Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

I happened to catch an episode of the CNN series “The Sixties” which featured the rise of the feminist movement. It caught my immediate attention as we here at Patient Commando were hard at work preparing our 2nd Annual Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. It had escaped my memory that in my lifetime there was a time when there were quotas on the spaces available to women  in medical, dental and law schools. There was a time when airline stewardesses had to be single, with soft hands and were forced to retire at the age of 32. There was a time in my lifetime that women marched in the streets fighting for equality and recognition. The episode reminded me of  many women who led the way – like journalist Gloria Steinem who infiltrated Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and The Single Girl), author Betty Friedan (The Feminine  Mystique) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) who played such important roles in galvanizing what turned into a global movement.

I couldn’t help but think of the many parallels between that time and certain realities that exist in our healthcare system. As Patient Commando and others have pointed out before, 78% [...] continue the story

Lynda Covello

Lynda P.S. Covello, LL.B., LL.M. Author, Motivational Speaker,

T1D Patient Opinion Leader,

Professional Vocalist, International Lawyer and Business Consultant

Lynda was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1973, and has lived successfully with the condition for more than 40 years, through many career and life challenges, including two successful high-risk pregnancies and a high-powered international legal and business career. Although close friends and family knew that she lives with T1D, Lynda managed this information with the rest of the world on a strict ‘need-to-know’ basis. Most of the people she worked and socialized with did not know.  Having faced the debilitating effects of fear and discrimination on the part of others in the early years of living with her condition, she made a conscious decision to keep it to herself until she was sure people could be trusted.  Even those who knew she lived with T1D were not privy to her thoughts and feelings on the subject.  Now she has begun to speak, write and sing publicly about her experiences with the hope that by doing so, she will empower others to survive and thrive on the never-ending T1D journey, as well as raise public and professional awareness of the unique challenges encountered by [...] continue the story