#2: Single parent struggles to comply with their treatment plan for diabetes and high blood pressure. How Social Determinants of Health can have devastating consequences.

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Meet Jo. Jo is a single mother with two, school-aged kids at home. They live in a suburban area where healthcare resources are pretty plentiful. However, Jo still has a hard time getting in to see her doctor. She works full-time during the week and also waits tables on some…

#1: Schizophrenic Husband & Agoraphobic Wife Need to Travel 100 Miles roundtrip for Prescription Maintenance — An Access to Care Crisis

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Gather ‘round, kids. Come sit around the fire and I will tell you a tale.

Once, there was a young man who dropped out of high school to become the only thing he ever wanted to be: A soldier. He joined the United States Army at the tender age of seventeen and went to off to serve in Germany during the Vietnam War. …

Is our healthcare system leaving you behind?

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I often hesitate to tell people I work in healthcare. Usually when I open that door people feel compelled to share their list of grievances with me. Americans have lots of good reasons to be frustrated with our healthcare system. It’s convoluted and confusing. They use jargon most laypeople don’t…

How we broke a generations-long practice of women running ourselves into the ground.

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I grew up in a house with an angry, bitter, stressed out, exhausted mom. I can’t remember a day of that woman’s life when she was happy. All she did was complain. And, I guess I would’ve complained, too, if I had her life. I never wanted to be like…

Real talk about our mental health challenges.

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Disaster fatigue is a form of emotional exhaustion that happens when our brains are bombarded with bad news. We feel stress, anger, loss of control over our lives, helpless or hopeless. …

And how to help kids deal with mixed messages.

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Being a step parent to two teenage daughters comes with some natural challenges, as one might expect. The pandemic has brought forth a new and unexpected struggle: one parent believes in science. The other is an antivaxxer. Drama ensues.

The question of whether or not to vaccinate the children is…

The “Other Three Little Words” — And When To Use Them.

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m going to go ahead and tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with the phrase “hurt people hurt people”. I get that we tend to hurt others because we are in pain ourselves. It’s hard to be nice when you’re angry, stressed…

How America’s trust issues are illustrated in our public health data.

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The experts agree, the way to achieve herd immunity for Coronavirus in the United States is for everyone to get vaccinated. Programs are rolling out all over the country to get the vaccine out to the public, but the reception has been surprisingly mixed.

A pharmacist was fired from a…

How to survive when the world is on fire, and keep your sanity. (mostly)

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“Before enlightenment chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment chop wood, carry water.” ~ Zen Proverb

Chop wood, carry water is a Zen Proverb that has many meanings. Zen Buddhists believe suffering is part of our human experience we must work to eliminate. As we heal our own suffering, we can heal the world. Enlightenment is the goal of the Buddhist path. It is a state…

How to Identify the Primary Root of this Secondary Emotion.

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Fear, frustration, disappointment, anxiety, guilt, grief, pain… Anger comes along with feelings such as these. Loss of control, envy or feeling disrespected can bring out the worst in us. But, why?

It’s important to understand anger is a secondary emotion. It is a reaction to another feeling like betrayal or…

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College educated, foul-mouthed, tattooed, employed, opinionated, nasty woman. Advocate, activist and voice for the underserved. I make people uncomfortable.

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