No, I didn't win the Powerball. I received good news more precious than money. My Mum was diagnosed with cancer in October 2014. She had chemo and radiation. It's a horrible disease. I heard this morning Alan Rickman died of cancer. It seems lately there have been several famous people dying from this horrible disease. It doesn't discriminate whether you have money or not.
Anyway the other day Mum had another test - not sure what it's called but a tube was put down her throat to see if there was any cancer. She had esophagus cancer. She's never smoked or drank. It was just a fluke. She had a body scan in November to make sure cancer hadn't gone anywhere else and it came back clear. They have never been able to see her cancer on this scan. They caught it when they did the tube procedure the first time.
Her test came back clear!!! ! So relieved. She doesn't have to go back until April. This is such good news. I am so happy today.
I have to say I, for one, am really pleased she has the NHS. Her local hospital did such a wonderful job. When she first went to the doctor she was in the hospital the next week having tests and then treatment. Everything moved so quickly. I am in the US and I don't think people in England realise how lucky they are (having lived with both sides). Mum never had to worry about what her treatment was costing. She never had to worry about whether she could afford treatment or whether she could pay for medical supplies. She never had to worry about losing her house because she couldn't afford both medical and living expenses. She could concentrate all her energy on fighting this terrible disease.