For the past 48 hours I have been struggling with how to write this blog. It has been so hard because it is tragic and heavy topic, I wish that people knew they were loved.
You may remember a few years ago those “Keep Calm And Carry On” posters were everywhere, people had it on tshirts, coffee mugs, parodies sprung up quickly and it seemed everyone had at least one thing with it on.
Last week I came across a blog on The Mighty titled “When It’s Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and it immediately resonated with me.
Election time is upon us here in Canada. It’s been a difficult few years with financial turmoil, senate scandals, and great environmental debates.
I see a lot of things as a paramedic. I see elderly persons who are all alone, with not a single loved one. I see 50 year olds having chest pains and heart attacks. I see the devastating results of alcohol and drug addiction. And death. This one I think about the most: I met her mother first. She was inconsolably sobbing, and couldn't walk without falling over. A nurse had to help her into the hospital.
My dad was born into poverty in the tiny seaside village of Agat, Guam, in 1952. His mom died when he was a child, and he never knew his dad.
He was raised by his uncle’s family in another small village, Piti, after being separated from his brothers and sisters.
So he grew up without parents, pained by the fact that his father was never there for him, tormented by helplessness as his family was split up.
A young man in recovery named Charlie came to my house earlier this year with his parents.
Pete’s overdose death
On September 26, 2011, Jamie and Yolanda Cameron of Walkerton lost their youngest son, Wes, to suicide.
Soon after Chris died, I knew I wanted to do "something" to honour Chris's memory and bring attention to mental health. I became aware that there wasn't open, candid conversation after losing a child or anyone to suicide. This was the beginning of the idea of the video, Behind the Curtain – How we Survive with my friend, Nancy Hiron.