Author Archives: Colorado HealthStory

Carolyn and William

Carolyn & William – Chaffee County Carolyn, a resident of Chaffee County, was in need of finding a provider that could help rehabilitate her body.   She is referred to William, a massage therapist in Chaffee County, and not only does she begin to regain physical mobility but she experiences personal growth. William: “One day Carolyn […]

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Angela

Angela – Chaffee County Angela, a young woman living in Salida, had been experiencing a number of chronic symptoms including pain and nausea for a long period of time but was unable to access appropriate care because of lack of insurance and affordability.  Due to recent changes in eligibility she was able to enroll in […]

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Sharon

Sharon – Castle Rock, CO Sharon of Castle Rock shares her experience responding to her husband’s sudden heart attack.  She speaks about the importance of having family and friends supportive and present throughout such a crisis. “What I’ve discovered about myself is that I’m not doing stuff alone.  I’m not hesitating, you know, there are […]

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Sandie

Sandie – Ft. Collins, CO Sandie, of Fort Collins, shares her personal transformation story. After years of yo-yo dieting and unhealthy habits, Sandie was able to lose more than 50 lbs and get off both her cholesterol and blood pressure medication. With her employer’s support, a weight counselor, friends and family, and a trainer, Sandie […]

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Deb

Deb – Colorado Springs, CO Deb, of El Paso County, spent years experiencing pain. She worked unsuccessfully with medical staff who were unable to discover the root of her illness. And as she experienced, they failed to take the right measures to support her. “There was another clinic that I went to that they would […]

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Denali

Denali – Denver, CO Denali, of Denver, shares her story of a serious ski accident and the subsequent search for quality care while covered under her family’s military health plan.  Although she was able to access the military system, her care lacked consistency and coordination. “I kept having these spasms and nobody really knew what […]

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Irene

Irene – Fort Morgan, CO Irene, of Fort Morgan, works full time but her job is unable to offer health insurance. She shares her story of enrolling in CICP and the difficulty finding a provider who accepted it. “When I hurt my knee, I was trying to figure out where to see a doctor, how […]

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Clint

Clint – Fort Collins, CO Clint, a City of Fort Collins employee, shares his journey to a healthier lifestyle after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol in his twenties. “Because, with me, you couldn’t have forced me to do it until I was ready…and for me it was really being scared.  It was like, I can’t believe […]

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Karen

Karen – Fort Collins, CO Karen, a public health nurse in Larimer County, does home visits for new moms and babies on Medicaid.  She recalls the story of how she helped a family recover after the loss of their baby. “I struggled with why this outcome was the way it was, if I felt like I got there in […]

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Sarah

Sarah – Colorado Springs, CO Sarah, a registered nurse in Colorado Springs, shares her story of giving birth to her first child. She experienced unfortunate and unpredictable circumstances during and after her medically induced delivery. “The moment we got home, my husband called 9-1-1 because I was having seizures.”  

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Scott and Diane

Scott and Diane – Thorton, CO Scott and Diane are married and have two teenage girls. Their private small company employers recently decided to stop offering health insurance options to employees. Suddenly faced with new health issues, the couple has experienced great difficulty locating an affordable health insurance option that would give Scott access to the prescription he […]

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Chris

Chris – Colorado Springs, CO Chris is a Vietnam veteran with multiple serious health conditions including hearing loss.  He moved to Colorado Springs and immediately found himself needing medical assistance. He shares his experience navigating various health care settings in order to become healthy and work again. “When I came to Colorado I had had […]

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Michelle

Michelle – Colorado Springs, CO Michelle is a Physician Assistant at a clinic in Colorado Springs who discusses her commitment to “whole person” care. She shares a particular story about treating a woman from this holistic perspective, the impact it had on her patient’s life. “It was nice to see that a lot of different […]

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Brittany

Brittany – Colorado Springs, CO Brittany, a single mother in Colorado Springs, shares her story of receiving treatment for free through the aid of a local organization. After giving birth five years ago, Brittany developed a painful hernia that she was unable to have treated. The necessary medical procedure was too expensive for her to […]

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John

John – Durango, CO John, a medical student in Denver, CO who did his rural rotation in Durango, shares his story about how developed a passion for medicine. He talks about his time volunteering in the Chiapas region in Mexico, and the similar struggles of chronic disease and poor access to care amongst citizens in […]

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Daniel

Daniel – Denver. CO Daniel, of Denver, CO, shares his and his wife’s health story. At five months pregnant, they were struck by devastating news. Daniel tells their emotional journey of extreme sadness and incredible strength. “…they ended up doing an MRI and I remember her coming out and saying the baby had been kicking […]

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Theresia

Theresia – Colorado Springs, CO Theresia, previously gainfully employed, shares her story about losing her job and the affect it had on managing her chronic health issues. She describes needing assistance and the impact of a safety net clinic. “I’ve just kind of learned to be honest, say that there was a need and hold […]

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Marjorie

Marjorie – Colorado Springs, CO Marjorie is a mother living in Colorado Springs who describes her experience navigating the independent health insurance system to ensure her preventative procedures were covered. “I could have called in [to the grievance panel review] but I think sometimes it’s a lot harder to say no…to someone to their face.”

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Kiri

Kiri – Fort Collins, CO Kiri tells her story of being diagnosed with breast cancer and her choice to use alternative treatment options. She illustrates the importance of being an engaged patient. “In 2010, I felt a lump in my breast, the same story many women have. Then you get swept into a process that very quickly did […]

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Michael

Michael – El Paso County Michael, a resident of El Paso county, speaks about seeking and receiving treatment for his escalating poor mental health condition. “The majority of the time you don’t want to ask for help, you don’t want them to know what’s going on.  You’re scared to ask for help.  But that’s the […]

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Nigel

Nigel – Colorado Springs, CO Nigel speaks about a clinic in El Paso county that went beyond normal expectations to provide considerate and quality care for his brother, a large man who struggled with receiving care due to fear of judgment and unaccommodating providers. “The respect and compassion that the clinic showed a huge man, […]

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Colton

Colton – Fort Collins, CO Colton shares his and his father’s health story of chronic Lyme disease and holistic approaches to health. Both he and his father struggled to get their insurance company to pay for alternative treatment methods. His experience has led him to pursue a career path in medicine. “This experience for me has … inspired me […]

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Dr. Larry

Larry – Fort Collins, CO Dr. Larry Kieft, an OB/GYN in Fort Collins, shares a story about learning how to handle adverse birth outcomes. He explains how forming a strong doctor-patient relationship can be done even in tragic circumstances, and these relationships can help both the doctor and the patient heal and move forward together. “… out […]

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Rafael

Rafael – Colorado Springs, CO Rafael, a Colorado Springs resident and Army veteran, was shot while he was in his home and ended up receiving quality emergency care while he was uninsured. “I think health care should work for the people.  Not for the organizations or the companies.”

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John

John – Colorado Springs, CO John, a resident of Colorado Springs for nearly a decade, shares his experience overcoming a traumatic personal experience and mental health issues with the support of a counselor at a local clinic. “Overnight it was all different.  Every area [the clinic] has taken care of.  You know, I’ve had several […]

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