I grieved for my country as I had not grieved since the terror of 9/11 on the day I saw my country turn its back on the "tired and tempest-tossed," on the day Liberty's lamp was snuffed out. And I grieve yet as history repeats.
The day after I posted this video, a French journalist working for France Info (kind of like the French version of NPR) requested an interview for an article she was writing about the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I gratefully accepted the opportunity to share my story. The original article is in French so I've included a screenshot of the translation. You can read the article in its entirety here (with the use of a translator app).
Dear family, friends and supportive strangers,
In March 2009 I had plans to jump in front of a NYC subway train.
I have bipolar disorder.
I could not afford medication or therapy.
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) changed that.
But now our government wants to take away my lifesaving care.
Give my story (and millions of others) a voice.
Call your congresspeople.
Share this post.
Join me in calling the people we pay to represent us in Congress this week. If you've benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, tell your congresspeople why; let them know access to affordable care matters. If the current health care law has negatively impacted you, tell your congresspeople why and how they can make it better.
Why a potentially intimidating phone call? It's the most powerful way to make your voice heard short of visiting congresspeople in person. It's not as bad as you might think, and in less than 30 seconds you'll feel like a superhero! Find your representative here and your senators here.
Call your congressperson's district office instead of their DC office. You'll be less likely to experience a long hold time and you'll have a better chance of speaking to someone who is an authentic local in your community.
Prepare a script with a personal touch. It can be difficult to know what to say, so write it down. This post includes a couple of sample scripts, but be sure to include any personal examples if you have them.
On December 29, 2016, I had my Fallopian tubes completely removed because I've decided to remain child free. It feels like a great burden has been lifted and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. In the coming weeks, I'll be writing about why I made this choice, what the procedure was like, and how I've battled my insurance company for the coverage I am rightfully owed by law. I am passionate about reproductive rights and believe that women cannot achieve equality without gaining control over our own bodies. Below you'll find information about how to obtain no-cost birth control.
Sooooo yeah, it’s been a rough year, not least because I’m one of the many women who has been sexually assaulted and harassed, and now live in a country where a man accused of assaulting at least a dozen women (and boasted about it) was just handed the nation's top job. After making my way through the 5 stages of grief I decided to put together a list of a few favorite 2016 moments.
The setting for this post is fitting.
I sit here at my computer, with a kleenex stuffed up my nose, seeking comfort from a hodgepodge of my favorite clothes (all of which happen to be different patterns and prints in varying shades of green). I have a horrendous cold.
After a summer of mental health issues, I was finally starting to feel up to the challenge of a daily routine - then my physical health took a plunge. “It's not fair!” I whined to the patient husband I am eternally grateful for.
As I throw a medicinal cocktail at this cold, along with generous doses of tea and honey and strawberry popsicles, I think back to the medicine and therapy used to treat my bipolar disorder this summer. Though the depression and exhaustion made everyday tasks excruciatingly difficult at times, I was acutely aware the situation could have been much worse without proper care and medication.
I am 32 years old and it is only within the past 3 years that I have known what it is like to be healthy. I've spent much of my adult life without insurance, fighting to gain access to the care that would ultimately save my life and allow me to be the creative and vibrant person I am today.
During the years insurance companies were allowed to deny me coverage, for a preexisting condition, my only access to health care was low-income clinics. One of the clinics I owe an enormous debt to is Planned Parenthood. They were there in my most vulnerable moments.
If you have enjoyed following my creative pursuits, please consider helping me show my gratitude by making a donation to Planned Parenthood this holiday season. Join me in paying it forward for others who find themselves in desperate situations in these uncertain times. A minimum donation is only $5.
As a thank you for your donation, I would like to offer a painting of your choice from THIS section in my shop.
How it works:
• Make a donation to Planned Parenthood HERE
• Take a screenshot of your donation Thank You email, or forward the email to me at email@example.com
• Include the title or link to the painting you’d like along with your physical address
With great gratitude,