51% Show #1340

Mar 27, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we’ll meet the only female motorcycle taxi driver in one African country’s capital. Then, we’ll hear from women about two disorders – one involves a lot of pain, the other, none at all.

In Rwanda's capital, Kigali, Claudine Nyanamajambere is the only woman to drive a motorcycle taxi, otherwise known as a "moto." She is regarded by some as an unofficial gender equality officer. Jesko Johannsen reports.  

That was Jesko Johannsen reporting for Deutsche Welle. 

Cindey LeGeyt and Danielle Cellucci say they're experiencing pain and fatigue all over their bodies. Day after day. Month after month. For years. They believe they have a disease. But many people say they're bringing it on themselves. Anna Stitt has the story of two women on Cape Cod with fibromyalgia syndrome. 

Anna Stitt brought us that story out of the Transom Story Workshop.  

Robyn Tucker is an especially overprotective mom. But when your daughter has a rare condition, you have to be, until a certain point. Lucia Constatine reports.  

We now turn to writer Dr. Jeri Burns, who talks about sensational headlines and the rare disease community.  

Dr. Jeri Burns is a storyteller, writer, and educator living in New York's Hudson Valley. You can find her at www.storycrafters.com

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