I’m not exactly a “private” person, so when my friend Sr. Simone Campbell from NETWORK LOBBY asked if I would share my personal story and how my life has been affected profoundly, saved, in fact, by my ability to finally purchase affordable health insurance, I said yes.

Simone is one of my life’s great personal and spiritual “she-roes.” photo copy 6

I have been called plenty of things in my life, (I’m an ex-cop, after all, so just use your imagination…) but when she thanked me for writing this piece and then called me “a great missionary for truth and joy,” well, I can honestly say that next to being called “Mom,” I can’t think of anything I would rather be called.

Click here for the link to my piece, which begins on page 4.