Rhonda Julian’s breast cancer story is one of the most inspirational stories you will read. Her story is not much different than most women who get breast cancer. What is different is her age and her motivation. She turned her bout into an actionable endeavor.
Her Inspirational Bout With Breast Cancer A Good Reason For Obamacare (VIDEO)
I was sitting in Starbucks writing and blogging when this man I had never seen struck up a conversation. We began talking politics and it ultimately turned to healthcare. I was not sure where he stood on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) but he sure hates the American healthcare system.
It turns out, Ron Julian is at that age where he is close to qualifying for the Medicare he earned working all his life. He is however, as a small business owner, without health insurance. It is simply too expensive for a man his age. He went overseas for cataract surgery and said he would get any major surgery overseas until his Medicare kicked in.
After discussing Ron’s international form of acquiring healthcare, he told me about his niece Rhonda Julian who recently had a bout with breast cancer. He told me to call her up and to check out her website. Her website left me completely inspired. She detailed her complete breast cancer ordeal with an openness rarely seen.
Rhonda’s daughter Jada accidentally elbowed her on her breast one afternoon. She went to the doctor a few days later when the pain/swelling did not subside. It turned out that elbow from her daughter resulted in her discovering she had breast cancer.
Rhonda’s approach to handling her diagnoses was both brave and inspirational. She first leveled with her daughter and told her, “You saved mommy’s life.” Most importantly she made her daughter an integral part of her breast cancer ordeal in a positive manner by keeping her involved at every step of the way.
She created a website. Her website became one of her stress relievers. What it also became unbeknownst to her, was inspiration to some and support for her from afar.
Rhonda is a resident of the state of Massachusetts. She had recently moved back to the state. A month before the discovery of her breast cancer, she had a bout with kidney stones. At that time she did not have insurance. The individual mandate in Massachusetts meant going forward she had to have insurance, in her case partially subsidized. […]