Valerie Gacula

Long Beach, CA

I live with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and bipolar disorder, and I’m advocating for affordable prescription drugs because I know what it’s like to live without. I’d also been taking Effexor and Lamictal for the past five years for bipolar disorder. My intention has always been to return to work and be a contributing member of society while living with these conditions, and my medications allow me to function and work toward that goal. But recently I have had problems affording my medication. I have been forced to think about what I would be willing to give up in order to have access to my drugs again. People shouldn’t have to choose between not having their medications or sacrificing other parts of their lives to afford them — and that’s why it’s so important to lower the price of prescription drugs now.

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