I thought I’d be going with my friends to college, but it didn’t work out that way.
After having my life completely structured for 18 years, it’s up to me now.
Meet Risa Padilla, 18, from Oakland. Risa has asthma, severe allergies, and a rare condition called AMPS (amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome). AMPS is an abnormal pain reflex. Even a mild pain signal can be extremely painful.
Young people are often thought of as the healthy ones, but healthcare matters to us too. Obviously!
My family might not support it, but they’re going to have to deal with it. And at least I am being true to myself.
I saw a picture of Beyonce with a pixie cut. She was just bleeding confidence, and I wanted to emulate that. But since she’s Beyonce and I’m me, I wasn’t sure whether I could pull it off.
While checking out, my purchase feels like a necessity, rather than a want.
I’m 17 years old, and teen girls like me experience a lot of bad stuff online–mean comments, pressures to sext,…
Here’s what I post on social media: silly videos, pictures of my friends, and my art. I know I shouldn’t…