Self Care

What depression looks like

What Mental Illness Looks Like

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Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of interesting comments from people when they learn that I live with mental illness. Advice is probably the most common theme, as in – have you tried focusing on the positive? Do you…

BRCA mutation testing

Mom Genes

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As a grade 7 high school student, I was asked to write an English essay about my “hopes, dreams, and aspirations for the future”. Most teens in my class described ambitious academic and career goals and philanthropic intentions. I chose…

Type 1 Diabetes

My Type 1 Truth

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As I pass the 20 year mark on my diabetic journey, I have come to a place of reflection on the reality of what I have been through. Before I begin with the personal side, I should shed some light…

This is how to make yourself a priority

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In the five years since we’ve launched Wise Women Canada, we’ve learned so much. The experiences we’ve had, including television appearances, public speaking opportunities, our own radio show and a column in a national magazine (among countless others), have been…

starting over at 55

QUIT MY JOB AND START OVER AT 55?

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It’s not you – it’s me”!  A line made famous by George Costanza on Seinfeld – is one I can’t wait to repeat – not to my boyfriend, husband or partner – but to my employer. After almost thirty years of participating in…

Happy birthday to us!

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  Four years ago this week we launched Wise Women Canada after months of researching, planning, developing and smashing our heads against a few walls. We never imagined that so much blood sweat and tears could go into the launch…

Girlfriends supporting each other: Wise Women Canada

Measuring Time in Love and Friendship

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Looking back at 2007, I remember a year fraught with physical and emotional pain. My agenda was replete with doctors’ appointments and visits to acupuncturists and nutritionists. I spent most days immobilized on my sofa, willing the excruciating burning in…

parental abuse

Unconditional Love

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I am a 38-year old woman, married with two beautiful daughters, and a house in the suburbs. I am certain that we share some common interests and hobbies. I might be your neighbour, best friend, acquaintance, relative, or a complete…

When Anxiety Affects Your Parenting

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Anxiety can exacerbate even the simplest of parenting tasks and steal the gratification we should be receiving. But it is possible to gain control over your anxiety and create a healthy family dynamic. First posted on Best Health Here are…

Imagine

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Imagine… you get a call one day offering you the chance to win a $100,000. It’s a new reality show that takes ordinary people and asks them to do extraordinary things. All that you have to do is walk across…

Life Takes Guts

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For many people living with Crohn’s disease, life can involve urgent trips to the bathroom as well as pain. For some, Crohn’s can even be deadly. Living with a chronic disease like this can be difficult and isolating. In severe…

Fit Vs. Fiction

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“Alone I lived inside my head, never wanting to leave my bed On the outside so strong and tough, but inside never good enough I spent each moment wrapped in fear, afraid of looking in the mirror What power it…