A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health

A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health


so my discussion today I just have
questions it’s very much an open conversation tell me examples of how you feel when
you go to a hospital tell me what frustrations are tell me about great
experiences you’ve had that’s the sort of thing that will be
talking about today you know the doctor asked you to say so have you ever did any sexual activity do
any recreational drugs and I’m just here Like and then its just like.. my mom’s not in the room, now my mom doesn’t go to the doctors but I still feel like you know
like like my moms like behind my back and if I say certain things like she’s
gonna go back but even though they said there’s confidentiality I don’t know
what the dr feel like I don’t know something about them makes it feel like
they’re gonna go tell your mom so you’re just like no whatever it is it’s in the back of your head like you’re not going to say so in my community the newcomers comes
especially ladies you know to talk for their you know some some diseases like
breast cancer menopause they are not open in my
country this like you know very shameful to talk
about breast cancer I don’t want to be negative because i’m
very happy that we have our OHIP ok but you go to the doctor and you get a
prescription there’s nothing to say what do you do to
stay healthy illness is becoming an industry some people oh I i cannot go to the
doctor to the doctor you know I can’t unless the the daughter or somebody in
the family can speak English for them but not everybody is always available
for them What I find with most doctors who don’t know me very well is they don’t talk to me they talk to my mother if a paramedic is looking at me like i’m a freak or something what kind of care am I getting in that ambulance. if i’m experiencing maybe a heart attack or some things and these are
things or stories that I’ve read where a trans women of color has died of a heart
attack because none of the paramedics did any life stuff one of the worst statements I’ve ever
heard in the medical system is this is how we’ve always done it and this is how it’s going to be and so
when I hear that I literally always take a deep breath and going ok here we go and they sit just like this they were writing
and they have this thing where they put their glasses on here then they like your flicked it up and they look over the eyeglasses and they like uh that’s all I understand that you’re a specialist
but you also have to take into account that i have a life you know and
sometimes these some of the doctors who are specialists have this thing that
their God so when you go to them you have to wait to see them and I mean if you’re taking a compassion into account look at our look at our lives some of
don’t I travel on wheel trends I can’t afford to miss my ride because
then I don’t get home what i what will attract me is that when
i will enter the first person as i said earlier should be welcoming and polite
and secondly when you you have a glance you can notice that things are you know
discipline in order and people are like looks like professional and and neatness give eye contact like you know a lot of the women in the room today I’ve said like we’re people and you know like when somebody looks us in the
eyes and says either you know what okay we got this i understand or I don’t
get it please tell me in to give a good eye
contact she actually wanted to be educated about you know she knew about trans but she want to individualize that as me as a person and get to know
me and it allowed me to feel comfortable to talk about maybe health
issues or be able to take my clothes off because my body I always felt my body felt different just helping to kill the stigma
that’s out there with with the natives and again with mental health and
addiction that that does have a huge title above our head and yeah it does still follow us make us feel like loved i’ll say because like it’s not all the time like you could find love at home today’s illness is not just a physical
illnesses there are deep-rooted things and especially in a diverse community
where people have come and they have scars they have dramas they have memories they are settlement
problems so it’s just not the physical illnesses that are ailing the women recognize that I am a person with a disability but i’m also the same as everybody else I’m a woman I have the same same issues that every woman does but
just remember that we’re not all the same when they talk like nicely and calmly and they satisfy you then half of the diseases is gone that time

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