In July, I was diagnosed with an invasive form of Stage 3c breast cancer. I'm 33, otherwise healthy, and I have no family history of breast cancer or any kind of cancer. Thankfully, I'm one of the more than 16 million Americans who benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
My treatment plan includes chemotherapy, mastectomy, radiation, and reconstructive surgery. And that's just if everything goes according to plan. I can't even begin to imagine how I would handle this without insurance.
Some of the tests I have to get – a twenty-minute CT scan, for example – cost more than $10,000. So it's terrifying to me to hear Donald Trump say that he wants to repeal the ACA. Everything he says is terrifying.
This election is life or death for me. For a lot of people.
I feel really lucky to have access to incredible care. That I can't be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. That there are no annual, or lifetime limits to my care. Right now my entire focus is on healing, and that's how it should be.