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Guest Blog: Rett Syndrome Awareness

In honour of Rett Syndrome Awareness Month, my good friend and fellow medical mom, Melanie Birch has written a guest blog. Last spring, our family spent four weeks helping teach our daughter, Ella,  how to ski. Her instructors were from an incredible organization called Rocky Mountain Adaptive. To be clear, they did the teaching. OurContinue reading “Guest Blog: Rett Syndrome Awareness”

I Believe – A Digital Story

One of my all time favourite images is the one you see when you first land of my website. The image is of a baby in an NICU isolette. My eyes are always drawn to all the hands and contact points between mother and baby. I find myself then looking at the NG tube andContinue reading “I Believe – A Digital Story”

College of Canadian Family Physicians

A few months ago I received an email that said, “On behalf of the College of Family Physicians of Canada, I am writing to ask if you would like to participate in Canadian Family Physician’s (CFP) Cover Project for our upcoming July 2021 issue.  We look for artists within Canada and in family medicine whoContinue reading “College of Canadian Family Physicians”

I Was There Too: Rachel Martens

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 Rachel Martens. Here’s a little intro in Rachel’s own words, “I’ve been married to my wonderful spouse Nick for 17 years. I’m mom to aContinue reading “I Was There Too: Rachel Martens”

Throwback Post: Gratitude

Two different times today the idea of positive psychology cropped up in my life. The first was during a conversation I had with Lorraine Widmer, who is running Grapes + Gratitude, about writing gratitude letters. The second was while listening to a What’s Your Grief‘s podcast episode titled Positive Psychology, Grief and PERMA, which talksContinue reading “Throwback Post: Gratitude”

I Was There Too: Ali Martens

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 Ali Martens. I first met Ali in real life at the Children’s Healthcare Canada Conference last December. Ali is one tough medical mama and IContinue reading “I Was There Too: Ali Martens”

World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. We need to talk openly about suicide. We need to share stories and educate our communities. We need to ensure that every single person knows how to access the resources available. If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal know there are people who care and canContinue reading “World Mental Health Day”

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”

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”

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”