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Collected Item: “Wills Porter Oral History, 2022/07/21”


Wills Porter

Who conducted the interview? List all names, separated by comma.

Kit Heintzman

Who was interviewed? List all names, separated by commas.

Wills Porter

Email Address(es) for all interviewers. Separated by comma.


Use one-word hashtags (separated by commas) to describe your oral history. For example: Where did it originate? How does this object make you feel? How does this object relate to the pandemic?

#Atlanta, #blogging, #COVID+, #education, #exercise, #Florida, #friendship, #Georgia, #graduation, #immunosuppressed, #individualism, #internship, #media, #motherhood, #optimism, #safetyism, #school, #sports, #transplant, #quarantine

What is the format of your recording?


In what ZIP code is the primary residence of the interviewee? (enter 5-digit ZIP code; for example, 00544 or 94305)? In what city/town/village does the interviewee live? In what country does the interviewee live? All comma-separated.

Georgia and Florida

What is the gender of the interviewee? Be sure to allow interviewees to self-identify their gender in the pre-interview or interview. *Do not assign a gender identity to interviewees.*

Male he/him

What is the age of the interviewee?

25 to 34

How does the interviewee describe their race or ethnicity? Be sure to allow interviewees to self-identify their race/ethnicity in the pre-interview or interview. *Do not assign a racial or ethnic identity to interviewees.*


Describe the oral history.

Some of the things we discussed include:
- COVID safety precautions as a prior transplant recipient; liver transplant as a child.
- The impact of facing mortality at a young age on spirituality.
- Hearing about COVID while completing a degree and creating an action plan.
- Having continuity of care with a medical team prior to the pandemic; consultations and hyperspecific recommendations when the pandemic hit.
- Initial safety plan: quarantine for 3 months, and then having that period extended.
- Having close, positive relationships with doctors; recognizing doctors as humans.
- Quick access to CDC information in Atlanta.
- Recently catching COVID, 103˚F fever; mother traveling to provide care, mother catching COVID and shifting caregiver roles.
- Emotional and analytical reactions.
- Doing a remote medical internship in the second year of the MA program.
- University recommencing football games and not allowing a traditional in-person graduation.
- Media references to immunocompromised people.
- How the media can humanize the people they are covering; centering personal stories.
- Either/or mentalities in politics and health policy.
- Assumptions about an overlap between someone’s chosen safety precautions and political leanings.
- Checking in on friends; giving and receiving emotional support.
- Fighting disease as warfare.
- The choice to be a victor rather than a victim.
- Focusing on what one can control.

Other cultural references: University of Georgia Atlanta, Eagle Scouts, GoogleDocs, Bell’s Palsy, CDC, Gatorade, Kroeger, Target, Dateline, Pompeii, 9/11, Vietnam War, WWI, WWII

On what date did you record this oral history?

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