Yearly Archives: 2015


Vannessa Nunez

 When I was diagnosed with gallstones in December 2012, I was forced to go on FMLA for weeks to recuperate from surgery. Once I was almost completely healed from that surgery, doctors found another gallstone which was left behind from the first surgery. I had to undergo a second surgery, […]


Sue Crookston

 My name is Sue and my partner Charlie was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, and since then I’ve had to take a lot of time off work. I was working for a doctor at the time my partner got his diagnosis, and my boss wouldn’t always let me leave […]


Shauntay President

In 2007, I had to have spinal cord surgery to remove a tumor that was growing around my spinal cord. At the time I lived in Lawrence, Kansas and worked at University of Kansas Hospital. I was told I would be out of work for at least 6 months and […]


Lisa Goodbee

 I’m the owner of Goodbee & Associates, a woman-run engineering firm in Centennial. I started my engineering firm 20 years ago with the hope of creating a more family-friendly work environment. In the engineering consulting field, I have seen far too many women leave their demanding jobs because the majority […]


Jess Smith

 My name is Jess, and I live in Denver Colorado. When I was three years old, I had a stroke.  My Mom was an hourly employee and had to take a ton of time off work to take care of me.  Very quickly, she used up the little paid time […]


Faby Gonzales

 For six years my father had battling congestive heart failure, kidney failure, and was going to require surgery to increase his chances of survival. In 2009, I requested time off from work to go down to Texas to be with him and take care of him, but I was only […]


Carolynn Mascareñas

 I am a cancer survivor! I have always worked hard for an equal chance to advance and having a fair shot with safe and decent working conditions. In October, 2009 I had a left breast mastectomy with reconstruction and had little chance to fight cancer because I was too busy […]


Candace Ramirez

 As a single mother, I feel paid family and medical leave would be very valuable to me and my family. If either of my children were to get sick it would be a great benefit to be able to have paid time available to take care of them. Having paid […]


Belinda Williams

 On September 18, 2011, I nearly died. Unusual wind conditions- more unusual than normal, blew me over the edge of Mount Evans. One moment I was riding my bicycle, struggling to stay on the road. The next, I found myself staring up at an azure sky, unable to see the […]