They’re telling my friend she can’t get routine cancer surgery
1. Because she’s fat, and they’re afraid to operate on fat people. (Well, they’d be fine doing much more invasive weight-loss surgery on her, but the less invasive and much more straightforward hysterectomy, they’re scared of. That tells you everything.)
2. They spent a long time eyeing her wheelchair and yammering about quality of life, which is always, when dealing with disability and healthcare and life-saving treatment, a euphemism for “You have no quality of life so saving your life isn’t a priority.”
Once she blogs about it, I’m going to be reblogging the fuck out of it, as often as I can. This is one of my closest friends on earth and she saved my life through tumblr and I’m going to do my damndest to save hers through tumblr.
So once she posts what to do, I’ll be reblogging it several times a day if that’s what it takes, I know how many followers I have, and I know that tumblr saved my life, so it can save hers.
FUCK FATPHOBIC ABLEIST ONCOLOGISTS. JUST FUCK THEM.
I do think it would be a good idea to let Fletcher Allen, and its oncology department, know that people know about this crap.
The hospital has a contact form at https://www.fletcherallen.org/about/contact_us/
But if you prefer other ways, here are the critical cut-and-pastes:
And remember: Her name is Laura Tisoncik.
And for my autistic followers: She was instrumental in the politicized autistic community, way back when. Chances are if you’re autistic and you’re into self-advocacy, you owe something to her and don’t even know it. She created autistics.org, the Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical, and the Autistic Liberation Front… back when there were no political autism websites at all. And for a long time ours was the only one. The others were social or support group oriented, even if some of the members were more political than others. Ours was the first overtly and only political one, and for a long time it was the only one.
So if you can give anything back to her, now’s the time.
If not for Laura Tisoncik, I do not think that I would be here writing this blog. I owe her a lot. We all do.
If you can help her, please do.