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So,recently, I have found myself in a funny spot on my journey to becoming what our society labels as “adult”. For the last couple years, I think my master status was the role of “teen mom”. I had to change diapers,work full time, and do my homework all at once. All this, while I was still discovering who I was as a young adult, I was also molding this other little human being. I don’t want to go on with the cliches, “I’m stronger now” and “I learned from …

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Grassroots activism is when a small group of citizens mobilize together to fight for something they believe in. With so many bills up for discussion this year at Florida’s Legislative Session, it would be difficult to make a movement for all of them. However, one in particular stood out to the volunteers, including myself, at Planned Parenthood. Senate Bill 1816 by Sen. Joe Negron suggest to expand Medicaid by excepting federal funds for a state-based health insurance program. This program would make one million new people eligible for Medicaid. …

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In my new role as a Family Planning Assistant, I have been speaking with teens about their reproductive health nearly every day.It never ceases to amazes me what teens do, or rather don’t, know about sex.

At the beginning of each consult, I have to ask a series of questions about the teen’s sexual health and history. I was surprised to see that many of them claimed to used condoms, at least sometimes. However, something that was a little disturbing to discover was that most of them did not …

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This year was my first time celebrating World AIDS Day anywhere. After I heard about the various events, I decided to go to a candle vigil and walk in Wilton Manors. For the last few weeks, my idea was my daughter wouldn’t be coming with me. I’ve never brought her with me to any of my advocacy events, so I thought this would be a good experience for her that seemed like something an almost 4 year old could do. So as the day went on before the walk, …

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I would like to start off by saying I have never written a blog before…

I figured that I should begin by stating why I’m here. Its pretty simple, for my daughter. Her story began when I was 16 and decided that getting pregnant was a good idea. I had believed that unlike every other teenage in the world, I was extremely mature and responsible. (I now know that every kid under 18 THINKS they’re above average on the maturity scale next to their peers; statistically impossible). That having …