Claudette Newsome, 42, is an independent contractor from Houston, managing various recruiting, production, marketing and sales projects for her clients. She works as a volunteer with the Texas Organizing Project.
I have suffered great loss in the last five years. Days after my husband turned 46, he died of cancer. Then, two years later, I lost my 17-year-old son when he was tragically hit by a car. While there have been days when my pain was so unbearable that I did not want to move, I knew eventually I would have to get on with my life.
My daughters, ages 10 and 14, had lost the two most important men in their lives so I knew I had to take care of myself for their sake. They needed their mom and the comfort that family provides. If something happened to me, who was going to take care of them? Who was going to love them, take them to school, and understand the tragedies they have already faced in their lives?
Surprisingly, what became important to me was the security of affordable health insurance coverage. I knew I had to take good care of myself--not just for my own health but for my daughters. They need a healthy parent that will always be present in their lives.