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'That is So Very Backward. You Can Have Access and Still Not Have Access'

'That is So Very Backward. You Can Have Access and Still Not Have Access'

Alissa Steward and Terilyn Harris are both juniors at Mizzou and are also roommates. While they live together now, they come from very different hometowns. Alissa is from El Dorado Springs, Missouri, which has a population of approximately 3,500 and Terilyn is from Atlanta.

They spoke about the differences and similarities that exist when it comes to access to healthcare in their hometowns.

'The One's Who Cannot Afford It, They're in a Deep, Dark Crack'

'The One's Who Cannot Afford It, They're in a Deep, Dark Crack'

Christina Jackson, along with her mother, Paula, and sister, Andrea, met me at an event called “The Art of the Scar” that was hosted by the Missouri Kidney Program in September.

Christina was diagnosed with lupus after high school, and then following issues with insurance coverage, she experienced kidney failure, numerous seizures, a stroke and a kidney transplant in her twenties

The family spoke about some of the ways they would like to see the healthcare industry change.

'Laugh Through Life the Best as You Can'

'Laugh Through Life the Best as You Can'

Christina Jackson, along with her mother, Paula, and sister, Andrea, met me at an event called “The Art of the Scar” that was hosted by the Missouri Kidney Program in September.

Christina was diagnosed with lupus after high school, and then following issues with insurance coverage, she experienced kidney failure, numerous seizures, dialysis, a stroke and a kidney transplant in her twenties

The family spoke about what they have learned from Christina and her experiences, and how they have dealt with it as a family. Christina is now healthy and graduated from college in December 2017.

Mental Health and Disability: 'I Was Depressed Before the Blindness'

Mental Health and Disability: 'I Was Depressed Before the Blindness'

DeAnna Quietwater Noriega and Gretchen Maune, who’s a friend of mine, both live in Columbia and are blind.

They recently spoke about some of their health conditions that exist separately from their blindness and about some of the additional barriers they come up against in the health care system as a result of their blindness.

'Your E.R. Doctor Should Not Be the Person You Get Your General Medications From'

'Your E.R. Doctor Should Not Be the Person You Get Your General Medications From'

Megan Anderson and Samantha Dyroff are both medical students at the University of Missouri. They also both work with MedZou, a student-run health clinic here in town, and hold positions within the organization. They spoke about some of the barriers – including insurance coverage – that their patients face.

'One of My Biggest Worries is that I'm Not Going to Even Get to Say Goodbye Because You Can't Hear Me'

'One of My Biggest Worries is that I'm Not Going to Even Get to Say Goodbye Because You Can't Hear Me'

Lonnie Kessler and Kimberly Ruiz are a couple that lives in Moberly. Lonnie has intractable epilepsy and Kimberly is a disabled vet - and they both advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana in the state.

They sat down at the Little Dixie Regional Library in Moberly, and spoke about their relationship and about how both of them having disabilities has influenced and strengthened their relationship.

'I Knew That I Couldn't Lose Weight Through Salads and Sit-ups'

'I Knew That I Couldn't Lose Weight Through Salads and Sit-ups'

Charley Joe Kallman is a resident of Pulaski County, Missouri, and he decided years ago that he wanted to make a change – he weighed more than 400 pounds, but was having trouble getting his insurance company to approve gastric bypass surgery.

So Charley and his husband, Danny Kallman, decided to go a different route – medical tourism. Charlie ended up going to Mexico to have the procedure done, and he now weighs 186 pounds.

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