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Health Care Crisis Hits Home

I’ve recently befriended an amazing woman, Mona Motwani, a former civil rights attorney who is currently in the midst of a great struggle for her health and life.

In late 2005, Mona started feeling sick with ambiguous symptoms and became so ill by the fall of 2007 that she could barely function. She visited more than a dozen doctors over 10 months who couldn’t figure out what was wrong, and it wasn’t until July 2008 that Mona was correctly diagnosed with late-stage Lyme Disease and its related co-infections: Babesiosis, Bartonella, and Ehrliciosis.

Lyme, a disease caused by a tick bite, can be incredibly painful and sometimes deadly. For Mona, it has been debilitating. You can find a partial list of symptoms here.

What’s worse, this episode has cost Mona and her family well over $100,000 in medical bills. Because she is undergoing “experimental” treatment that includes a semi-permanent picc line, her insurer refuses to cover most of the costs. In fact, after paying for one month of treatment, her insurer informed her on December 24, 2010 that none of her IV meds (at $3,000 – $4,000 per month) would be covered.

CBS 5 in San Francisco recently ran this compelling news segment about Mona and her fight against Lyme Disease. Be sure to check it out.

Also, make sure to track Mona’s progress on her blog, and if you’re in and around San Francisco, consider supporting Mona at a fundraiser in her honor on May 12th.