True Leadership

We talk about mental illness more than we used to because we need to: half a million Canadians missed work today due to mental health issues costing the Canadian economy $51 billion annually. 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with their mental health in their lifetime. I’m one of them. I have Bipolar II Disorder, […]

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Keep Calm, Paddle On

You don’t need a disability, injury, or illness to know that asking for help can be incredibly difficult. That difficulty magnifies tenfold when you live your life with what I call a ‘mental monster’. So how do we make asking for help easier, especially for those with mental monsters? It’s all about building a community […]

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Dropping the Masks

I was the wearer of masks, masks that defined many roles in my life: daughter, sister, aunt, wife, caregiver, career woman, but none of these masks exemplified the person I was on the inside. Sound familiar? How did you respond the last time you got asked the age-old question, “So what do you do?” Most […]

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Postpartum Awakening

I knew I had to refocus my journalism career on maternal mental health the moment I realized prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, and psychosis were real biological conditions instead of the existential crises I once believed them to be. The realization happened after I started experiencing strange symptoms following the birth […]

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My Unlikely Path to Ironman

After much internal debate, I decided that Lake Placid Ironman 2015 was going to be my first full distance triathlon. Why not shoot for the stars? Lake Placid is the longest-running North American Ironman and a former Olympics venue. After doing the research on courses that would potentially suit my strengths, I settled on Lake […]

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Journeying with Jacob

Our son’s autism diagnosis changed our lives forever. The day Jacob was diagnosed, I remember barely being able to stand. I wanted to cry. I was so angry with God for being cruel and allowing my son to have a ‘disability’. If it weren’t for my father, Hugh, I couldn’t have handled hearing the word […]

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