
printed - off info and advice, and my journal, scrapbook and calorie
counter (as a reminder), plus the good new habits for eating and portion
control, and my new exercise and walking habits, I know I will continue to
lose weight while on vacation. I have prointed off some cards that advertise
SparkPeople and plan to place them all across Canada while we travel.

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MARYMAX1 6/4/2007 6:26PM

  I am greatly encouranged by reading all of this. I congragulate everyone and hope I have good results to report too.

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ANNIE48 5/29/2007 7:37PM

  Thank you for starting sparkteams. I just watched the video and am still learning a lot about points and blogging and messages etc. I think the sparkpoints are what is going to help the most. I love that the calories and fats etc are added up for me. Congrats on your accomplishments! I hope this also helps me get the courage to make up some more goals. lol annie

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ANGEL92 4/1/2007 5:23PM

  i just found this web site and it seeems really good. i joined it today. i also have high blood pressure and need to loose weight because i dont want to have to take medication the rest of my life.

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JANETD6 3/20/2007 6:14PM

    I'm just starting out and this was wonderful to read. Thank you for sharing it. It adds hope and promise to this process.

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MBRANIGAN 3/11/2007 10:40PM

  I think only about 1 in every 10 or 15 doctors has any integrity or is at all helpful, but I think it's worth the while to find a competent one you can trust. Like SparkPeople, a good one can be an extremely useful tool to help you gain and keep your health. I lost my health insurance when I became self-employed. It's been very scary since I'm solely responsible for my son also. I got him some terrible insurance through his school, which was the best I could do for awhile. I just reached the point where I felt I was able to get a modest plan again, and located a decent one through NASRO, which stands for National Association of Socially Responsible Organizations. They had a broker call me and she helped me identify the best plan for me. It was truly the first time in my life I felt I wasn't being sold snake oil by a broker. Sure, I could lose a few pounds now and be healthier, but at my age (50), and with a young son, I want to think long-range, and I think that means preventive health care. In the meantime, I want to add that I think the health care system in our country is reprehensible. I also think it's just a matter of time before it blows. Unfortunately, I think that means a lot of little people will be hurt in the process, but maybe it means we will thereafter end up with a better system.

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Health Insurance

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Stories like this motivate us to keep helping people get and stay healthy - and even to think if we can somehow be part of the solution for this issue.

I have been on SparkPeople for one month, and I'm doing great. I have lost nearly 20 pounds, and I exercise every day. Before last month, I NEVER exercised, and I needed my kids to help me get up off the couch. So I have NO complaints, and am as happy as I can be.

One thing that I wondered, though, was how many of you, like me, have no health insurance.

I am so happy that SP is here for me to get healthier. I know that, without insurance, which also means without seeing a doctor regularly, my health has been deteriorating for years. Only with SP have I seen light at the end of the tunnel.

20 pounds ago, I used a cane. I was afraid to go to a doctor, which I couldn't afford anyway, because I knew they'd stick me for hundreds of dollars so that they could tell me I had high cholesterol and I probably had a blood sugar level high enough to worry about. I was losing sensation in my toes on one side and could see many bad things beginning to happen in my life.

In general, without SP, even all that was NOT enough to get me going. I needed support. And without support, I knew I would fail at losing weight. I had failed so many times in the past, I had virtually given up on even trying. I had decided to get to love myself as a heavy person.

But without that insurance, it was even hard to love myself correctly. I couldn't take care of myself.

Anyway, the point of this sad tale is that, thanks to SP, now I feel 100% better and I intend to take complete control of my health.

However, when it comes to health insurance, my family and I are still out there in the wilderness.
We've had it in the past, but over the years, it got so high, we couldn't afford it.

We own our own restaurant, and our goal is to eventually get insurance. We know how important it is, because my husband had a hospital stay ($17,000) last year. But while we're paying back the hospital, we still have no money for insurance.

What a country.

Anyway, I'm inviting all you other insurance-free SPers to gripe, comment, and maybe help figure out who we need to talk to so that everyone in this country (even working people) can have insurance.

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DAPELE 7/28/2007 3:27PM

  We are self-employed too, which seems to be the group that has fallen through the cracks in health insurance. I am a liver transplant recipient, which puts me in the "high risk" category, making my health insurance rate soar: I am denied health insurance in my state, and must subscribe to the "high risk" insurance pool that the state provides. Cost for me alone is over $1200 per month. My immunosuppressive medication co-pay is $480 per month. I wonder about health insurance companies acting as the "middle man," thereby increasing the cost of health care to the consumer. Wouldn't it be better to eliminate the insurance company, and level the playing field for everyone, so more people could afford health insurance? Insurance companies give great rates to big companies. I'd love to have a health insurance rate of $400 per month with 100% prescription coverage, no co-pays, and no deductible like that of my friend who works for a large corporation. The last insurance I had cost $850 per month with a $3000 deductible per person, and a maximum prescription coverage of $2000 (which covered my prescription costs for one month). Ridiculous. The politicians seems to forget about the self-employed when it comes to health insurance. Frustrating. My health care costs are our biggest expense, and often take us to the breaking point.

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2A_HEALTHIER_ME 7/14/2007 11:10PM

    Hi...I,like alot of you out there, am also uninsured medically. As crazy as it is for me to say it...I'm a Registered Nurse. I left my staff position about three years ago (and my health insurance along with my departure). This I did in order stay at home more to care for our three children...(not really big on strange people watching my babies). Anyway, it was all right at first, because my husband who also had a city job, carried the family on HIS insurance plan...FINE! That was...Until hubby decided he could no longer continue to work there. I can't say that I blame him, because it truly seemed that his efforts and diligence there were ignored and unappreciated. I actually supported his decision to go. However, our insurance coverage with the city expired in May. We are now amongst the have nots. With young children, 3yrs,5yrs, and 12yrs, it is a very scary thought to possibly need to go see the doctor, or visit the ER, or Heaven forbid have to be admitted for something without the necessary coverage. Having a national health insurance program in place has never been more relavant to me...to us... than now.Not to sound like a public announcement or anything, but I certainly hope to find out more about such a program when Michael Moore's "Sicko" comes to NY theaters. I caught a few clips from the film on the internet and just the tidbit of information I saw, absolutely outraged me,but I think more importantly...has made me very curious. I mean...can you imagine going into an ER after an accident with an electric saw, without having any health insurance? knowing darn well you won't be able to dig yourself out of the hole they will put you in to perform the rather delicate surgical procedures to reattach your severed digits. So, unless you can afford let's say about $19,000,instead...you are forced to choose. You can either reattach the middle finger, which will cost you let's say....$15,000 or the ring finger which will run ya about $4,000. Hmmm...no insurance...well the married guy in the movie, nicknamed by Michael, the hopeless romantic, chose to save his ring finger. Contrary to this American tragedy, Michael also visited England where he walked into one of their ERs. He stood there with a film of an orthopedic patient. The man had broken up his leg pretty badly. Michael said to the doctor..."Oh this guys in trouble...that ought to run up a pretty big bill to get him straightened out, huh?" (of course, I am paraphrasing) But, the government-paid MD simply responded, rather nonchalantly..."Oh no...we have a national insurance program here. It won't cost him anything." Michael took a ride with one of these British MDs to interview him regarding his stance on the healthcare system. Certainly, working and studying hard to become a medical doctor is worth more than a mere lowly government salary. Michael was surprised to be riding along with the British MD in his top of the line AUDI, to his very expensive-looking home. Upon interviewing the doctor, he asked him"how is it that you receive a government salary, but seem to be doing so well for yourself. The seemingly quite content MD told him that in his country, the government also awards bonuses....hmmmm....For every hypertensive patient they have whose pressure they can knock down a certain number of points, for every diabetic patient whose sugar they can keep normalized, for every patient they can get to start a smoker's cessation program, etc....they are REWARDED! I swear to you...after watching that scene I knocked myself on the head in disbelief that we are still living so a_ _backwards here in America! Why haven't we figured out a system like this?? I mean, sheesh they've been doing it forEVER in other countries! It apparantly works! Preventive medicine is actually practiced somewhere on the face of the earth??Our country has now allowed the pharmaceutical companies to tie up our tv and radio airwaves with commercials for their drugs that can potentially make us more ill than we started. I mean, do I really wanna start poppin' pills that can potentially cause loss of appetite, weight loss, loss of libido, heart palpitations, migraines, seizures, and uhh, let's not forget...maybe even a little.... death...Gee Whiz! Are they serious?? ...Who am I kiddin'? Of course they are. You better believe that as long as the American people are kept sick, doctors will thrive, pharmaceutical companies will work on the next batch of poison, and the pockets of the government agencies overseeing these companies will grow fatter. Do THEY want a national health insurance program?...I suppose...they reeeally do NOT! I don't know about you...but I'm going to see that movie. I plan to get a lil' reunion goin with my friends from that job I left and we'll see it together. I encourage you all to see it too. I think we will learn how we can start this ball rollin'...That is, at least my hope! Talk to ya soon...................~Allison

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MOMOFLAUREN 6/21/2007 2:38PM

    I to run my own business from home and my family doesn't have health insurance luckily my daughter can get on health wave- Medicade through kansas but i don't think she will quilify for next year since i started my home business.. Its ashame that we americans work so hard but yet can't afford it because the price of living keeps rising.. my husband works for a moving company and i run a home business so we both make okay money but no enough to pay for health insurance :( My husband has 2 hernias in his stomach and can't get them taken care of because he doesn't want hospital bills pilling up.. So i to understand what its like not having insurance we are planning on having a second child next year hopefully we can get on insurance by then!!

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MELLYJC 5/30/2007 1:01AM

    I do have insurance, but I wouldn't call it "good" by any means, and I still wonder why I pay for it, when it's done nothing for me.

I have an individual plan through Blue Cross at the insistence of my mother. For $88/month I have a $5000 deductible. They charge me 25% more because I saw a chiropractor, which they never paid for. Chiropractic is preventive care and should LOWER rates, if anything! They've also raised their rates $8/month EVERY year. Imagine how much more money they're raking in, given all their clients! If my wages went up $8/month, I wouldn't mind, but that hasn't happened. If the cost of living hasn't gone up that much, how can they justify this?

The first time I actually tried to use the insurance- after paying into it for 2 years, it took them 48 hours to get their act together so I could get my prescription. I got a prescription for birth control, and it wasn't covered, even though it's a single-time expense; they only cover hormonal birth control, which I don't trust. How is this fair, that we don't get to choose how to take care of our bodies?

I'm sure I've spent more in medical premiums than I've gotten benefit out of the insurance. I really don't know why I bother, and I look forward to being able to get on my husband's insurance; it's no more expensive, and MUCH better coverage.

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AINTBEHVN 4/10/2007 5:52AM

    I also do not have health insurance. I did buy a pre-negotiated discount plan, but that runs $100.00 per month and really doesn't provide much in savings, yet I'm scared to not have anything. I still have 3 kids at home, and in the past I've paid a $16,000 hospital bill to fix a spiral fracture of the femur (as well as other kid accidents: one went through a window once, one was hit in the eye with a paintball once, and they all have their chin or scalp split sutures). I was always against socialized medicine, believing that we'd just be trading one evil for another-he who has the money gets the medical attention for he who knows the right person get the medical attention, but now I am thinking that we need to pressure our politicians to get rid of insurance companies altogether and establish a socialized system.

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VOIX.MAGIQUE 3/21/2007 6:46PM

    I wish i knew how to solve the 'health insurance' issue. I too, do not have health insurance. America is supposed to be such a great country, but so many millions of people do not have health insurance because it is unaffordable. Either private business owners, college graduates who work in temp jobs (me), struggliing performers (me) and probably a gazzillion other reasons.
It's ridiculous. Many other countries have made this heathcare possible, so why is it so difficult for the American government to make health insurance available for those who have trouble making ends meet? I'm not a lazy individual, i just have college loans to pay back!

All I can do is eat healthy and exercise, and hope that no major illness/injuries come my way. I have youth on my side. But many people do not.

This needs to be changed!

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MARYANN20071 3/12/2007 6:49PM

  I am also in the same position. We do not have health insurance for we also are self employed. I recently went to the doctor because I was not feeling well, my symptoms were slightly dizzy, headache, and sick to my stomach. They immediately ran an E.K.G. which they concluded showed I was having a heart attack. So the P.A. says I need to get to the hospital A.S.A.P. "I know you dom't have insurance , so can your husband take you? she says WHAT your thinking, us too. So we went in our own car, they ran a bunch of test for two days and quess what thats right I am as healthy as a horse(a bit over weight one that is lol) So now $40,000 later here we are. I wish there was a company small business could join as a group, there are more and more of us everyday.

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SHERI1049 2/20/2007 1:59PM

    Not having health insurance is frightening to me. My husband and I have our own business, too, with one employee. We have been fortunate enough to purchase our own insurance (and supplement our employee by paying 75%). Our youngest son graduated college last year and his employer will pick up insurance for him in another month (after 90 days) - so we're paying that bill also.

This is an important issue - especially for young families with children that have no coverage. The issue continues to be politicized by the media and the Washington fatcats! It makes me angry and frustrated because we'd like to do something about it - but like so many of the pressing issues, what can one person do?

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