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Tammy's Story

Stories

Looking Beyond Stigma

Tammy's Story
Some illnesses aren’t visible on the outside, but are very real to the person experiencing them. Tammy reminds us to #LookBeyond assumptions.

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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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