A couple bored at a formal party.

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of my favorite movies growing up was The Princess Bride. In it, the main character Wesley says to the Princess, “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!” I love that quote because it’s an accurate bit of realism. There are some of us going through life trying to avoid as […]

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An abstract painting of a person with their eyes covered with yellow paint,

Reading Time: 4 minutes I have seen people who are hurt and depressed spiral into crippling depression rather suddenly, losing their energy and desire to live. A lot of people face depression—at least 264 million people world-wide—and that statistic is pre-pandemic (WHO, 2020). Crippling depression may include symptoms of major depression such as a loss of appetite or interest […]

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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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An absract painting with broad, black strokes infused with white.

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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An abstract mainting with light colors and a figure representing a person in the foreground.

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

An abstract painting, an array of blues, with a floating ferus.

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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An abstract painting blurry on the borders, vivid yellows, reds, blues mix in the middle.

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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