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I Was There Too: #TuckerStrong

I Was There Too is a series of conversations I am having with photographers and medical families who are telling stories of life (and sometimes death) for families with medical complexities. Meet Mark and Megan Hewson. And their son, Tucker. I happened to meet Mark and Megan at the Treasure Life beads table outside theContinue reading “I Was There Too: #TuckerStrong”

I Was There Too: Judy Dahl

I Was There Too is (usually) a series of conversations I am having with photographers and medical moms who are telling stories of life for families with medical complexities. This week, in honour of Heart Day and CHD awareness week I chatted with the Child Life Specialist who supported Kane and our family during hisContinue reading “I Was There Too: Judy Dahl”

Together: A Day at the Hospital

So Kane wants to write (another) book… As you have probably gathered the setting is at the hospital, in this case the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Mom: “Who are the characters?”Kane: “Me, you and the doctors…and nurses…every one of them.” Mom: “Why are we writing the book?”Kane: “For children and cause I’m making a little bookshop.”Continue reading “Together: A Day at the Hospital”

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”

Happy Heart Day

Here’s the photography project invitation I sent out on Facebook recently. FYI the image above is actually just one image in a slideshow, swipe left or click the arrows to see the rest of the images. Trying something new. I would love to see your images of heart projects, paper or otherwise. Feel free toContinue reading “Happy Heart Day”

Just Another Day

Life with a medical kid is interesting. There are times where our family is pretty normal, well, you know, as normal as any family is! And then there are times where it feels like the medical appointments and discussions about challenges and where to go next take over. We are in that right now. InContinue reading “Just Another Day”

Why Medical Families?

This is me…well, the me of 4 years ago. This is also me…a more recent version of me. I am a medical mom. I am an advocate. I am a storytelling photographer. I share the story of our lives.Partly, so our family can see us.Partly, so other families can see themselves.But mostly for me, becauseContinue reading “Why Medical Families?”

Hello, Alberta Children’s Hospital

Last week was Kane’s first cardiology appointment at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. We have been regular attendees at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton for the last 7 years, but with our move to Canmore comes a new hospital and a lot of new learning. So we brought our cameras and headed overContinue reading “Hello, Alberta Children’s Hospital”

Child Life…a gratitude letter

On September 23rd, 2019 my six year old son, Kane, underwent his second open heart surgery at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. In the months leading up to Kane’s surgery, I kept struggling with two challenging thoughts… I was really concerned with how different this surgery would be than Kane’s first heart surgery when he wasContinue reading “Child Life…a gratitude letter”