My French Debut

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).

The ACA (Obamacare) Saved My Life

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.

I'm terrified.

Give my story (and millions of others) a voice.

Call your congresspeople.

Share this post.

❤️ Lydia

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.

Bonus tips:

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. 

 

Know Your Reproductive Rights: Are you paying for birth control?

Know Your Reproductive Rights: Are you paying for birth control?

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. 

My 2016 Highlights

My 2016 Highlights

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.