Ethan’s Butterflies

A Spiritual Book For Parents and Young Children After the Loss of a Baby When a baby dies one of the first concerns a parent has is the impact this loss has on their young living children. It is difficult to know what to say or how to talk about the death of a long-awaited sibling. Ethan’s Butterflies provides a way for parents and professionals to connect with young children who experience the loss of a sibling. This story is written from a young child’s perspective and told by a pink elephant named Emma. Emma describes her deep sadness, anger and fears and poses many questions that children often raise. Emma shows how she and her family learn to live with the loss her baby brother Ethan and how they continue to connect with him in many ways, one of which is a butterfly and another is love.

Excerpts from the book …”One day Momma was very sad and crying. Edgar and I wondered what was wrong? We were scared. Momma and Dadda told us that Ethan died. He was not breathing and his heart was not beating. We looked at our brother Ethan and touched his cold skin. He looked like he [...] continue the story

Britt J. Moody – Blogging and Participatory Medicine

Medicine X films is a project that aims to shine a light on the thought leaders and innovators in emerging technology and medicine.

This film profiles ePatient Britt J. Johnson. She talks about blogging and Participatory Medicine.

My Cancer Journey

My experience with cancer pushed me to make “consumer-driven” actually mean something in the healthcare industry. By Aimee Jungman

I’m a 42 year-old woman who has always been in good health. In April of ‘08, I started getting cramps in my stomach. They persisted for several weeks and occasionally were accompanied by sharp pains. This was unusual for my body. While on vacation, I admitted myself into a hospital emergency room (ER). The ER did blood work, a CT-scan, and an MRI, and said there was nothing seriously wrong. I just had a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a small cyst on my ovary that the doctor explained would go away on its own. The doctor prescribed medicine for the UTI and advised me to check in with my OB/GYN in a few months for a checkup.

What surprised me about the whole experience was that the clinical system seemed to dismiss my concern. As a woman who knows her own body, I was telling them something was wrong, but they told me I was overreacting. They were incredibly nonchalant and explained that female bodies were always changing due to hormones or menopause, that it can be hard for women to accept aging, [...] continue the story

The Executive View – Winnie Doyle

What does “Executive” really mean in the context of the delivery of care?

At St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Winnie Doyle holds three executive positions. She is the Vice-President Patient Services, Chief Nursing Executive, and Senior Vice-President for Acute Care and Chronic Disease Management.

And she’s also an award-winning teacher recently being awarded the 2012 John C. Sibley Award from the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences. The award is presented annually to part-time faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the education of health professionals.

As packed as her executive agenda is, Winnie Doyle has a clear vision of the central driver of her philosophy of care. At the one minute mark of this clip she reveals what “executive” means in the context of providing care.

Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal (or the Perils of Procrastination)

By Jo Collinge

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my huband’s nephew, Christopher, taken from this life at the age of only 32.

When I first met the late great Susie Sharman she was wearing a t-shirt which had emblazoned across it “Life is Not a Dress Rehearsal”. How right she was – Susie had more than her fair share of trials and tribulations over the following 20 years of our friendship, but she always lived every day as if it were her last, until her last day came when she slipped peacefully away.

I’m certainly guilty myself of “getting it wrong” over the years – but its from our mistakes that we learn and hopefully move on……Its not doing anything about those mistakes where problems can manifest and at times fester. Tim, having “divorced” himself from his immediate family, had not seen or spoken to his sister, Tanya, or his niece or nephews for five years. At the time, I decided not to get involved but did say to my sister-in-law to keep in touch if she ever needed anything. Since then, we haven’t spoken as such, but more texted each other every now and then, including when I was [...] continue the story