Last year: I get diagnosed with MS. Nobody knows what that is. People are like “is it fatal?” and I’m like “nah man, do I look that upset?” JKJK
This year: People are suddenly asking me (as though I’m the authority) what I think about the giant* role that MS has taken in politics, particularly in the Republican party.
*people have now taken the time to google it
Where you’ve heard of MS lately:
1. Newt Gingrich’s wife- not the current one. What, you thought Newt Gingrich KEPT defective wives? One of his divorced wives got that way because she got diagnosed with MS.
2. Mitt Romney’s wife- Ann Romney (Mitt Romney’s current wife) has MS. Well, she says she “beat MS.” More on that later.
3. That Guy Who Testified to the Iowa State Legislature- His name is Zach Wahls but whatever. The thing you probably didn’t notice amidst all the my-lesbian-moms-are-great stuff (which I totally am for) was the my-mom-got-diagnosed-with-MS thing. Everyone skimmed over that. I noticed it. It’s casual.
So anyway, to those of you who’ve been asking what I think, here’s what I think:
a) this is just a theory. Please do not sue me, Mitt Romney. Anyway, Ann Romney claims to have “beat” MS (not sure how, seeing as there’s no cure) and says that she is not on any medications. My theory: I think she’s on BG-12. What’s BG-12? Good question, self. BG-12 is a medication that’s currently in stage 3 testing with the FDA for use in MS patients, but it is already legal in Germany to treat psoriasis. It’s also the first real MS pill (I seriously don’t count Gilenya. If it kills you, it’s not a real medication. Sorry). So, if you were Mitt Romney, wouldn’t you get your wife some of that stuff from Germany? As SNL likes to point out, Mitt Romney has a lot of money. He can afford better words than “a lot” to describe his money.
Honestly, I hope that’s what’s happening. If it’s not, that makes Ann Romney stupid. There are a lot of MS patients who think “oh hey, I’m not having any symptoms now, why should I have to inject myself?” which sounds totally reasonable until they end up in a wheelchair because they weren’t on any meds. Basically, I think Ann Romney is a terrible role model to people with MS. Medication is the answer to MS, not horse therapy. Or magic Mormon underpants. By saying she’s not on any medication, whether it’s true or not, she’s setting a terrible example for other people with MS.
b) Newt Gingrich is a terrible person.
c) no, but REALLY
d) I don’t know why I’m obsessed with Zach Wahls’ mom having MS. It just kind of surprised me to be watching this video that everyone posted on facebook and hear “multiple sclerosis.” I know it’s not the issue he’s talking about, but somehow I was very drawn to it. Since he now has a fan base, maybe he should start talking about MS and get some (more) awareness happening.
e) Healthcare scares me. I’m learning about the welfare system in LA in regards to medical care right now, so I can tell you that if you’re below the poverty line in LA and you get stuck in the hospital, you don’t get a guest tray, telephone, or TV. This doesn’t sound so bad right? But hey, what’s a guest tray? Oh, that’s just what they call food in hospitals. What? They don’t give sick people food without making them pay extra?
That’s literally insane.
If I didn’t have my parents health insurance, my medication would cost me $4,300 per month. That’s insane too. Since the Republican candidates are so personally involved with sick people, you’d think they’d want to take better care of us. However,
Rick Santorum: “People have no problem paying $900 for an iPad, but paying $900 for a drug they have a problem with — it keeps you alive. Why? Because you’ve been conditioned to think health care is something you can get without having to pay for it.”
…. I’ll just let you guys think about that one
anyway, so that’s what I’ve been thinking about politics/healthcare/MS. An actual update post will happen soon! In other news, there’s a new poll on the sidebar and it’s cute. So vote in it
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