Lisa Casselman: My Big Sister Carol: Seeking to belong, desperate for a voice Carol suffered brain damage at birth, leaving her to face life with mental disabilities. Being part of a community and a sense of belonging were important to her, says her sister Lisa. But as her schizoaffective disorder took hold in her later years, an effective support team became critical. She found that support network in the […]

Anne Findlay: My mother’s eyes Anne Findlay’s life is intricately intertwined with the healthcare system. It’s a connection that stems from the death of her mother after she was injured at the hands of those who were supposed to heal her. Beth Findlay had lost her husband, and had been forced from her home and community after suffering a […]

Anne Ewen: Sometimes, memories are all that matter There are times when a healthy return to normal life from a medical condition is not an option. Sometimes, making the best of a bad situation with the help of plenty of compassion is all one can ask for. For Anne Ewen’s husband, diabetes eventually became a death sentence. There came a time when […]

Teri Price: Her brother Greg’s death and her own healthcare journey Teri Price was shaken to her core by the death of her brother Greg. A few painful weeks later, the young Calgary woman found herself navigating the same healthcare system behind the fateful chain of medical errors that killed her brother. Greg’s death in May 2012 was painful and mere months after her brother’s […]

John Cuthbertson: A passing in Foothills’ Unit 36 Life changed forever for John Cuthbertson when he took his wife Dawn into the Foothills hospital emergency room one cold, November day. She would never leave the hospital and would face death in the Foothills’ Unit 36, a special unit where only the very sick are treated. “I had no idea what my family […]

Gail Mackean: Living for treatments or treatments to live The birth of a child is supposed to be the beginning of a parent’s lifetime of joy. For Gail MacKean, the birth of her son marked the beginning of a life-long journey through Alberta’s healthcare system, a journey marred by confusion, fear and frustration. MacKean’s story is the story of a family left in […]

Charlie Fischer: What happens to those who can’t advocate for themselves?

As someone who has served as a leader in several energy giants in Calgary, Alberta, Charlie Fischer is an icon in the business community. So it was that when he was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, he brought to bear an impressive team and strategy to his battle against the disease. By his side […]