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Betty

Betty- Summit County, CO

Betty is a breast cancer survivor and Summit County resident.  She talks about access to health care and the inability to get health insurance when you have a preexisting condition

“If I hadn’t had a preexisting condition I would have dropped it, but I knew theoretically that if I ever dropped it I couldn’t get back on another policy…because that’s the way it works today.”

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John and Gerry

John and Gerry – Rocky Ford, CO

John and Gerry, father-son residents of Rocky Ford, CO, share their family’s struggles with mental health.  They speak about trust issues with providers and the importance of first impressions and second chances with mental health patients.

“When you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor you don’t want to tell them.  It could be something critical and you’re afraid to even talk to them because you think you’re going to get judged.”

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Arnie

Arnie – Summit County, CO

Arnie is a Dillon resident who was misdiagnosed with MS instead of diabetes.  He talks about his experience and subsequent more positive interactions with the local clinic.

“The ideal scenario to me would be more equality in health care.  To where regardless of your income you were able to get quality health care without having to jump through hoops without having to beg.”

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Manley

Manley – Denver, CO

Manley is a Denver resident who taught in Aurora Public Schools for over 15 years. After implementing lifestyle changes recommended by his doctor, he lost over 50 pounds. He talks about this journey and his desire to help others achieve similar results.

” Ten years ago, I weighed 50lbs more than I do now, and my blood pressure was very high and so was my cholesterol level and I wasn’t leading the greatest of lifestyles.”

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Mariana

Mariana – Aurora, CO

Mariana is an Aurora resident who recently had her second child. She battled with post-partum depression after her pregnancy. She speaks about her challenges and calls upon all of us to embrace mental health as a critical healthcare issue.

” We need to acknowledge how big of an issue, how big of a problem mental illness is in our community.  And it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what language you speak.  It is something that affects everybody. “

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This Aurora resident shares her experience about getting care at a local community health clinic after becoming pregnant at the age of 35.

“I was already … 35, and I had been divorced for a few years, dating a guy for only six months, and on the pill and I become pregnant.  My boss let me go … So here I am on unemployment, pregnant, single, no health insurance.”

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Cerise

Cerise – Denver, CO

Cerise, a Denver resident tells the story about mother’s positive experience within the health care system.  She praises the local clinic her mother attends for their culturally proficient service and was impressed by the promotion of health equality within Colorado.

“And I was utterly amazed at the level and quality of care that she has received.  Her provider has taken the time to really understand and hear her story… She feels empowered as a consumer not feeling that she is bound to a system and has to bow down to their needs, but really treated like an individual who deserves adequate health care. “

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Barb

Barb – Aurora, CO

Barb is an Aurora community member who is actively involved in Aurora Health Access and other community initiatives. She describes her bout with cancer and heart disease.

“I don’t know what countries like Great Britain, Canada do, but I do see the pros and cons of national healthcare.  I hope it helps people.  And its not that I want to see this as a socialized country, but we need to make sure that everyone has health which to me is a human right.”

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An Aurora resident tells the story about her neighbor with mental health issues.  Despite she and other neighbors’ attempts at help, there is little they can do.  This Aurora resident wants to be part of the solution rather than just complaining about the problem Colorado faces with mental health care.

“We have to address the issue, and it shouldn’t be prison. And I know that that seems to be what our society is doing these days with the mentally ill, they go to prison and they certainly aren’t getting help… if there are solutions, if there is something else I can do, please tell me.  Because I will make as many phone calls as I need to make to fundamentally try to help this woman. “

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Mesele

Mesele – Aurora, CO

Mesele from Aurora tells his HealthStory

Mesele is an Aurora resident and part of the Ethiopian Community. He is having a very difficult time managing his diabetes because he cannot afford health insurance.

“Healthy means if you go to hospital and they do check-up, you’re healthy.  But if you don’t go, we don’t know anything.”

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Myrenna

Myrenna – Aurora, CO

Myrenna is an Aurora resident who fought for her son’s proper Asperger’s diagnosis and school placement. After several years of doctor’s visits, extensive paperwork, and conversations with school officials, she finally got him the help he deserved.  Now she hopes to increase awareness by sharing her HealthStory.

“The doctors in particular need to be educated in the knowledge that you have to be very careful how you communicate with children who have a developmental disability… children do get misdiagnosed because they won’t always understand.  My advice is EDUCATE YOURSELF.”

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