I Was There Too: Krystle Schofield

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with other medical moms and photographers who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. Meet Krystle Schofield. I originally met Krystle at The Real Life Photography Conference last November. A mutual photography friend had told each of us about theContinue reading “I Was There Too: Krystle Schofield”

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and would have been my dad’s 64th birthday. My dad died by suicide in January of 2015. Suicide and mental health are topics our family openly talks about. Every year 800,000 people around the world die by suicide. When someone dies by suicide their family, friends and communityContinue reading “World Suicide Prevention Day”

I Was There Too: Melanie Birch

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with other medical moms and photographers who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. Meet Melanie Birch and her daughter, Ella. I originally met Melanie through a Facebook group for medical parents in the Bow Valley even before we officiallyContinue reading “I Was There Too: Melanie Birch”

Tell Your Story Together

Kane and I tell our healthcare story together through photography. At this stage of the game, for Kane, I think it’s something fun to do with mom, something to pass the time at hospital appointments. For me, it’s how I manage the nerves and feelings that come up around those same hospital appointments. Photography isContinue reading “Tell Your Story Together”

Tell Your Story: Sharing My Heart

Sharing your story is something each and every one of us can do. You can do it for yourself. You can do it to educate or inform others. However you choose to tell your story, just the act of telling it can help you to heal. I tell our story with my camera. The dayContinue reading “Tell Your Story: Sharing My Heart”

I’m Ready, What’s Next: Conversations & Connections

What a year! This time last year our family had just learned about the opportunity to move to Canmore. We were trying to figure out if it was feasible for my career as an educator (not yet), as well as if it was a realistic possibility with Kane’s healthcare needs (turns out yes). Well regardless,Continue reading “I’m Ready, What’s Next: Conversations & Connections”

Personal Project: Back to Reality

Kane and I were at the Alberta Children’s Hospital this week for his dental surgery. His surgery was cancelled in April due to COVID, but because of his heart issues he was a high priority. It felt a bit strange to be there because of the fact that every one of Kane’s other five surgeriesContinue reading “Personal Project: Back to Reality”

Throwback Post: A Day in My 2015 Life

This post is a throwback to the very first time I did an entire day in the life. This post was originally published in October 2015 and I am bringing it out of retirement to share with my Personal Photography Projects class through artsPlace. I love looking back to see just how far my photographyContinue reading “Throwback Post: A Day in My 2015 Life”

Personal Projects: Finding Meaning

“Perspective is a function of experience. Kids can feel like their worlds are ending because their worlds are smaller than ours…So, what we can do, is let them feel. Give them permission to feel. And more importantly, be super brave, and let them see us feel. Let them watch us navigate our feelings in awkward,Continue reading “Personal Projects: Finding Meaning”

Essential Medical Appointments

Once it became clear just how important physical distancing and flattening the curve were to curbing the spread of COVID-19 many of my son Kane’s medical and dental appointments were cancelled. The first to get bumped was a neuro-developmental assessment. Then we got a call from Kane’s pediatric dentist office saying his dental surgery wasContinue reading “Essential Medical Appointments”