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Survivors have a story to tell. What happend in their lives, how they were able to change the outcome of their lives, and what resources may or may not have helped at the time. They may also share tidbits of what might have empowered them more so, had it existed at the time as well. This is their time to tell their story and share it with others, and perhaps serve as an inspiration to others who may be going through other similar situations. #Project1000000Voices is my efforts to provide a platform for as many voices as possible - especially those who are survivors!

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First time I talked to Sherly, she told me that she had once been a teacher but hasn't been able to work FT in decades. She has had Lymphedema since in the early 90s. She has difficulty fulfilling her life, difficulty in transportation. She has no way of getting a compression garment (which can cost $500) without having to choose between a garment or paying rent because her income is just that stressed already. Complicated by tumors (one removed and another that needs to removed). She has written her Represenative but hasn't had a response just yet. Hopefully, he'll get on board with the Lymphedema Treatment Act which will authorize Medicare to pay for the garment that helps to keep the lymphedema from getting worse, which causes so many other dominoing issues (like mobility, possible MS, and other diseases that stem from the damaged lymphatic systerm. In Texas, we have 3 co-sponsors for the Lymphedema Treatment Act, and we have many more to go. There are 4 bipartisan leads and 99 co-sponsors of the Lymphedemat Treatment Act across the United States. We really need about 200 co-sponsors for this bill to be passed in the House. We need your support to help the many Sheryl's out there with similar stories. Please go to the website to sign up being a Team Member in your State and go to the "How You Can Help" and send your legislators personalize letters. Listen to the show that we had on November 20th as well for some other call to actions that you can do to help. #LymphedemaTreatmentAct #LymphedemaStory #Project1000000Voice
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Mary is a good friend of mine who has her own story to tell, affected by both domestic violence and sexual assault in her lifetime. As with many advocates, we are forever impacted by what has happened in the past, no matter how much... more

Tiffany Howe was born with Primary Congenital Lymphedema (Milroy's Disease). After 27 years of struggling with this ailment, she was given a choice of losing her left leg or undergoing the Charles Debulking procedure. The choice was... more

Years ago, there was a dream to have a domestic violence registry and the National Domestic Violence Registry was born (see and... more

I met Annetta a few years ago while working together on some Little Black Dress Society events here in Austin, TX. (See She has quite a story to share with us as well as an update on some projects that... more

Dr. Stanley Rockson (of Stanford University Medical School) states that: "Lymphedema is a common disease. Approximately 10 million Americans, for example, have lymphedema secondary to breast and pelvic cancer therapy,... more

10a CST/11a EST -- something to hear and share -- let's make a difference! Michael Morones, an 11 yr old child, committed suicide as a result of bullying over a month ago. On the show, I will be speaking to the mother who will... more

Kevin Horgan is currently a student journalist with an academic background in psychology and forensic psychology. Deciding to combine his past education with his passion for writing, Kevin recently made the switch to journalism by... more

10am CST/11am EST Toni is a survivor of domestic violence and has been working in the field for the last 18 years, which includes working with shelters, non-profites, blogtalkradio, a cable television program and speaking with doctors... more

ONE BILLION RISING is an organization centralized and focuesd upon a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice –... more

It took the abuse of her 4 year old son and fear for her unborn baby to awaken her to the fact they were the victims of domestic violence. She never thought she would allow a man to treat her the way he did. She had no idea the mind games... more
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