Author Archives: Colorado HealthStory

Dr. Carl

Dr. Carl Clark – Denver, CO Dr. Carl Clark, a mental health provider in Denver, describes his father’s struggle with bi-polar disorder.  He tells his father’s story of diagnosis and recovery and its impact on his personal career choice. “I didn’t know my dad had a mental illness.  I thought all dads were full of […]

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The Immigrant Women’s Health Stories Project

Here at Colorado HealthStory we’ve been making an effort every Friday on our Facebook page and Twitter to recognize other story-collecting projects.  This week we highlighted The Immigrant Women’s Health Stories Project from the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning. This project really resonated with us because we’ve just begun collecting stories in the Denver metro area.  Check […]

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An Athlete’s Recovery

This month, our featured newsletter story was about Carlos, a Summit County resident broke his neck while playing high school football.  Despite the quick response of his coach and athletic trainer, his shattered C4 and C5 vertebrae left him initially paralyzed from the neck down.  Carlos took his recovery of his incomplete quadriplegia into his own […]

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A Mother’s Choice

This week our Featured Story is about Maya, an Aurora resident living with diabetes.  Maya recently had to choose between insuring herself or insuring her children.  She did the math, and to be able to afford her insulin, made the tough decision to purchase health insurance for herself and leave her kids uncovered.  She explained, […]

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Maya

Maya – Aurora, CO Maya, an Aurora resident living with diabetes, shares her story about a time in her life when she had to choose between insuring herself or insuring her children. “My physician is asking me why I am not coming to the doctor’s.  And I’m telling her it’s because I don’t feel I […]

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Betty

Hola mi nombre es Betty Sarber y quiero compartir mi historia con ustedes.  Yo soy sobreviviente de Cancer de seno.  Una de las experiencias que quisiera compartir con ustedes es lo difícil que es tratar de obtener un seguro médico cuando se tiene una condición pre-existente.  Mi esposo y yo estuvimos cambiando de trabajos en […]

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Jeff

Hola mi nombre es Jeff Powell y vivo en Silverthorne, Colorado.  Mi historia comienza cuando me encontraba en plena juventud, en mis veintes.  Yo era un joven atleta y mi condición física era muy importante para mí.  Esto cambió cuando contraje una hernia en mi espalda a la edad de 28, desde ese entonces comencé […]

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Colorado Community Health Network Newsletter

Thanks to the Colorado Community Health Network for featuring Colorado HealthStory in their October newsletter!  Read about their health center news, policy update, CHAMPS update, CCMCN and CCHN updates, and upcoming events.  We’re on page 7! CCHN October Newsletter (PDF)

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Juana

Juana – Summit County, CO Juana, of Summit County, CO, shares her story of navigating the Medicaid system after unexpected pregnancy complications. “I saved money for all of the payments, the prenatal visits, the labs, everything; and for what the baby would need and all.  But, I didn’t plan on extra savings … and then […]

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Donna

Donna – Rocky Ford, CO Donna, of Rocky Ford, CO, shares her story of her husband’s head injury.  She talks about how difficult it was to put him in an assisted living home, and about the importance of patient knowledge.  She recognizes that in the current health care system, good doctors are over worked and […]

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Summit County Forum

Thank you so much to everyone who attended last week’s Summit County Community Forum in Frisco.  As many of you are aware, we are nearing the end of our pilot phase, and all of your participation and feedback is essential to the success of our project. During our forum we played three stories from our […]

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Terry

Terry -Rocky Ford, CO Terry, of Rocky Ford, CO, is the business manager for her husband’s private practice.  He is a nurse practitioner, and her story describes their small town patient population. “There are people, groups of people, or groups of families that share one car, one driver.  Those people will call us and say, […]

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Richard and Bette Faith

Richard and Bette Faith – Rocky Ford, CO Richard and Bette Faith, residents of Rocky Ford, CO, share their story of Bette’s COPD and their gratitude for Tricare and Medicare assistance. “We’ve been married 26 years and been through a lot of health problems together over those 26 years.”

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Ken and Charlette

Ken and Charlette – Rocky Ford, CO Ken and Charlette, residents of Rocky Ford, CO, share their stories of health care access and navigating the current system. “I tell you what really irritates me, if we get a divorce, she could get Medicaid.  But we can’t get no help because we make just a few dollars […]

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Jacque

Jacque – Rocky Ford, CO Jacque of La Junta, CO shares her health story.  She describes her experience with multiple sclerosis; the diagnostic process, living with disease, and applying for disability. “I’m not defined by my disease; I’m defined by what I can do.”

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Lisa

Lisa – Rocky Ford, CO Lisa, a resident of La Junta, CO, tells her and her daughter’s health stories.  She describes her battle with chronic disease, her daughter’s personal transformation, and their relationship with their provider. “A lot of the health care I’ve just relied on what I can get here in the clinic and I’m […]

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Tesfahunega

Tesfahunega – Aurora, CO Tesfahunega, an Aurora resident and member of the Ethiopian community describes his battle with congestive heart failure and no insurance.  He claims he uses the Emergency Room to seek treatment feels hurt by the lack of empathy amongst health care workers. “And nobody cares, the way I see it they don’t […]

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Jeff

Jeff – Summit County, CO Jeff is a Summit County resident who shares his story of depression, self-medication, and recovery.  He acknowledges the great work of his doctor and appreciates all of the progress he has made in the past several years. I feel like a really good person again because I was feeling worthless […]

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Lamine

Lamine – Summit County, CO Lamine is an immigrant from Senegal, and a Summit County resident, who helps interpret and assist with paperwork for his community members.  He tells a story of his community members too scared of health care bills to seek out medical assistance. I remember a friend of mine was waiting until the […]

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Dave

Dave – Summit County, CO Dave, a resident of Summit County, explains his relationship with his local clinic after losing his job.  He is thankful for the care they provide at reasonable rates. “It’s… quality care for a reduced price, because of the fact we’re taking into consideration you aren’t making as much money as […]

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Dr. Chris

Dr. Chris – Summit County, CO Dr. Chris is a pediatrician in Summit County.  She tells the story of owning her own practice and the difficulties of providing care. If we have a big flu epidemic then we do have better revenue and we’re able to buy needed equipment or upgrade things around the office.  […]

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Michelle

Michelle – Summit County, CO Michelle, a public health nurse in Summit County, talks about education and prevention in health care.  She tells the story of a woman who died of cancer because she never had a pap smear, despite having several children. “The general rule of a public health nurse, you act as a […]

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Carlos

Carlos – Summit County, CO Carlos, a Summit County resident, talks about breaking his neck while playing high school football. He speaks about his subsequent care and rehabilitation. “I would just be dreaming about running.  In my dream I would just freeze, then I would realize I was waking up because I’m paralyzed.”

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Debbi Jo

Debbi Jo – Summit County, CO Debbi Jo, a 29 year resident of Summit County, talks about her difficulties gaining access to health care after changing jobs. “All the sudden [I] found myself without employment and without health insurance.  Which is very disappointing after paying 35 years of insurance premiums.”

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Erich

Erich – Summit, CO Eric is a thyroid cancer survivor and Summit County resident.  He talks about his struggle to receive proper care and the difficulty in moving forward with his treatment. “The biggest disappointment I would say is the way that I as a patient felt I was treated when I was applying for these […]

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