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Mia, Anna, Latrieva, Michael, Isaiah and Amy

Stories

Looking Beyond Stigma

Mia, Anna, Latrieva, Michael, Isaiah and Amy
Six people in Kalamazoo County share their experiences of stigma in our new video. Learn why they believe it’s time to #LookBeyond.

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Mia's Story

Stories

Looking Beyond Stigma

Mia's Story
Weighing just 2 pounds 14 ounces at birth, I began my life with many challenges – my mental health being my greatest challenge. I’ve spent my entire life trying to adapt and overcome those challenges.

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Mia's Story
Mia's Story

Weighing just 2 pounds 14 ounces at birth, I began my life with many challenges – my mental health being my greatest challenge. I’ve spent my entire life trying to adapt and overcome those challenges.

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Amy: The Label
Amy: The Label

I wrote this poem to express my frustration with the way that society wants to interact with my son. Often, he is treated as a collection of labels or diagnoses rather than an individual.

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Tina & Logan's Story
Tina & Logan's Story

My name is Tina and I am the mother of an amazingly loving and kind teenager, Logan. Logan likes to do lots of things in his community. He enjoys helping others, going camping, taking a car trip just about anywhere, and of course, taking a vacation!

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Michael's Recovery Story
Michael's Recovery Story

I was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 15, 1981. When I was a baby, I suffered atrial septal defect of the heart and was sick for the first three years of my life. In this time, I was prone to getting sick all the time and I was held back from school. When I first encountered stigma at an early age, I didn't understand why I was being treated this way.

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