Vital voices: Victoria's story living with ulcerative colitis
In this video Victoria tells her story of almost losing her life to ulcerative colitis, getting a diagnosis and her story of implicit bias in healthcare.
In one week, I went from 130 pounds to 98 pounds. They kept telling me all kinds of things that I had.
They were saying everything but what it really was. [MUSIC PLAYING]
My journey to receive a diagnosis almost cost me my life. When I was pregnant with my first daughter,
I started noticing blood in my stool. I told the OB/GYN. She told me that was normal.
She said you're pregnant, and you have hemorrhoids. After I gave birth to my daughter, the blood and my stool never stopped.
We started going to the hospital. In one week, I went from 130 pounds to 98 pounds. They kept telling me all kinds of things that I had.
They were saying everything but what it really was. When I did get to the emergency room,
I was not met with compassion. I was met with accusations of drug use. My pain has always been minimized by doctors.
I've heard doctors and nurses tell me that I am a strong Black woman with regard to pain.
People think that because I'm a Black woman that I'm stronger. It's not fair. There are so many Black people, Black women
that have died for no reason simply because of that implicit bias. At the end of the day, this is my body,
and no one can tell me what I'm feeling. [LOGO SOUNDS]
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