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Woman Takes Her Daughter's Fight With Cancer To Twitter
“It was almost like I wasn’t really living my life at that moment. Like it was hard to believe it was me.”
Last year Lorelei Decker was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancerous tumor in her chest.
“It's been harder than I expected.”
Determined to fight the cancer Lorelei and her mom used social media to document her journey.
“It was the only way that I could cope,” Andrea decker blogged of six failed rounds of chemo but when things were looking grim the Decker's got great news a stem cell transplant could cure Lorelei’s cancer.
“I was excited that I still had options.”
With her sister a match there was only one obstacle ahead Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma denied coverage for the transplant.
“I was blindsided. It wasn't even an option to us that they would deny it,” said Lorelei.
Not knowing what else to do the Decker’s took their fight to twitter.
“It was a safe way to vent,” Andrea said.
But they never expected the response they got.
“I was trending in Oklahoma City, #ApproveLorelei was trending, my mom’s twitter name was trending.”
By the next day the Decker's got a phone call.
“They reversed the denial and they have approved it ,” said Lorelei.
While Lorelei and her mom are grateful for the outcome they say it never should have come to this.
“The only thing that happened between denial and approval was a twitter storm,” said Andrea.
Because of HIPAA policy Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma declined to comment but issued this statement:
"We have an established medical review process to ensure that our members receive appropriate, necessary and effective care."
Lorelei says without her followers she may not have gotten approved.
“I can't say thank you enough.”
But says this is just the beginning
“There’s still a fight for those who haven’t been approved yet.”
Posted: Wednesday, March 6 2013, 09:33 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Obama says nation must do more for fallen heroes
May 25, 2013 10:08 GMT
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the nation must do more than just remember its fallen heroes on Memorial Day.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the country must care for the loved ones the fallen leave behind. He says the country must also make sure that all veterans receive the care and benefits they have earned.
Obama says that, above all, the armed forces must have the support needed to carry out their missions at home and abroad.
In the Republican address, Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thanks the nation for its prayers and support following Monday's deadly tornado in his home state. He recalls past natural and man-made disasters in Oklahoma and says that while the state was hard hit, "we're not knocked out."
Obama's address: http://www.whitehouse.gov Republican address: http://www.youtube.com/gopweeklyaddress
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