When the words “cancer” and “sarcoma” were uttered, Ariane and her parents fell apart. She had just started her first semester of university…Will she die?
I had everything I needed so the only thing to do was to share the rest of what I had with those who needed it. I had worked with various institutions in the healthcare community throughout my career. So I had an interest in the field and a certain sensitivity to the many, glaring needs that had to be addressed.
If it is “normal” to have fears when you become a parent, know that it is not “normal” to live with intrusive thoughts. If your worries are keeping you from functioning, it’s time to get help. This is true for new moms and it is also true for their spouses.
As a psychiatrist, I understand mental illnesses more than many people, I know all the signs and symptoms and I know the healthy lifestyle habits to maintain to avoid them as much as possible. None of this stopped me from suffering from depression myself in the period surrounding the birth of my son two years ago.
It became clear to me how head injuries affect so many of us and should not be stigmatized. Instead, these conversations should be shared with everyone and anyone who will listen. I will always be grateful and never forget how far I have come and recognize all the incredible work of the medical teams that helped me get back on my feet.
Cardiovascular disease can impact anyone at any time, especially women, and it is important to never take our health for granted. I’ve been living with a pacemaker for the past 34 years and had my 6th pacemaker implanted on February 6, 2020. I am a living example of “heart” resilience.
Sadly, our family’s experience is not unique. Mental illness is a global epidemic that severely affects millions of people, along with their families, workplaces, and friends.Teens and young adults have the highest prevalence of mental illness compared to other age groups.
In December 2017, I was hit by a car while walking my dog. When I got home from the hospital, I received a diary of different moments during my time in intensive care. It was an extremely important and positive part of my recovery.
The moment I received my cancer diagnostic I knew that our lives had changed forever. It was one of the scariest moments of my life, but once Dr. Lorenzo Ferri and his team took charge, fear subsided.
Mrs. Evelyn Cournoyer, Mr. Yvan Cournoyer, Mr. André Desmarais, Mrs. France Chrétien‑Desmarais, Mrs. Norma Mulder, Dr. David S. Mulder and Mr. Olivier Desmarais at the launch of the CODE LiFE Campaign.
We have been very attached to the hospital for a long time, so it was an easy decision to take part in CODE LiFE. Especially as the Montreal General Hospital has a lot to be proud about, including a tremendous heritage and a profound importance to the city’s social stability.