LEARNING UNDERSTANDING—THROUGH LIVING IT
As many of you know, I’m white and my husband is black. Before I met Elliot, I didn’t understand much about the experience of those who are black in our country. Elliot (and his family) have taught me so much about race and the experience of those who are not white in our country. After my MBC diagnosis, I’ve also heard and seen the experiences of black people within our medical system up close and personal. Listening to the experiences of those I care about as they navigate a system that makes me as a white lawyer who doesn’t mind doing battle for what I need feel helpless and powerless breaks my heart day in and day out.
I’ve often struggled with how best to help. As a lawyer, wearing the hat of an advocate comes easiest to me and offering to attend appointments as a mentor, friend, advisor, etc…
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