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What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Sattva Farhan, CareOregon Advantage Member

Sattva Farhan, COA member
Sattva Farhan
CareOregon Advantage member

The poet Robert Frost describes the road less traveled as making all the difference.

To Sattva, the real difference is in taking the road not previously traveled.

From his home city of Tehran, Iran, he’s traveled to Germany, been a batik, candle and jewelry craftsman in the San Francisco Bay Area, circled the globe, had a lucrative career as an oceanic artist in Kauai and now paints abstracts in Portland.

“After 30 years of painting, I don’t have a big name for myself, because I’ve been constantly moving from one place to another, ”Sattva says. “If I had stayed in one place, if I was in California, it would be a different ball game.”

But just making a living and a name didn’t speak deeply to him.

“It was just commercial; it wasn’t art. I just wanted to do something that had depth, some spirituality
behind it.”

Art, Sattva says, “becomes almost part of you. If you don’t do it, there’s something missing in your well-being. When I’m doing painting, I’m rejuvenated, I feel good, I’m excited.”


What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Kathy Gaskins and Teo Simmons



Teo Simmons
Teo Simmons
Columbia Pacific member

There is ebb and flow on this country farm, which sits on 10 acres east of Astoria.

Rain gives way to warmth and sun. Births balance loss. Generations succeed generations.

For 16-year-old Teo, there is pleasure in raising geese by hand, and pain when it comes time to sell them.

For Kathy, Teo’s grandmother, there is hard work as well as rewards in managing a household of seven and raising miniature horses, trees, bamboo and grandchildren.

“So I keep planting and pruning, grafting and raising bamboo and building fences. All that stuff … makes me really happy,” she says

For Teo, well-being is a riding a friend’s quad, a little quiet time alone, not thinking about chores, school or life as a teenager with diabetes.

“Living here in the country is better than probably being in the city, where all the noise and stuff is,” Teo says. “It is peaceful.”

“Raising five grandkids for the last 18 years seems like it gets easier as time goes on,” Kathy says. “It is a house full at times, but it is all worth it, you know.”

Ron Steiger
Ron Steiger
What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Ron Steiger


Between the people dropping in and those walking by, a barber can get a good sense of the world, even in a small town. Observation and character assessment are, indeed, key to good customer service.

From Ron’s Barber Shop in Tillamook, Ron Steiger watches, observes and during occasional slow times, he writes. The prosaic objective is a weekly newspaper ad. But sometimes poetry is the result. Sometimes faith is the subject.

Well-being means faith, Ron says.

“Life is challenging,” he says. “Being a Christian, I believe that this life is just a stepping stone. My well-being, even though I go through struggles, is that I know where I’m going.”

It hasn’t been easy. Ron has lost a career and started over. He faithfully visits and attends to his institutionalized wife. He’s been sole parent to “Daddy’s girl,” Ronnie Alyssa, now in college. And he’s endured the challenge of living with insulin-dependent diabetes and no health insurance.
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What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Maria and Santos Martinez


Distance is a fickle thing.

Lizbeth Martinez with sister YaritzaSometimes it brings loneliness. Being alone, thousand miles from home, living and working among strangers, struggling to learn a new language.

Sometimes it brings wonderful surprises.

Distance brought together Santos and Maria Martinez. Both are originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. Yet they met for the first time in Oregon.

Now they are married, with four beautiful children and more family members—many more family members—close by.

A crowded room full of family, giving thanks together. That means well-being to Maria and Santos.
“My parents and siblings live in Oregon,” Maria says. “I am happy and fortunate to have my family nearby because we can share special occasions, such as Thanksgiving. This past Thanksgiving Day, we got together and there were 65 of us total. Having my family together is a gift from God and a big blessing.”

What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Floyd McCorvey, Health Share of Oregon Member
and CareOregon Member Advisory Council

Floyd McCorveyNot everyone from a big city is meant to thrive in the great Pacific Northwest.

But Floyd is.

He grew up amid the asphalt streets and ethnically distinct neighborhoods of Chicago’s West Side.

“Then I came here,” Floyd says. “I saw these hills and mountains and thought I was 10 years younger.”

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What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Cassy Clark, Columbia Pacific CCO Member


This is the question that our Communications Department has asked members and providers from all over the state during the past several months. Our goal?  To help identify what members and their communities really need to ensure health.  
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What does 'Well-Being' mean to you?
Jessica Kotter, Jackson Care Connect CCO Member

Jessy Kotter has had to endure intense pain for most of her life as a result of a congenital deformity of her right leg and hip. The disorder, known as PFFD, is the result of her femur and pelvis being underdeveloped in the womb and growing at only half the rate of her unaffected left leg.
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