Shannon’s Story: Health Care and Our Need for Cultural Healing

Written by Cynthia Boaz for Huffington Post
(Asst. Prof. of Political Science, Consultant on Nonviolent Action and Strategy)

We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘people-oriented society.’ -Martin Luther King, Jr.

I know that everyone has a personal story related to health care. This is mine. Well, actually it’s my sister-in-law’s. I started to write this piece about nine months ago, but I could never bring myself to finish it. Putting to paper the pain and sadness of Shannon’s struggle was just too much for me. But I can’t put it off any longer because the current debate about health care has shed light on some realities that although daunting, are just too serious to ignore.

To put things into context, I have to first share our story.

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