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.
My name is Maryam. I’m 29 years old. When I was 22, I developed borderline personality disorder. To start to get back on my feet, I had to fight an epic seven-year battle. I didn’t realize how strong I was before going through this nightmare.
I had two options. Either they could amputate part of my leg or I could embark on what he called a project: a series of operations in which they would reconstruct everything that was broken. I chose the project.
‟For a while, I really hated my body for what it was doing to me. It’s good to change it around and say: it’s just the vessel that carries me. In the end you have to realize that you are not the disease, you are your own person.”
If my experience has taught me anything, it is that depression comes in many shapes and sizes and everyone faces it differently. It’s comforting to know that I’m being helped with the latest technology in the field of mental health. As the result of those treatments and my desire to enjoy and get a lot more out of life, I’m doing better almost every day.
Every time I participated in a music therapy session, I was blown away by how much good it did me. It gave me so much energy, so much joy! It’s incredible how much music can heal us.
They saved my life! Their program embraces all of the person, and not only the cancer. All the work they do is to build the body up, so that when we go to have the operation, we are prepared for it.