Getting political and getting an IUD

On November 9th, 2016, I spent most of the day in anguish. Like many of my friends (and much of the United States), I wasn’t just disappointed. I was devastated. I was afraid for my friends of various backgrounds, afraid for my LGBTQ friends, and afraid for myself. I knew that it was probably that reproductive rights would be rolled back in the new administration. I had been receiving free birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act and able to make my own choices about what was right for my body.

Unfortunately, that was going to come to an end. I knew I needed to do whatever I could to protect myself before it was too late and birth control became something too expensive to maintain on a monthly basis.

I made an appointment with Planned Parenthood for December of 2016 to get an IUD, without knowing much other than I could be protected for up to twelve years with a one time procedure. For the time being, it was covered, meaning that my IUD would be completely free. It seemed almost stupid not to do it. But when it was coming up, I decided to put it off. I was afraid of that decision, afraid of the consequences of either getting twelve years of protection and having a possibly debilitating heavy period or getting hormonal and seeing the return of the heavy acne of my youth. I had been on the pill since 2012. I hardly knew what my body was like before it.

Then in the middle of the night on January 11th, 2017, the Senate voted against keeping contraception covered by health care. I no longer could put it off. That day, I re-scheduled my IUD appointment for the first Friday in February.

I chose to go to Planned Parenthood because, at the time, I didn’t have an OBGYN. My last one essentially said, “You can’t be pretty because you’re overweight.” Since then, I had been going to a CNP for my women’s health exams, but she didn’t perform IUD insertions.

As it came closer, I decided that I wanted to live tweet the entire experience. I had several friends who had an IUD who hadn’t known anyone else when they went in for their procedure who also had one. I had several friends who, like me, were afraid of the pain of the procedure and the consequences of that decision.

Using the hashtag #teamIUD, I wanted to join a conversation that was already happening. It seems more and more women have been tweeting about their IUDs in the days since my procedure.

In addition to tweeting, I shared this decision on Facebook. My post had so many responses and so much conversation between women in different areas of my life. There were so many responses, and I felt so empowered and proud of my friends.

This is just a small sample of the reaction to my Facebook share.

If you had asked me a year ago if I would share something so personal, there’s just no way I would have said yes. But these are strange times we are living in… we cannot afford to remain silent.

Getting an IUD was the right decision for me. It’s a longer term solution that is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy. While it’s not right for every woman, you need to know what your options are to make an informed decision.

I hope that by sharing, I helped more women make the right decision for their body.

Is Twitter Twilighting? A response to The Atlantic

A friend of mine recently posted an article from The Atlantic, “A Eulogy for Twitter”, questioning the validity. I spent time reading and rereading, thinking about what this article meant. Was it true? Is Twitter the next MySpace? I thought I’d share my response here, in a more pubic forum.

While good points are made, saying that Twitter is entering its twilight seems awfully extreme. Platforms grow and change, and then immediately people balk and say, “We are leaving. We don’t like it anymore. It’s different. We hate change.” That being said, it has grown exponentially in the past few years. It’s become common place for professionals to be expected to have one and for businesses to have a presence.

Is Twitter overrun with spammers and bots? Yes. Is there a lot of noise and hateful negativity? Also yes. Can you choose to tune that out and still have meaningful conversations? I guess it depends on how big your audience is. Maybe not for the Justin Biebers of the world who have millions of followers (and let’s be honest, probably isn’t having meaningful dialogue ANYWAY), but for the average joe, yes. Read more

Hire Someone Skilled Regardless of Age

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I recently read an article on Inc titled “11 Reasons a 23-Year-Old Shouldn’t Run Your Social Media.” Let me start off by saying that yes, I did read the generalization pardon. Yes, people shouldn’t be hired just because they are “really good at Facebook” (that’s how my parents describe what I do, because they’re not social media saavy). No one should ever be hired “just because.”

That being said, “just because” someone is a new graduate doesn’t mean they are ill-equipt to work in the professional world. I would bet that it’s these types of generalizations that are helping keep the unemployment rate up for new graduates. Read more

RIP Steve Jobs

It would be impossible and quite frankly irresponsible of me not to talk about the death of Apple’s co-founder (and until recently, CEO), Steve Jobs. I found out about this at exactly 7:40PM tonight, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 via TIME Magazine’s twitter.

This blog entry will be divided into two parts: the devastating information received and the way it was received.
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The Death of Steve Jobs

The History: Steve Jobs has had a long battle with his health. In 2004, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although this tumor was subsequently removed, he continued to become thin and frail, even without a reccurence of the cancer. In April 2009, he had a liver transplant, causing him to take a medical leave of absence. He returned in the end of 2009, but he left again on medical leave in January of 2011. He maintained his position as CEO with Tim Cook running day-to-day operations. His final resignation came on August 24, 2011, as he could “no longer meet [his] duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO”. Read more

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