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  •  My father was killed on active (25+ / 0-)

    duty in the military, so even though I didn't live in the US at the time, I received orphan's benefits and the government paid for my college until the Pell grants and scholarships took over to pay for my post grad degrees.

    When I got divorced and was living homeless with the children and being treated for cancer, I received some welfare assistance. But, because my cancer was "terminal", they wanted to put my children in foster care, so I quit all public assistance, including treatment for the cancer and went it alone.

    Today, I am still alive (go figure, I've been in remission for 27 years, I guess the half life of the chemo and radiation treatments I had haven't expired yet...), I own a car, bought a house, and have a steady job.

    It wasn't easy, but the alternative was to obey the state, lose my children, and possibly die.

    So, yay?  I mean some good came of it.

    But my experience with public welfare was to learn to avoid it - or any other assistance I might receive, at any cost.

    Kossacks taught me differently when they paid for Itzl's knee surgery. So, I prefer Kossack generosity, which I won't abuse, because even with that positive experience, I am still very gunshy about accepting assistance of any sort.

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    by Noddy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:10:28 AM PST

    •  I'm gunshy (19+ / 0-)

      of assistance myself, but it saved my life 2 years ago. I had a thyroid condition that got progressively worse to the point where I could hardly breathe anymore. Because of kossacks here I found help and my thyroid was removed and the cancer was in its early stage.  I go for check-ups every three months and so far still cancer free.
      Two weeks ago I went for another check-up and ran,again, into that one doctor who wants to take me off the meds I'm on, because she opposes natural hormones. Completely ignoring the fact that they work for me, my test are finally in the acceptable range when Syntroid kept me in pain and misery for 5 months with test coming back way to high no matter what the dosage.
      I tried to reason with her and now she marked me on my records as a difficult patient.
      Go figure!
      I'm grateful for getting the help,but disgusted that I don't have a say what doctor I can see.

      El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

      by mint julep on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:32:21 AM PST

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