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This Positive Life: Cecilia Chung on Violence, Gender, Prisons, Family and Healing

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    "I was supposed to take care of my parents and make sure that they live comfortably. ... The thought that I might die before they do was something that I was never prepared for."
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    "That knife \[attack\], ironically, started the healing process for my family. ... In many ways, the healing with my mother starts with her coming to the hospital, visiting me."
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    "Because I am physically petite and very unassuming, it's easier for people to assume that I was born a woman. ... As an advocate, I feel compelled to make sure every time I go into a room that I let people know that I am a transgender woman. ... We make too many assumptions, and that costs my community a lot."
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    "Finally, one time a doctor in the emergency room asked me the list of my medications. And we looked at it. ... She realized that the Norvir was somehow making my estrogen levels increase."
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    Olivia G. Ford

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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.