May 15, 2014
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The Richmond Confidential on Thursday published a moving video about Richmond native JoAnn Ford, who after tackling her health struggles has become an advocate for improving health in Richmond with Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative.

She tells her story in the video, beginning with this all-true statement about the medical dependencies associated with many health problems that spiral out of control.

“You take one pill, you start off with another pill, then another pill, then another pill. I felt like, wow, nine, ten bottles of pills. One for the heart, no. Three for the heart. One for the blood pressure. One for the Lasix. One for another Lasix. Depression. I used to couldn’t walk from the front door to down the street without [labored breathing]. Something’s gotta give. Either you love yourself, or you are gonna go sit up there at Kaiser up in a hospital bed.”

We urge our readers to watch the video, which was produced and edited by U.C. Berkeley graduate student Jake Nicol.


  1. The city council and planners bash us in public regarding EIR discussions, yet without our production they have to lay folks off. Now that is a talking point for Modernization I believe.

    Andrew | May 16th, 2014

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.