Just moments into my interview with Nicholle Anderson, I found myself wishing everyone in Canada could be on the call with me so they too could hear her voice with its wonderful mix of fire, effervescence, and steely determination. Our conversation ranged from competitive cheer to parenting to existential musings to cancer, which was the […]
Unsinkable spotlights stories of courage, resilience, bravery, transformation, recovery, and hope. Listen as Canadian celebs, young people, health pros, and the amazing human beings who live next door share their lived experiences.
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Four years ago, my step-daughter, who is profoundly affected by autism, came home from her day programme. Her dad was away, and she walked in the door with her caregiver. She looked up at me, and suddenly her face lit up in a smile. In the six years that I had known her, it was […]
We are your typical single parent family. A mother who works at the hospital and two teenage children who attend high school. But if you actually knew us personally you would know that there’s so much more to our story than meets the eye. My son has just turned 17 and he is passionate about […]
Mother’s Day is one of the most special days of the year. As a mother who has a very close relationship with both of my daughters (they are now 22 and 24), I know how important this day is because of the very nature of our deep bond. A bond that needs to be celebrated. […]
I can think of nothing more tragic and inhumane than to live a life unseen, a life devoid of the authentic connections, those all-important strands that intimately weave our life’s story to the heartbeats of others. For so many people, that’s exactly what living with trauma, addiction, and compromised mental health feels like. We, as […]
This is the story of how I came to be the face of the Canadian Continence Foundation. Let me start from the beginning. I was born with a high imperforate anus, which, as many of you know, means I was born without the actual anal opening. Doctors had to create the anal opening for me […]
It seems that all my life I have been hearing other people’s stories. This has not been a hardship – it has been a privilege and a source of inspiration and wonder to me. As an athlete I was at the top of my game, a World Champion and World Cup Champion when I was […]
They never saw me. Maybe it was because I was too quiet. Or too young. The baby brother vying for the attention that he could never seem to win from those he loved, admired and looked up to. For that baby brother, since the time he was a baby, nothing seemed to be fair. It […]
Some stories are harder to tell than others. When it comes to personal stories, I doubt I’m reaching if I say it’s a fact that discussions surrounding our happiest of endings flow with ease, and recounting the darker, more difficult tales feels like swallowing sand. I’ve often considered that it could have more to do […]
It’s easy to feel helpless. Useless. Sunk. I have learned the hard way you can’t ignore change and disruptions. The only way to get through is to embrace them and find a way forward. Easier said than done sometimes, I know. But after one woman created the environment for me to overcome enormous odds to […]
Maria Estrada embodies the spirit of hope and help that Unsinkable is all about. Since childhood, Maria has faced serious mental health challenges, challenges that resulted in self-harm, multiple suicide attempts, and addiction. When she first took the reins of her mental health at the age of 12, she also took that first critical step […]
I spent most of January 2014 walking. Alone. The reasons for this were two-fold: 1) I’d just had invasive double back surgery and walking was the best rehab. 2) Walking alone gave me time to think. I needed a clear head to contemplate my next move because for the first time in 20 years, I […]