Resilient Voices

“I was going to do whatever it took to stay sober.”

I was born and raised here in Wisconsin, a Dodge County native—actually Beaver Dam. My parents had three girls: me, my sister, Nicolle, who’s nine years older than me, and my sister Natalie, who’s five years older than me. Photos by Kara Counard Content warning: This story contains references to substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. …

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“My mom trained me to believe I can make a difference.”

My father named me Sagashus, and he never let me forget what it meant: wise, shrewd, calculating. He knew what his lifestyle was—four generations of sex work, surrounded by drugs—and he saw something different for me. Photos by Megan Monday “By naming me Sagashus, he was giving me a direction and a vision to break …

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“It was a lot of sleepless nights, waiting for the surgery that would save his life.”

Tiffany: I grew up in a small town about 20 minutes outside of Green Bay called Luxemburg. We lived in a small trailer across the road from a farm. My mom was a bartender, so she worked nights, and my dad worked out of town a lot. Photos by Megan Monday We had a lot of babysitters …

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“There I was, a great grandmother going to college for the first time.”

When I was 12 years old, I developed an avid interest in reading stories about medical pioneers, even stories going back way into the 1800s. In those days they were just learning about disease and the way infections spread, and I found that fascinating. It got me interested in medicine at a young age. Photos …

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Jacob Bravely Faced Cancer. His Wish is For All of Us.

https://vimeo.com/221483234/6990728d42 As a kid facing cancer, Jacob needed support from his loving family and quality care from compassionate doctors. (And a little laughter…which went a long way in helping Jacob stand up to cancer, each and every day of his battle.) The painful truth is that a healthcare crisis can come out of nowhere and …

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