The Most Important Questions You Ask Yourself in Your 30s & 40s

And the fun games that come with getting older!

Jyssica Schwartz
3 min readMar 30, 2023
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

There was a period of about 3 years in my early 20s when I was not able to get health insurance. Obamacare didn’t exist yet, and I’d been on my parent’s insurance until graduating college. After graduation, the company kicked me off.

I applied for and was rejected by 4 different insurance companies due to “pre-existing conditions.”

To briefly explain, I went to an ER for what I thought was a stroke but turned out to be a special/fun “complex migraine” that required a super fun MRI. They recommended I see a neurologist after I feel better, gave me meds, and sent me home.

That ER visit happened on Dec 23rd, and I was officially kicked off my parents’ insurance on 12/31 at midnight.

Obviously, I did not get a chance to see the neurologist in that week, and that is what the other insurance companies used as an excuse.

Anyway, I went 3 years with no insurance, and overall, I was fine. I went to Planned Parenthood for some appointments, and overall just tried not to get hurt.

Ahhh, the joyful and painless days of youth.

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Jyssica Schwartz

Manging editor. entrepreneur, writer, editor, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com