Kindra Arnesen's blog

meds family of fiveWatching the last two years unfold has been both eye opening and heartbreaking. Earlier this week, as I sat with a twenty-seven year old mother of three from Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, we went over the many health-related issues she and her family are dealing with. Her ten-year old daughter has severe stomach issues, breathing issues, skin issues, horrible headaches - there are very few days that come and go that she feels well.

Four weeks ago I answered a knock on my door.  I was surprised when I opened it.  There stood a friend, a 56-year-old Houma Indian who has been a crew boat captain for many years.  I was surprised as this man very rarely visits my home.  I asked him, "how are you?"  Then I realized he had tears in his eyes.  As he began to speak, tears streamed down his face.  He began by saying, "I'm sorry, but I need to tell somebody."  He paused to compose himself.

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