My new friend, Amy Firth, shared a great Tedx Talk by Ursula King with me this weekend. Amy Firth and I first bonded over our mutual love and admiration for Brene Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert. When Amy sent me this Tedx Video of ER doctor Ursula King discussing the lack of...Read More
My nephew is at the sweet and tender age of 12. He is at that awkward in-between phase of child and teenager. Hormones are filling his body. His voice is changing, squeaking and all over the place. He loves to stand next to me and see if he’s taller yet (we are about...Read More
In Spring 2013, I had a stroke of luck when I landed front row seats to Brandi Carlile and the Oregon Symphony show. After looking forward to it for months, the day arrived last week. My party and I arrived and were seated, and as the show started, and I felt the music in my...Read More
Here’s what I’ve already learned from the inspiring and scientifically-based work of Kelly McGonigal, PhD: what it means to say yes to my goals, to understand that I do have the power to change things in my life, and how stress can actually work with me instead of...Read More
I had a hard, but good, conversation with an old friend yesterday about healing, change, courage, and fear. I went to bed thinking about these things and early this morning I awoke with the strangest dream: I was still my 32-year old self, but living with my parents in my...Read More
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The We Belong Project is a resource for sexual minority women and for health care providers.
My name is Niki Flemmer, and I started this project because, as both a sexual minority woman interacting with health care and as a health care provider myself, I became acutely aware of how much improvement we need in [...]
A WSW (woman who has sex with women) or a sexual minority woman is a woman who is not exclusively heterosexual in either her expression of her sexuality or her sexual identity. Many people, including health care providers, may call WSW “lesbians”. However, not every WSW identifies herself as a “lesbian” and so using the [...]
Cultural Safety. When I heard that term for the first time, I thought it was confusing. And had nothing to do with me, being a white female woman, born and raised in America. I soon learned it has everything to do with me. And you. And all of us.
We all have our own culture. [...]