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Dispatches From Our 'Diary Of LA' Project

We are living through historic times. Help us capture this moment by contributing your own story. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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We asked for your help to create a shared diary about what it's like to live in Los Angeles during a pandemic and you're starting to raise your hands.

So far we've had more than 50 people tell us they're interested in taking part. Many of them already have submitted video or text diaries. We're poring over those now and will begin sharing more soon. For now, here's a taste...

Toban Nichols, 50, writes about becoming so sick that he lost more than 25 pounds, though he was unable to get tested for COVID-19 at the time:

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"During the worst of it, my gums ached every day for two weeks. It felt like someone was scraping something back and forth between my gums and teeth. I could not stand in the shower without taking a break and sitting down. I couldn't even make it the 15 feet from my bed to the bathroom without feeling like I couldn't catch my breath."


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On a lighter note, Julie Bien, 32, an adjunct journalism professor at Cal State Northridge, writes that she misses her students but sees this as an exciting time to teach journalism:

"Most professionals don't get this level of 'crisis news' training until they've been doing this for years. I know it's not ideal, but I'm hopeful that some really good news-making is going to emerge from this, and that people will understand how important this industry is."

And Miranda Page, 40, says she's sheltering in place with her boyfriend -- and his ex-girlfriend:

"And so we decided to tentatively give this whole thing a try. And hilarity (and tears and frustration and a whole lotta grace) ensued."

Everyone has a story to tell. We invite you to join in this effort, and we have good news. We found a way to make it much easier to get involved by using the streamlined submission form below.

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