I admire clients who find the strength to tell their stories on television. It takes guts. When Susan Galinis said she wanted to do just that, I warned her that it would be difficult and, well, embarassing. She said she didn’t care. If she could persuade just one woman to switch from Yaz to a traditional birth control pill, it would be worth it.
On Monday, Susan appeared on local Fox, ABC, and NBC stations. She showed to the cameras pictures that, until now, she hadn’t shown to anyone outside her family.
After Susan’s story aired, I received dozens of calls from Yaz survivors who asked me to thank Susan for getting the word out, or to offer her their help and support. Some called to ask for more information or just to talk about their own experiences. One talked about a friend she lost to Yaz. I appreciate hearing from anyone whose life has been impacted by this drug.
We’re working on all of our Yaz and Yasmin cases with a Yaz law firm in San Francisco. We chuckled over the fact that Bayer had no problem speaking to reporters before the first news segment aired. But once Bayer actually saw Susan and heard what she had to say, the company apparently could think of no response and refused to speak with the reporters who produced the later segments.
Susan, you “done good.”