Jamika

“I was very comfortable with my period because I was--- I wasn't a late bloomer but there was plenty of other girls in my school that had their period. So, when it happened, I actually was very excited…One of my family members was my uncle, he's only 2 years older than me so he's kind of like my big brother. I ran into him and I was like, "I finally got my period!!!" And he was like, "What's wrong with you?" And he's like, "Go to the school nurse. You can go home." I was like "I'm prepared." (with a smile) I've seen so many people and my classmates, it happened to them, they don't know what to do. I was like, I need to be prepared. I was very proud.  

But I do also have an embarrassing story. I didn't know my period was on, and it was like my family ran in a cookout. Everyone was staring at me, and I was just like "What's wrong?" And the next thing I know, me, my aunt, my little cousins and all are trying to figure out what do because I was away from my apartment [inaudible]. They gave me a pair of running shorts and a pad… I want to say that my family is a period positive. They will say, "Oh it's normal. We'll figure it out." That's kind of how my family- so I was never embarrassed by my period.”

Tara Pokras