Author Archives: Colorado HealthStory

Debbie

My name is Debbie. Most would assume from all physical appearances that I am a healthy woman in her mid-twenties, but I have a hidden disability.

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Angie and Tony

Angie and Tony – Alamosa, CO Angie and Tony, of Alamosa, share their inspiring health story. After being told her cholesterol levels were too high, Angie put herself and Tony on a strict diet and started the “couch to 5K” program. Within a few months they had each lost significant weight and were training for […]

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Theresa

Theresa – Alamosa, CO Theresa, of Alamosa, shares a deeply personal story about losing her daughter. In her story, she recalls the importance of small moments between her family and the hospital nurses that had a long lasting impact. “The reason I got into the health care field is that through losing her .. I watched […]

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Logan

Logan – Rio Grande County, CO Logan shares his health story. Growing up, he struggled in gym class hated physical activity, especially running. While on his wellness adventure training for a marathon, Logan needed to return home and prove to himself that he wasn’t that unhealthy kid anymore. “So the weight when I guess I […]

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Elaine

Elaine and Tracy – La Plata County, CO Elaine, of La Plata County, describes her difficulties with her oral health and her struggle to secure dentures. After failing to navigate the local health system on her own, she found help in the way of an senior health nurse navigator named Tracy. With the help of […]

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Diana

Diana – La Jara, CO Diana, of La Jara, describes her experience with chronic ovarian cysts. She wanted to be as strong as her family, and developed an impressive pain tolerance so she could continue running. Although her doctors have agreed birth control would help, Diana can’t afford the medication and has to live with […]

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Lares

Lares – Alamosa, CO Lares, of Alamosa, shares her health story. She shares her anxieties around navigating the health care system, finding the right provider, and the need for more humanity in health care. “I think that [in] our health care system, because it’s just so massive, that personal connection and the humanity of it […]

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Jess

Jess – Denver, CO Growing up going to a sleep-away camp, camp nurses played an important role in Jess’s life. She talks about how their immersion in campers’ and staff members’ everyday activities helped teach kids that health care professionals are “real people” too. “There’s a lot of talk now about medical homes and integrated […]

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Sandy

Sandra – Adams County, CO Sandra, of Adams County, shares her health story. A few years ago she lost her job, suffered from physical health ailments, and needed some assistance. Her primary health care provider connected her with a behavioral health specialist who helped her through those stressful times. “The stress of all of it, […]

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Angela

Angela – Littleton, CO Angela, of Littleton, shares her health experience. With a family history of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, Angela has always been very good about her women’s wellness visits. She tells her story about an abnormal test result and the emotional journey that followed. “The moment was like a slap in the […]

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Adrienne

Adrienne – Golden, CO Adrienne, of Golden, shares her story. During her pregnancy Adrienne had no complications, but when her daughter Sylvia was born she could hardly breathe and then spent ten days in the NICU. “I didn’t know if my child was going to survive. I didn’t know if I could even form an […]

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Connor

Connor – Denver, CO Connor, of Denver, shares his story of personal transformation. Feeling like he had little control over his life, Connor seized the opportunity to get in shape and change his outlook through boot camp classes. “I was looking at myself, I had kind of gotten a stomach, I was sitting at this […]

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Michele

Michele – Weld County. CO Michele is a nurse from Weld County.  She shares a story about the relationship between nurses and the families of their patients. “I thought, how unique, both nurse and family member used the same exact words, but they were coming from a 180 degrees difference in how they felt this […]

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Laura

Laura – Durango, CO Laura, of Durango, is an RN working in one of the local School Based Health Centers. She shares her story about the kids she works with and the pride she takes in her job. “Being in the school, being accessible, the kids can walk in anytime…Having it in a place that’s […]

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Nancy

Nancy – Salida, CO Nancy, a resident of Salida, CO, shares her story of developing and receiving treatment for Guillain–Barré syndrome. Within days, Nancy went from leading an active lifestyle to being completely paralyzed.  She describes her emotional experience on the road to recovery. “When I was at the first hospital it was like a […]

Posted in Complex Health Conditions, Region 13 - Chaffee, Lake, Fremont & Custer Counties, Stories | 1 Response

Julie

Julie – Salida, CO Julie works at an oral health program in Chaffee County.  She shares the story of the impact of oral health on one local woman’s life. “Part of it was because she worked in the restaurant business, had been for a long time…and as her teeth got worse she was pulled out […]

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John

John – Chaffee County John, a resident of Chaffee County, discusses his son’s lifelong condition of cystic fibrosis.  He explains that while his son has not been able to receive a lung transplant he has been able to lead a fulfilling and active life. “He has surprised [the doctors] a whole lot of times because […]

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Dr. John

Dr. John – Grand Junction Dr. John, of Grand Junction, shares a powerful patient story about the importance of mental health care. Despite a dedicated team effort, his patient took their own life after suffering from severe depression. “It just reminded me of how BAD our mental health system really is… There was nobody who […]

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Jennifer

Jennifer – Westminster, CO Jennifer, of Westminster, shares her health story. After a car accident, Jennifer struggled with migraines, back pain, depression and anxiety. She describes the difficulties not being able to care for  her family and the impact integrated care had on her recovery. “It was very very depressing for me to go from […]

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Sara

Sara – Denver, CO Sara is a family nurse practitioner in Denver. She talks about the challenges associated with serving a refugee population and the importance of cultural competency. “We come from a perspective of Western medicine… [We have to] learn where they are coming from. What does hypertension mean to somebody from Nepal? We don’t really know.”

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Pat

Pat – Basalt, CO Pat, of Basalt, shares his health story. After a tragic spinal cord injury he became depressed and turned to alcohol. Under the careful eye of his primary care physician, Pat connected with a trainer, nutritionist, and behavioral health coach. The integrated approach helped Pat reach goals and set new sights for […]

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Katie

Katie – Lamar, CO Katie, of Lamar, shares her health story. After her husband’s passing, she struggled with grief, depression, and substance abuse. Fortunately, Katie now has an excellent relationship with her therapist and is doing much better. “I got connected with my therapist, my substance abuse therapist, through my domestic violence therapist and my […]

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Sarah

Sarah – Colorado Springs, CO Sarah, a behavioral health provider in Colorado Springs, describes integrated care in her geriatric clinic. At their clinic, they have worked to tweak the “co-visit” to help both patients and their families. “Her family [wasn’t] understanding how she was experiencing the world. And the provider and I were able to […]

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Cheryl

Cheryl – Chaffee County Cheryl describes her experience working with her two siblings to identify a quality long term health care facility for their mother who has dementia.  While there was information available to assist them, Cheryl and her siblings found themselves in a very demanding situation. “What I think was sad about that, though, […]

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Jonathan

Jonathan – Denver, CO Jonathan, a young man living in Denver, describes his experience supporting his fiancé as she battled Lyme disease. It is a rare disease in the Rocky Mountain region and there are a limited number of providers able to provide adequate care for treatment. “My perception was that the doctor would kind of […]

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