Thursday, July 23, 2009

Terry in Middletown, Maryland

Terry in Middletown, Maryland
Originally uploaded by walk4healthcare

I met Terry at the Oriole Club, a local bar where I stopped in during a ferocious thunderstorm to take a water break. Terry believes in preventative medicine, eating right, exercising—being positive. She doesn’t have insurance and with two kids, she’s busy providing them with a home and feeding them right.

Last year she got very sick but nobody would take her. Because she has no primary care doctor, it costs $250 just to “get in the door.” The others seated along the bar gave knowing looks. She told me she “prayed a lot,” especially when her temperature hit 104. “But I survived,” she said with a smile. “But, if you don’t have insurance,” she told me, “you’re treated different.”

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