It's important for our leaders to understand these struggles and draw from their own experience to chart a course forward. When I was still teaching, my sister suffered from serious kidney disease. It put her health at risk and negatively affected the whole family's financial situation. We all did our best to pitch in and help my sister make ends meet. But her condition grew worse, and she needed a transplant.
I was a match.
I had the transplant in July, and my sister got what she needed. It was a difficult recovery period, and I was nowhere near full-strength by the time the school year started. I think a lot of folks know the feeling that came next: I need the work, but going back could put my health at risk.
I went back. It was painful, but I got through it. Later, I won my election for the State House and channeled that pain into purpose advocating for better health coverage and increased worker protections. In this crisis, we need leaders who know this kind of adversity. It makes us better policymakers and public servants. We need that in Washington right now as so many of us are facing a choice between our health and our financial situation. Thank you for sticking with me. I am so grateful for your continued support of the campaign.