I am a lesbian and I am a resuscitation scientist. //
Today, I am a successful resuscitation scientist, educator, innovator, entrepreneur, and STEM/STEAM and scicomm enthusiast. But it was not always easy. In grade school my twin sister and I were relegated to a Catholic elementary school. For us, this felt like a fate worse than death … obviously it was not. It was, however, with little exaggeration, some of the worst years of our lives. We were continuously bullied for being different (we are both gay). Thirty years after a tumultuous grade-school experience, I have come into my own. I have met and legally married my wife who I have been with for over 15 years. We have watched and participated in the fight for marriage equality in our state and around the country (#commonwealthequality). Like many other same-sex couples, we had a commitment ceremony long before we were able to legally marry. Ten years to the day after that, with our daughter as our witness, we were legally married. It has been an amazing ride!