Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes At the time of this post, I am on day fourteen into my fortnight of self-isolation after returning from the States to Toronto. My father passed away on March 11th. For those that have sent messages, I thank you for that. I’m still processing it. I haven’t really dug too deep into it. I get […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes Sure, COVID-19 is disrupting life as we know it, but I am not convinced that this is such a bad thing. Here’s what I’m getting out of this mess: Time I am always on the go, complaining about not having enough time. With recent cancellations of plans, events, classes…I have more time. I have managed […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The summer of 2017 was idyllic. We had everything they could have dreamed of: a happy marriage, a beautiful home in Colorado, two adorable sons ages 3.5 and almost 2, and a daughter on the way. We spent most of the summer poolside in Boulder and visited beaches in California and Hawaii. Our boys loved […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) on April 26, 2007. I received one year of chemo and one month of radiation. Undergoing both treatments simultaneously was not easy. With chemo, I lost my hair. My appetite evaporated. It made me felt nauseous and would indeed cause me to throw up. When I was getting treated […]

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From Mum to Meditator

November 26, 2019

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s January and little do I know but I am about to embark on the most anxious journey of my life so far. I am 27 years old and just found out I am pregnant for the second time. I should be ecstatic and I am. However, reality sets in and I can feel the […]

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Reading Time: 7 minutes Many infertile couples have had to set aside their dream of having children. What is the best response when one of them shares such news with you? A while back I wrote an article, “Sometimes It’s Best to Say Nothing,” that explains what not to say to couples who are dealing with infertility and in […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes My mom died. There is no other way to say it. Using euphemisms does not soften the blow. I sit here writing this fully able to accept the reality of her death. I knew it was coming. I have been doing anticipatory grieving for the last year and a half. In this time, I watched […]

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