I have been fortunate throughout most of my life to receive excellent, competent, expert and compassionate medical, surgical and nursing care when it was needed. As a child, I had mysterious symptoms after being treated for chronic nephritis. I was eventually diagnosed with an “infected liver” and a “half-decayed kidney” and was successfully treated. At age 15, I had a hemi-nephrectomy as the kidney caused problems again. Later that year, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Over the years, I have multiple surgeries and countless corticosteroid injections and medication changes. Thanks to Almighty God, my wonderful rheumatologists, surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, the development of more effective medications, and advances in knowledge about rheumatoid arthritis, I worked for 43 years and continue to live an active and fulfilling life. Yes, I have very obvious joint deformities, some activities are impossible or extremely difficult, and there are occasional frustrations, but my rheumatoid arthritis is well controlled and I am thankful to be able to do the things I love to do). Now that I am a senior, I worry more about the future. I would like to be able to remain in my own home with my pets, so I hope that the home care services I will need will be available when I need them. I have always been able to pay for my medication as I always had a generous drug plan, but I know that many Canadians cannot afford the high cost of prescription drugs. I hope that a universal drug plan will soon become part of our universal health care – not just for seniors, but for every Canadian. Thank you to the CMA for your advocacy for seniors and all Canadians!