My Healthcare Story is a project from the University of Massachusetts Amherst senior, Kate Pecora. This space is uniquely curated to highlight the differences and similarities across the United States as they relate to access, affordability, and quality of healthcare. Through her travels across the country in search of those who have experienced disparities in healthcare, outrageous medical bills, and the stories of care that touch each edge of the nation, Kate will bring the faces of healthcare to the forefront of the conversation. To change the future of healthcare, we all must use our voices, share our stories, and demand a better system.
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It is perhaps the greatest public health crisis of modern times. The opioid epidemic has ripped through families across the United States with unprecedented speed and destruction. Overdoses, primarily caused by heroin and synthetic opioids laced with fentanyl, have led to over 400,000 deaths in the past 20 years. Nearly everyone has been touched in one… Read more
After a few weeks hoping the mysterious symptoms might go away with time, Doug gave in and visited a nearby urgent care clinic. He had his first-ever echocardiogram, which would become the first drop in a waterfall of bad news. “The doctor came back in and said, ‘You can’t do anything. You can’t go up… Read more
You would think that diagnosis would be the easy part of starting a medical journey. After going to a doctor and rattling off your symptoms, they would narrow it down and come up with the underlying cause of your illness. Hopefully, they would be able to treat you. For Tara, the road to diagnosis wasn’t… Read more
In the quaint town of Sparta, New Jersey, I had the opportunity to meet with three passionate advocates for local seniors. At Knoll Communities, a senior living center with Section 8 housing, these advocates are committed to providing affordable housing options to the growing senior population. They are guided by the principles of respecting senior’s dignity… Read more
Sharing your story is imperative to reaching the goals of this project. Please consider sharing yours.