Now SenseMaker Project Story or Micro-Narrative
My name is Barbara my 3 children and I have Asthma. My self and 10 year old have chronic asthma. This started for us March 23,2020. Our lives will be changed forever. My job closed its door for a few weeks. I said what would I do now. On top of that We have breathing issues that we go through already sometimes on a daily basis. Due to covid which affects people with asthma. We now have been subject to wear masks and isolate ourselves from our family as well as friends. I started getting panic attacks which have never happened before. I felt scared to leave my home. Fear was taking over. My girls 15 year old and 10 year old started getting panic attacks. In the middle of the night my 15 year old Priscilla would just start crying could not take being closed in our home she could not sleep. We had not seen the streets in weeks except for looking outside the windows. On top of what was already going on a cousin of mine died due to covid she was 44 years old. Mother of 3 children she worked for transit. Hearing people around me getting sick some of my church family getting covid. It hit to close to home. I woke up one night and said enough is enough fear will not control me or my home. I Started praying and asking God to remove any fear I have allowed in my mind out. Out in the name of Jesus. Fear cannot and will not have control over me or my children. For we belong to an Almighty POWERFUL GOD.I had to pray it out. Praise and worship more than ever. Reminding my children that God is in control of it all. Of our lives. He is our provider. The air we breathe. I had to take a stand in my home. I was not alone God was right there. Phil 4 :13 I can do ALL things with CHRIST who strengthen me. I will not be afraid. Peace trust and believe. My children first day out was when I heard a food pantry needed volunteers .I said to myself this is God opening the door for you to be of help and step out in faith knowing God will cover me and my home. We prayed and trusted God and went. So many families in need. People who have lost their jobs. Its real. My 17 year old Jeremias said mom this church is full of love. Pastor Cobb and Lady lisa are amazing I said to him. I cried with them in the car. This was just a way of God reminded me he got it all.
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Views on COVID-19 Risk and Systemic Racism
How much of a risk do you believe COVID-19 is to our community health?
There is risk to our community health and we need to take precautions
If you still believe COVID-19 is a threat, what are some of the things you are doing to stay safe and stop the spread?
Please list anything else you are doing to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you don't believe COVID-19 is a serious issue, please tell us about that.
We are taking off our shoes before we walk into the home every night I wipe down all light fixtures toilet handles door handles. Our masks that we wear if their cloth they're washed every night.
Do you believe systemic racism exists in America?
Yes, I believe there is systemic racism in America
If you believe systemic racism exists in America, do you believe it contributes to poorer health outcomes for minorities?
Any other thoughts about systemic racism?
Are you doing anything to support what you believe in? If so, what are some of the activities you're participating in?
Helping in my church, Mentoring