Last night on Netflix I watched a new movie called "SelfLess." It was a strange science fiction/action movie where a father sold his body to science in order to pay for his daughter's heart surgery. The concept hit a nerve in me.
All around the world, there are people making terrible choices about whether or not to access medical care, or about what they have to do or give up in order to pay for medical care. I cannot even begin to imagine the anguish these people suffer.
In Canada, medical care is free. Completely free. Over the last three years, I have cost the medical system millions of dollars. If I had lived in another part of the world, I would be in incredible indebted or dead.
Yesterday, I reached a milestone in my own medical care. I underwent a surgical scope to look inside my bladder to ensure that no cancer had returned. This is the last procedure in a long semester full of hospital days and surgery.
There were no signs of cancer. I was relieved beyond words. I am also grateful beyond words that I live in Canada.