I have been volunteering at a local church in Muncie this semester and have been blessed enough to work closely with and develop a friendship with Mary. Mary is 63 years old and has lived in Muncie, Indiana the entire duration of her life thus far. She graciously agreed to participate in an interview conducted by myself earlier this week.
I was nervous about interviewing Mary, because I didn’t want to offend her with any of my questions, but I also wanted to gain valuable information focused on her thoughts on women’s health. When I asked Mary how she would describe her sense of identity she quickly responded with “I’m a hard-working African American women who has had to work twice as hard as a white man to achieve my goals, but I couldn’t do it without my faith.” Mary is a Christian, so she also identifies with the other women who attend her same church and believes her faith is one of the most important aspects of her health. “I don’t think I would even be alive today if it wasn’t for my faith,” Mary answered when asked about the most important aspect of health.
Mary suffered a heart attack three years ago and was in critical condition for multiple days. When I asked Mary if her sense of personal identity affects her quality of healthcare she blatantly responded with a quick no. Mary was adamant that the only thing that could have any role of her health and healthcare is her faith and relationship with God. Mary does not worry about the quality of healthcare she receives, because she believes she is in good hands with the Lord. Mary admitted to me that she prays for optimal health everyday and believes that she survived her heart attack without complications because of her consistent devotion to her faith.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time diving into Mary’s thought process and beliefs concerning her personal identity and how it affects her healthcare. It is obvious to me that faith is often allows people to overcome health obstacles and Mary’s personal story was eye-opening for my thought process concerning women’s health.