My name is Kristen Williams and I am a very grateful graduate of the Bridges to Care program. In 1991, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Over the years, this disease has caused irreversible damage to my digestive system. I cannot absorb nutrients and fluids well and I have chronic pain and nausea. My GI Doctors told me there was nothing more they could do for me.
I was in the ER and hospitalized at least two times a month, I would stay in the hospital three to 12 days at a time. I was in desperate need of a Primary Care Provider to oversee my care. I have an awesome life I was watching from the couch. In February 2014, a Bridges to Care Representative visited me in the ER and asked me if I wanted to be part of the Bridges to Care Program. My answer to her was, “Yes, please where do I sign”.
My Bridges to Care team came to my home. I first met my Care Coordinator who set up appointments with my medical team, my behavior health team and my health coach. They made me feel like I mattered. They truly cared about me and treated me with dignity and respect. After years of trying, I finally had a Primary Care Provider. Through the Bridges to Care program and my new Primary Care Provider, I was able to get the medications and access to everything I needed to start living my life again.
After graduation, my last appointment was a 1 to 1 visit with representatives from Together Colorado. They wanted my opinion of the Bridges to Care program. At the end of the visit, they asked if I wanted to attend a Together Colorado meeting and share my story. I was looking for a new purpose in life, somewhere to volunteer my time helping people. Their passion for helping people in the community is infectious.
I am forever grateful to the Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) and their amazing coordination of the Bridges to Care program, they gave me my life back. I am also forever grateful for Together Colorado they encouraged me to share my story and taught me that my voice matters.