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  • She worked for everyone in Maine and now Lennie needs us to help with her cancer

    Lennie's Medical Fund - GoFundMe 

    My mother, Lennie Mullen, has devoted her life to public service in Maine.  Sadly, she was diagnosed with anal and colon cancer in April of 2016.  The radiation and chemo she received in Maine appears to have put the anal cancer in remission.  Unfortunately, the colon cancer has metastasized.

    In order to take care of my mom I had to move her to San Diego to live with me.  She had to make the hard decision to leave all her friends and family and move.  

    She is presently receiving treatment at Scripp's Cancer Center.  She has undergone so much radiation.  I tease her that she likes to go there so much because the doctor and staff are wonderful.  Chemo has been really hard on her.  We still have not found that "coctail" that is going to work long term.  Mom develops small tumors throughout her body, and a couple in her lungs.  The radiation is helping, but the main goal is to stop anymore from developing.  I lost count at over 20. We are encouraged with the treatment and she has a very positive attitude--refers to treatment as a journey.
    Below is a link that talks about immunotherapy for anyone interested in learning more. 
    (On Feb, 8 PBS aired a new article on immunotherapy see it HERE.
    There is hope.)

    The money raised will allow us more options with her medical treatment. 

    Mom's professional life has been devoted to helping people. 

    She served as a constituent service advocate for a United States Congressman, and later for the Governor of Maine. She has always been there to help others, and her family.  She does not realize how all her small contributions have left such a large impact on the lives of everyone she helped. 

    I know that any small contribution to help her now, will have a large impact on her recovery. 

    When you loose your job, for whatever the reason, you need to find value in your life.  Mom needs to find her strength and value from the Cancer that has taken over her body.  She needs to be able to go the beach, visit family when she is stronger, and treat herself to going to an estate sale.  She can not do any of these things without my financial help.  She wants to be able to buy groceries or pay for her perscriptions. Her limited income does not allow for any of this.  

    She is now facing her toughest challenge.  Cancer treatment is costly even with insurance.  The co-pays, supplements, insurance premium, medical supplies not covered by insurance, and eating healthy food has created a financial hardship that hopefully GoFundMe can assist.  Could you help?

    Help spread the word!
  • Bills defeated in Maine that threatened health care access and reproductive rights

    Editorial by Rep. Sara Gideon, the assistant House majority leader

    This week Democrats stood up for health care access and for women’s reproductive rights as we turned back attempts to undermine women’s access to safe, legal abortion in Maine.

    I’m proud to report that I and my fellow Democratic legislative leaders stood with Planned Parenthood as we said, “No” to proposed bills that targeted this vital health care provider.                                     

    We know, as Mainers across the state do, that Planned Parenthood keeps women, men and young people healthy. Right here in Maine, Planned Parenthood provides comprehensive health care to 10,000 patients a year.

    Men and women like you and me, or like your son and your daughter, or perhaps even like your parents before you. I myself relied on a Planned Parenthood wellness doctor when I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford health care.

    The organization’s services include birth control, life-saving cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and safe abortion. Planned Parenthood’s work has helped significantly lower rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion in Maine.

    Planned Parenthood is a key part of our safety net too. Many of its patients would literally have nowhere else to turn for medical care and family planning. In fact, half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are in rural or medically underserved areas, and 66 percent of it patients receive free or discounted care.

    Planned Parenthood opponents claim that community health centers could simply step in and fill the gap if the organization was defunded.

    But an analysis from the independent, nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that as many as 630,000 Planned Parenthood patients nationally would lose access to care defunding efforts succeeded.

    Make no mistake about it:  this is simply part of the cynical attempt to limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion. It’s just another smokescreen – like the discredited, doctored videos that have been at the center of the political sideshow in Washington, D.C.

    Mainers across the state are well-aware of accusations against Planned Parenthood and they know they are false. According to a recent poll, 70 percent of Maine voters oppose congressional Republicans’ attempts to defund Planned Parenthood. Fifty-five percent are strongly opposed.

    Extremists in Congress were willing to hold all of American hostage in pursuit of their agenda. We say “No” to importing this political circus to our state.

    We could have seen some of this in Maine, but we squashed that effort by rejecting proposals before the Legislative Council, the bipartisan group of leaders that determines which bills can move forward for the upcoming legislative session.

    We will not let anyone hold a woman’s access to safe and affordable health care hostage.  A person’s health is not available for sale. It’s not available for trade and it’s certainly not available for blackmail.

    That’s the promise we Democratic leaders affirmed this week, one that we will continue to honor. You can count on that.

    I’m Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon of Freeport, and I stand with Planned Parenthood.

  • Bill to increase women’s access to health care becomes law in Maine with LePage's inaction

    Measure would improve economic stability for Maine families

      A bill to expand access to essential health care services for women became law Sunday if the governor does not sign or veto it before then.

    LD 319, An Act To Strengthen the Economic Stability of Qualified Maine Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive Health Care and Family Services, provides uninsured and underinsured low-income women access to important preventative services such as cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap tests, birth control and STD testing. The measure empowers women to make decisions about starting a family and prevents unintended pregnancy.

    “This bill is about economic security for women,” said Rep. Jay McCreight, D-Harpswell, the sponsor of the legislation. “For many women, family planning clinics are the only accessible sources of health care. This measure will help women get the critical care they need, and it will also lower health care costs over the long run, which will save taxpayers money.” 

    Under the measure, the federal government would pay $9 for each dollar of state funds that goes toward the effort.  Maine would join the 32 states that have already seen benefits by providing health care services to low-income women. The bill would provide publicly funded preventative health care to adults up to 209 percent of the federal poverty level, approximately $23,000 for a household of one.

    One-third of all American women are living very close to the poverty line, earning less than $47,000 per year for a family of four. Thousands of Maine women and the children who depend on them are one unexpected expense away from financial collapse.

    The first-year savings to Maine are conservatively estimated at $100,000 and, by the third year, the state would save nearly $2 million.

    Thirty other states have opted in to the Medicaid family planning option proposed in LD 319, many of them for more than a decade. Every state that has assessed the program has seen a net savings in Medicaid costs.

    The bill does not cover abortion services. Federal law prohibits these funds being used for abortion services.

    A similar bill passed the Legislature in 2014 but did not survive a veto from the governor.

    The bill, which the Legislature passed on June 30, would be among the measures that are becoming law without the governor’s signature. The governor has 10 days, not including Sundays, to sign or veto a bill. If he does not take either of those actions, the bill becomes law if the Legislature has not finally adjourned.

    The bill goes into effect 90 days after the Legislature finally adjourns. The Legislature will be in session on July 16 to address any vetoes issued by the governor as prescribed by the Maine Constitution.

    McCreight, a member of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee and Marine Resources Committee, is serving her first in the Maine House and represents Harpswell, West Bath and part of Brunswick.


  • The First Lady inspires a nation to get fit with her work-out routine

    The First Lady inspires a nation to get fit with her work-out routine.

    Mrs. Obama is setting a new standard for the nation. As a First Lady this is indeed revolutionary!