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 […]
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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 […]
My name is Ashley Rose Murphy and I’m in my third year of university. I’m just like most young women my age. I have a boyfriend, my little brother can be a pain sometimes, and I love music and movies. But trust me, just like you, I have my own struggles. There is one thing […]
The following is a piece written by Unsinkable’s Jody Carrow from her interview with Nick Laporte It’s an expression we hear and use all the time when seeking or giving advice – trust your heart – because we believe our hearts hold the wisdom and insight we need to make the decisions that align […]
What started out as a relaxing dinner with family and friends, quickly became the most terrifying night of Hana’s life. She would start the day as Hana Engel, a woman reunited with her loved ones, and end it in the public eye as the girl on fire. We got the chance to sit down with […]
I can’t clearly remember when I started struggling with my mental health or when I started losing faith in myself. If you asked her, my psychiatrist might say that my story began on the Wednesday when I started getting proper treatment for my depression. My parents might say it began on that Thursday in middle […]
The soccer pitch has always been a safe space for me. I have been privileged to play the beautiful game for over 35 years. Despite the occasional distant scent of skunk, the green grass and humidity of the summer has always given me a lot of happiness. Sprinting down the sidelines as my heart is […]