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Check out these stories created by community members, advocates and activists, read more about the context in which they were made, and offer your comments.

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A story about the relationship between a nursing home resident who cannot speak and a social worker who took the time to truly listen.

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An older resident in a nursing home and a young social worker find common ground in their difficult childhoods. Their relationship blossoms and these years are now the best in their lives.

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A story about a Native American nurse who develops a special relationship with a nursing home resident that allows her to overcome some of her resistance to care.

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A story about a nursing home resident that receives love, support and inspiration from the staff around her.

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Reflecting on her own childhood, Mei writes to her young niece and explains that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and that asking for help and speaking up for yourself is not shameful.

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"Making my story was a great experience to me. This short story carries strong words that I want to tell my daughter one day when she grows up. Growing up, I saw women who believed that their dreams, hopes, and desires don’t really matter. I saw women who believed that because their voices would never be heard, it’s not worth it to fight. As time passes, my fear grows. Fear that my daughter will believe what is being said to her and lose the strong personality that she was born with.

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Kim describes a very special and new vacation experience outside of her norm of New England. It was the most peaceful time of her life visiting St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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Papa Chuck shares how becoming a caregiver unexpectedly to a baby, his niece, improved his health.
 

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Before age 1, Jackie caught a fever that made her deaf. She didn’t learn sign language until after age 3, and only from other deaf children signing in the classroom. Now that she is fluent in sign, she has overcome many challenges of being deaf and she has endless possibilities.

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