I went through sixteen years of school, one year of law school, birthed and raised three children and helped them navigate the stressful admission process into great schools and filled out the FAFSA financial aid form nine times — so far. I successfully re-entered the work force after 17 years of being a stay at home mom who did not know what Outlook was. I made it through a difficult divorce without a trip to the mental hospital and learned how to be a landlord. I’ve been a single mom for eight years. All these things are hard, people. But none of this, none of it prepared me for the hardest thing I’ve ever faced — dealing with the US health care system and trying to secure good care for my mother. Hands down, this has sucked the most. And it has baffled me more than anything I have ever experienced.