My Story of Managed Care I would like to begin by telling everyone about myself. My name is Tonya Ayers, I was born January 23, 1968 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. My arrival was a very traumatic time, especially for my mother, since I wasn't able to breathe for myself. The doctor used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. ... Viewpoint
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My Story of Managed Care
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  • Katherine Wilder
    Roseberg, OR
  • Tanya Ayers
    Roseberg, OR
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Viewpoint
Viewpoint   |   May 01, 1998
My Story of Managed Care
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1998, Vol. 7, 8-10. doi:10.1044/aac7.2.8
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, May 1998, Vol. 7, 8-10. doi:10.1044/aac7.2.8
I would like to begin by telling everyone about myself.
My name is Tonya Ayers, I was born January 23, 1968 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. My arrival was a very traumatic time, especially for my mother, since I wasn't able to breathe for myself. The doctor used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Finally, I began breathing, but damage to my brain was extensive. I spent the first 11 days of my life in an incubator, with my mother coming to see me through the windows.
On the day I went home weighing only 5 lbs, my mother didn't realize just how much care I was going to require. My family had not been told yet that I had cerebral palsy. It was after many visits to doctors that I was diagnosed.
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