Just found out I have “obesity”

June 25th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Just found out I have "obesity"

Have you heard? Obesity (aka: having too much body fat) is now being classified as a disease, by the American Medical Association. Now, I’ve read the arguments for this decision: they want “policy makers and insurers to take this epidemic seriously”, and to get health care providers to “promote access to prevention, treatment and comprehensive coverage determinations.”  – Ok. Yes. Both […]

Figuring out the skin I’m in (Part 2)

June 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Figuring out the skin I’m in (Part 2)

Ok. Let me warn you: This subject is very confusing! While researching all the terms, medication, and diagnosis that have been thrown my way, I’ve changed my mind about writing this twice. But my hope is this will reach the next person who googles their skin condition, and maybe they wont feel so alone. —– […]

Figuring out the skin I’m in (Part 1)

June 4th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Figuring out the skin I'm in (Part 1)

Earlier this year, in the midst of producing a story on my path to U.S. citizenship, I began getting what looked like pimples on my chest. Uninsured and super busy, I ignored them, hoping that like pimples, they would simply go away. But they spread, and soon I had “pimples” on my chest, stomach, and […]

No Health Insurance? I Consider My Option

July 25th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays, Videos

No Health Insurance? I Consider My Option

For quite some time I have wanted to vent my frustrations about not having health insurance–as that has meant googling symptoms and heading to the nearest pharmacy whenever I feel a cold coming on. However, venting alone is never productive, so I decided to find some folks who could relate. In my last vlog I […]

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  • Conversations by the pool

    Met two women from Toronto by the pool. After we exchanged pleasantries for a bit, they asked about #Ferguson— they’ve been watching news about it all week, they said. I told them about #EricGarner (they hadn’t heard about him). They informed me someone else was killed by police in St Louie last night (need to fact check that). We bonded in our frustration and helplessness as the Costa Rican sun hit our face. They said they hoped this moment was our generations civil rights movement. I agreed, then got up to get a drink.

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    In this beautiful place wondering why it took me so long to come here. As with most things the answer is fear. Being that’s it’s Central America, more specifically the fear of being kidnapped or raped. A fear I can’t help but wonder if my fellow nomad-male-friends think about. Hate that I take comfort in the fact, most rapes are committed by someone you know. Ok. Going to stop thinking about this while on vacation.

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    How can you be in solidarity with Furguson? Support organizers on the ground: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sOX4RNO5CPQp4zMUvosoWPNu_fuencZNI1nmCcRuUag/mobilebasic?pli=1&viewopt=127

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