Story Bank

Carolynn’s Story

“[Making sure I still had] a job at the end of my recovery . . . [was] my concern, not surviving cancer.”

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Josefa’s Story

“Sometimes when [either I or my daughter] got sick, I had to miss work and my boss would get upset, saying, “If you can’t work, or don’t want to work, then it’s best if I look for another person.”

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Lisa’s Story

“As a single mother and sole provider in my house, getting sick was not an option for me.”

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Jerrilyn’s Story

“I know when it’s my time to die and I think back about my life, I won’t give a damn whether I was at work or not, but I will care that I was with my dad. . . Work is important, but not as important as my family, my children, my husband. Those are the things that count in life. . . I had my dad for 94 years. . . I’m fortunate that I was able to be with him when he was sick. Everyone should be able to do that.”

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Armando’s Story

Trabaje por tres años y media en una gasolinera. Yo trabajaba 7 días a la semana.  Cada tres meses me daba un día de descanso y no días pagados cuando me enfermaba. Cuando yo estaba enferma yo tenía que ir

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Leah’s Story

January 2014, my son, Lawrence Taylor Pimentel (LTP), suffered from a red zone asthma attack, and would have died if I wasn’t able to use my paid sick days. Many nights, Lawrence’s screams could be heard in the once-silent Kaiser

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Mary’s Story

I am the Statewide organizer of Parent Voices, a parent-led, parent-run grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families.   In 2009 I had my first son, Noah.  That was the first time I took

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Lin’s Story

Early in 2012 my family and I were happy and excited to welcome a new grandbaby, but three weeks after delivery, my daughter was back in the hospital with MRSA.  She proudly serves in the US Air Force and with

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Blue’s Story

In the spring of 2006, I received two phone calls while away from home at a conference. The first call informed me that my mother of 92 years would require a second amputation. The second call informed me that my

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Art’s story

“I keep showing them my hospital papers so they’ll know I’m sick…I’m in danger of being evicted and losing my apartment. Now I’m seeing a therapist because I’m stressed and depressed because I don’t know how I’m going to get my rent paid or my bills paid.”

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