Friday, April 30, 2010

What It Comes Down To

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been doing a lot of thinking recently. The more I think, the more comfortable I become in my decision to stay an extra year in school. One of the main reasons I want to do this is for health insurance. My state, Massachusetts, mandates everyone have health insurance. However, I do not think I want to stay in Massachusetts after I graduate. So if I do not get a job, or go to a school, that offers health insurance, then I am out of luck. This would necessitate me living in Massachusetts to be sure I get the coverage I need.

I do not like that a lot of my decisions for my future are based on my health, or, more specifically, my health insurance. There are so many things that I want to do that I feel are being limited because the toll on my body would be too great, or it is kind of off the beaten path and I may not get insurance.

I bet this is something a lot of chronically ill young adults experience, and something that I would definitely want to discuss in the support group I want to start. It is something that has been weighing pretty heavily in my mind.

It is going to be a wonderful weekend here in MA. I am going to see my dad tomorrow and I have my last 8-4 shift on Sunday! I hope everyone else has a great weekend.


Anonymous said...

Health insurance is one of my biggest worries. I have awesome insurance now, but am on the verge of losing my job due to budget cuts. I have NO idea what I'm going to do since I can't get insurance and apparently I need to be uninsured for 6 months to qualify for this transition program to help high risk patients over the next 4 years.

I feel your pain...I think about health insurance constantly and I hate that I have to make so many of my major life decisions based on insurance. Ugh.

Melanie said...

Thank youu for your comment. It is incredibly frustrating to have your future dictated to you by something you have absolutely no control over. I'm glad someone else out there can relate.