I had a shock today when I phoned my pharmacy to renew my prescription for Xeloda.
These pills have been improving my cancer tests steadily for months. It has brought hope when I felt I was heading for the end. It is truly a miracle drug.
The Xeloda pills replaced the painful, sickening chemo treatments and my tests started showing amazing improvement. I never knew I had hope.
Now my pharmacist tells me the Government of Quebec will no longer pay for Xeloda. Only the very rich can now afford this life-saving medication. The lives of cancer patients who are not wealthy are in the hands of Pauline Marois and her supporters.
The good news is that the Government of Quebec will now fund a generic version of Xeloda. My pharmacist tells me these pills are the same as Xeloda. I hope and pray they are the same, because my life depends on it. The lives of all Quebec Xeloda patients who are not wealthy will depend on the generic version.
While Pauline Marois enjoys the comfort of the hearth in her mansion, she denies cancer patients life-saving medication. And she makes her move in the dead of bitter winter, certain that the sick cannot go out into the streets to protest now. No doubt she hopes we will forget by springtime - or be dead and silent.
If it turns out that the generic pills should fail and my condition deteriorates, you will all know who is to blame. It is a matter of life or death. Never forget who is responsible.