We need to have the moral courage to feel the wind against our faces and stand up for the cause God calls us to. There in lies our purpose for being here.
Please pray about the needs of those who suffer, because they can’t afford the home care they need to stay in their homes. It is an injustice not only in Ontario, but everywhere which needs to be corrected. I prayerfully plead with you that where you can help those in need of this care, please do it. Too many people are falling through the cracks in the system. We need to work together with the government in coming up with solutions, in advocating for people’s needs.
The root questions then of the suffering are these. Will you love me? Will you fight for me when I can fight no longer? Will you go that one more step in extending yourself to those who need you?
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read my posts. I want your ideas from your beautiful minds to take with me into advocating for people’s rights.
As I confer with my contacts in the government and in social service your name will always be kept confidential.
I am building a file with all of your concerns. If you think I haven’t heard the extent of injustice in people’s lives, I’ve heard a hell of a lot. Don’t think anything you share will surprise me. The fact that it won’t tells you the hellish journey I have lived advocating for the needs of others as well as my own.
If it wasn’t for our faith in God, the love of my wife, Karen, and so many supportive friends who have and continue to be there for us, Karen and I would have given up a long time ago.
People who truly care give us the strength to fight on that one more day and the days after that.
Tell as many people as you possibly can about this facebook group. Get them to tell as many people as they can about it. Let’s build a quiet revolution of caring unlike this world has ever known. Let’s send out a message lound and clear that the government bean counters devoid of compassion can’t ignore. I will take all of your concerns into advocacy as I am led to.
We shall overcome together.
Below, is only one of the many horrifying stories of seeking to justify denying people the care they need. It is my story.
Yesterday, I was in a brutal health care conference in which support services sought to justify why they have left me without support care for over a year. I have two very rare auto immune conditions and an extremely rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder called oliviopontocerebellar ataxia. I have been intubated eight times for mast cell attacks from what is believed to be systemic mastocytosis. If you google “Mastocytosis – Disease of a Thousand Faces University of Toronto”, you will see an extensive report on what in me is a deteriorating condition.
Barring proper treatment or a cure I will not likely have a full life span. On a human level it will quite frankly be a relief for me when I die. No longer will I have to see the exhaustion and sadness in the eyes of my wife, Karen. No longer will I have to endure the abuse of authority I have been exposed to. No longer will I have to deal with a cold-hearted and callous system that spews policy, that seeks to defend all the ways in which they can’t help me, fail to cover all the medications I need.
In that awful and hellish health care conference I said that I hope that those who make decisions denying people the care they need face having the same conditions themselves and have the same cold-hearted government policies spewed back at them.
There is an injustice in the province of Ontario which needs to stop. People on limited government pensions are having to pay what is stated as a subsidized rate of $9.00 an hour for home care. If they aren’t approved for personal care through attendant care outreach they pay $34.00 an hour for that.
Government bean counters devoid of compassion make people’s lives a living hell who are too poor to afford these rates.
I have always maintained that investments in health care now will mean less investment in that as people are given the medical, vocational and home supports they need to get employment and become taxpayers.
I will be raising this issue with France Gelinas, who is the Health Critic for the New Democratic Party in Ontario.
Please feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your horror stories of the horrible way you have been treated by the Ontario government. I will keep your name confidential. I will only refer to your situation as I advocate for the rights of people who no longer feel they have a voice to get the health care, that should be their fundamental civil right.
We shall overcome indifference with love, with true compassion for the hurting, for those treated with injustice by the system charged with the responsibility of caring for all of its citizens.
I leave you with this quote to ponder.
“Any society, any nation, is judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members — the last, the least, the littlest.”
~Cardinal Roger Mahony, In a 1998 letter, Creating a Culture of Life
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