Stories from Arapahoe County

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Angela – Littleton, CO

AngelaC - Littleton, COAngela, 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 face. Because I knew that I had taken every preventable measure possible. I felt like my gut was being pulled in many different directions.”


Bebe – Littleton, CO

Bebe, who works in Littleton, CO shares her health story. She talks about her role as the Executive Director of Doctors Care and the impacts of safety net clinics in Colorado.

“The safety net, as we continue on, is going to be the better guide.  It is not going to change the fact that there are sick people and well people, but when you add that [existing barriers connecting to poverty] all together the safety net is prepared to be the better guide…”


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 can miss work.”


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.”


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. “


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.”



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. “


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.”


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.”