From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Nominee: Jo Ell East
My Mommy will always be my health hero. In more ways than one, she showed me, my sister and all my girl friends what it is like to be a healthy, sexually active and health conscious woman. I will never be ashamed of my body, and always care for my health because that’s the way my Mommy taught me to be.
She is a survivor of DV [domestic violence], the verbal and physical kind, and never never NEVER let that stop her from living or raising my sister and me in a safe (away from him) loving, body affirming home.
More then once she has taught and still teaches the women around us it is all right and perfectly healthy to be single, sexually open, healthy and safe from DV!
I’m going all teary eyed now…Thanks Mommy.