Local chiropractor, Matthew Freedman, owner of Eugene Chiropractic, is accused of at least 19 instances of sexual assault, groping, and exposing himself to two patients. The patients filed complaints in Lane County Circuit Court Friday, May 29, 2020. The complaints are available here and here.
These complaints allege that Dr. Freedman used his position as a chiropractor to “groom” or normalize sexual contact with both women, establishing himself as a trusted person and then breaking that trust by sexually assaulting and harassing them. He established business relationships investing in development properties with both women, one of whom is a real estate agent and the other a general contractor. Then, he became the landlord for one of the women. The complaints allege that Dr. …
I want to tell you a little about Rebecca G. You will love her. But first . . . (this is relevant, stay with me!)
Have you ever had someone tell you that if you’ve experienced trauma in your life, you may never recover?
A lot of us are afraid to even call a life experience “trauma” because we’ve heard you can never recover from trauma. We don’t want to identify as “victims” because we know we’re tough and smart, so we avoid even using the word “trauma.” …
I have talked to many, many white people in the past week about racism.
Many of us are afraid to say something wrong, afraid to do something wrong . . . and we’re afraid of staying silent as well. It seems like nothing we do is the right thing.
I get it.
On Tuesday, I was overcome with fear about whether I should #blackouttuesday on social media.
The black leaders I was seeing said, “speak out, end the silence.”
My white friends said, “we need this gesture of community, even if it’s just a gesture.”
I decided not to mute myself because I deeply believe that women are taught that if we get smaller and quieter, it will help someone and that this is a poisonous lie. I believe my words and any loud amplification of black voices has impact. I believe amplifying black voices is not muting myself and that their voices are not a threat to my voice. …
Something we are hearing a lot right now is that we are just so overwhelmed. It seems impossible to combine work with kiddos, with hobbies that serve us, with cooking dinner, with getting sleep sometimes, with picking whatever show we’re going to watch while folding the laundry. . . if we can even get to the laundry. And then, we remember we didn’t call someone back! I mean who is even getting to the laundry when we have to call everyone back?!
Here are some of the tips I’ve used for making sure you’re productive in any circumstance. One of the main tactics is making sure you recognize what you are already getting done. Sometimes the one thing we are doing is breathing in and breathing out. If you’ve gotten that far, you’ve got this! …
Anita Anderson was a licensed practical nurse caring for elderly and vulnerable patients at Valley West Health Care Center in 2019. She was forced out of her position when she needed to take medical leave to take care of her son, who has a disability, and her own injuries from intimate partner violence she experienced.
On May 4, 2020, our office filed her claims in the U.S. District Court of the State of Oregon. A copy of the complaint is here.
Nurses often experience pressure to work when they are unwell or to sacrifice their health and safety for their employer. In many situations, like in Ms. Anderson’s case, this can create a dangerous situation for patients. For example, after Valley West reduced Ms. Anderson’s hours in retaliation for taking protected leave, on one of her shifts, Valley West pressured Ms. Anderson to admit patients quickly, when she was not sufficiently trained to enter their medication. When she asked for help, she did not receive it. Valley West showed the same disregard for its patients’ health and safety that it did for Ms. …
Experiencing or dealing with anxiety can take a ton of energy.
And, whether you are an employer or employee, it is likely costing you money and/or affecting your health. So, it’s worth addressing.
The good news is: there are solutions!
Our human brains have invented the iPhone, we can also manage and resolve anxiety.
In this Facebook Live, I talk about how our brains work, why we experience anxiety and some simple shifts you can make, right now, to hack your brain and stop the anxiety.
>>Audio and Transcript here.
Do you know someone who is always complaining about their job? Who is stuck in a place that doesn’t appreciate them or let them move forward and create the amazing things they’re capable of in the world? Someone who is anxious or afraid at work, trying to live up to impossible standards, and getting sick or having panic attacks as a result of their situation?
If so, this video* is for them.
It is always possible to create a healthy work environment for yourself, even if no one else is on-board and it feels toxic now.
*Originally a Facebook Live