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Ireland to Cancer Patients: Not Dying? No Financial Aid.

The anonymous Irish blogger behind the blog ”Pieces of me” sends an open letter to the Irish minister of Health after the ministry decided to cut off medical reimbursements for cancer treatments, “unless their diagnosis is terminal.” As a cancer survivor, the blogger writes a poignant pamphlet:

My “not such a bad diagnosis at all”, brought me to my knees in ways you could only know if you yourself had been handed one. My  ”not such a bad diagnosis at all”, robbed me of my last few fertile years. My self esteem. My self worth. My mental health. My joy. And replaced it with a fear that seeps deep into your bones and probably won’t leave me for a very long time.

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