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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”

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”

21 Weeks: Stories & Advocacy

As a storytelling photographer, it is my goal to make documentary family photography accessible for all medical, special needs, and palliative families. As an educator, medical mom and advocate, my goal is to offer my voice to those working to ensure our government is providing ALL families with appropriate access to education and healthcare. PerhapsContinue reading “21 Weeks: Stories & Advocacy”

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”