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The Believe My Pain Roundtable

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True Stories About Pain Inequity

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Etisyai’s Story

Since the age of 14, Etisyai’s concerns about painful periods were ignored. Often, she was told her pain wasn’t that bad, or she could “handle it.” It took an emergency surgery at the age of 24 to remove a pelvic mass that had been growing for years for doctors to finally listen...

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Mark’s Story

Mark suffered from exhaustion but was dismissed by multiple healthcare providers who stereotyped him as a strong Black man. He begged for blood work anyway believing something was wrong. The result? A diagnosis of pericarditis, a life-threatening heart condition...

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Inaayah’s Story

Inaayah has spent her life managing her sickle cell anemia. Yet, when she sought help to deal with pain that was a “10 out of 10”, her doctor denied her the amount of medication she knew she needed, claiming her pain wasn’t that severe. She felt confused, sad, defeated, and discriminated against…

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