COVID-19 Stories - John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate

COVID-19 Stories

A note from John: Over the past several weeks, Coloradans across the state have shared their stories about how this crisis is affecting all of us. I’m spending time reading these stories, talking with folks, and hearing about what they need to get through this. Thank you to everyone who has shared already. If you’re feeling scared or uncertain about the future, know that you’re not alone—and know that we hear you. Share your story with us.

Tia, Colorado Springs

“I was recently furloughed from a travel management company. Even though I qualify for unemployment, it is very expensive living here.  I am very concerned about paying my bills and taking care of my family.  I am also a CLL patient which means that I am high risk.  Governor Polis is doing a great job, but we need REAL leadership in Washington.”

Pamela, Littleton

“I am 75 and feeling a little lonely since both my husband and my oldest son and my dog have passed away. But in warm weather I will don my wildflower face mask and take a walk!”

Maura, Golden

“All I can say is that all medical facilities need protective gear now. Not next week, not tomorrow, not this evening. Now. My husband is near the front line of this fight and the people who are on the front line do not have the protective gear they need. Think about all the medical workers on the front line, then think about the exponential mathematics of infection rates.”

Joan, Evans

“I am a teacher. This is my retirement year, and it’s starting to look like I won’t be able to see the kids before I retire and say goodbye to my colleagues. Our district worked fast and hard to put together an online curriculum, and got computers to each student that needed one! My husband and I are in our early sixties and feeling vulnerable due to our age. I feel confident most people will come out and appreciate so many things we have taken for granted!”

John, Wellington

“It is a real pity that the lack of leadership by our president and his denial of the facts has led to this. I am pretty much confined to my ranch and have to do my engineering work remotely. I am 80 years old, but in good health. I do need to be extra cautious. This has turned all of our lives around. I have never seen anything like this.”

Gerald, Colorado Springs

“We’re doing ok. We periodically walk the neighborhood or the Santa Fe trail—always masked. So, our physical, emotional and spiritual health remains strong. We are thankful for how average working people—medical professionals, grocery and other essential employees, postal workers and so many more—have come to the rescue.”

Mark, Denver

“My wife and I are 68 and live in Denver. So we venture out only for essentials and to pick up meals from local restaurants we want to help stay in business. So, we’re fine. But when we follow the news coverage, we know the country is in trouble and the trouble requires action. We need a new President and a new Senate majority. That’s why we’re supporting you.”

Sharon, New Castle

“We are doing pretty good. Both of us are retired, so it has been easier than if we were working. Our kids and their young children however are struggling with not working and all of the uncertainty about the future. Not seeing my grandkids finally got to me, I just miss holding and hugging everyone. Thanks for all that you do! And a big thank you to our local grocery store employees, restaurants accommodating take out and all of the delivery people we see every day!”

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