The Master Patient

My name is Sarah and my journey is 25 years in the making.

I am a recent graduate with a MA in Sociology specializing in Families, Health and Well-being and a long time patient of the Canadian health care system. I started this project in late 2012, shortly after relocating to Toronto, Ontario with my sister and our three cats Isabelle, Teddy and Oliver. Initially, writing was a means to continue my journey of self discovery post-institution and sharpen my skills of analysis and introspection, while searching for a “real life career”. I deeply miss the engaging discussions, problem solving and critical thinking that I experienced with my professors and peers during grad school and this project has helped me retain some of that. Over the last seven years I have volunteered with numerous health care and health related organizations – trying to gain experiences, knowledge and understanding from others. I love animals, nature and travelling, the latter of which I hope to do more of in the future. My kitten Isabelle sitting on my laptop

I was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder, when I was two and a half years old. Living with this chronic illness has meant [...] continue the story