community stories


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 […]


Barb Gertz

 As a low wage worker, at Wal-Mart I can honestly say that the FAMLI Act would relieve an incredible burden from thousands of workers throughout Colorado. And give workers, especially woman the ability to care for their children and themselves like they should. On a personal level this bill would […]