Sorry this is slightly off-topic for a T1 list, but I'm not sure where else to ask.
My neighbor was diagnosed with T2 earlier this year and has been taking insulin to control it. Recently her job cut back her hours, so now that she is a part-time employee she no longer has health insurance. She has worked at Michaels craft store for quite a long time (probably not a very high-paid job), she is a single mom to her three kids, is partially disabled by arthritis, and has struggled to make ends meet since her physician husband abandoned her and the kids about 15 years ago. Now that her income has been cut, her financial situation is even more dire. I have no idea how she's paying her mortgage (if she is) and buying groceries for her family. She has stopped taking insulin because she simply cannot afford to buy it. Last week she broke her small toe and did not go to the doctor because she could not afford to. I know that just the thought of uncontrolled diabetes and an untreated broken toe must be sending shivers down all of your spines, as it does mine.
I'm worried sick about her and her kids. She is the sweetest, most loving, and most cheerful person. She never complains, no matter how bad things get. She's not the type of person who will accept personal charity (it's been tried by concerned neighbors and friends a number of times), but she might accept assistance from an organization that helps out with medical needs. But, most of the assistance organizations I found on-line were directed toward T1 and/or children with diabetes, or "third world" countries.
If anyone has any ideas on how to find some help for this lovely woman, I would truly appreciate your input. Pardon me while I go off and have a good cry.
P.S. Call me a "bleeding heart liberal" if you will, but we need health care reform YESTERDAY!