Women feel guilty about this, but men don’t

An engaged mother of three, Vanessa worked as a certified nursing assistant, making just above minimum wage. She had no savings when her employer downsized, and she worried about how her job loss would impact her kids and her fiancé. She decided to sacrifice her health: “I don’t take any of my medications. None … You know, my kids’ school clothes and their food and stuff … it’s worth more than your health.” Vanessa explicitly stated that she valued her kids’ need for food but also “school clothes” and “stuff” ahead of her own health.