Category Archives: Advocacy

We Can’t Do This Alone!

A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me a video. (Thanks, Beth!) It profiled Kevan Chandler, a young man who is a wheelchair user because he is affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Kevan loves to travel, but because … Continue reading

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Big Dreams…

I’ve been thinking often for the past few days about today being Martin Luther King Day. Dr. King had a dream. That all people would be treated equally regardless of the color of their skin. That there would be no … Continue reading

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This is the Life that I Fought For

In the late night hours of October 3rd, 1968, my mom went into labor. With me. It caught everyone off guard because I wasn’t due for another ten weeks or so. But, I guess even then, my stubborn streak showed … Continue reading

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Why It Matters

There were several videos I watched about the protests.  I was fascinated.  10 protesters with disabilities from the Colorado chapter of ADAPT (a disability rights organization) sat in the lobby of Senator Cory Garner’s office for 59 hours (In those … Continue reading

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In My Own Home.

It’s time for me to share a story.  No, this one doesn’t have handsome princes or fairy godmothers waving magic wands.  Although I wish it did.  That would be so much easier. This is my Medicaid story, and I want … Continue reading

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My Cloud

The question usually comes from good friends, at a time when I am struggling. They want to know how to help me the most. What is it like to have a psychiatric diagnosis? It’s like there is a dark cloud … Continue reading

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I’ll Never Run…

It was a beautiful and crisp October day a couple of years ago when I met Chris. As Director of Community Health at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, he, like me, wasn’t officially one of a team of people spearheading … Continue reading

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