I had the pleasure of writing a review of Jen Powley’s memoir, Just Jen, for this month’s Quill & Quire. Memoir lovers and disability activists will appreciate Powley’s politics and her direct and unflinching prose. Personally though, the element of her story I was most struck by was her resourcefulness in creating human networks that… Read More

Yesterday’s Toronto Star featured an excellent article by health reporter Theresa Boyle about the current state of Ontario’s hospital emergency departments—overcrowded and forced to store patients in “unconventional spaces.” On January 28th I had gone to extreme lengths to pretend my bowel obstruction wasn’t serious for many hours before my partner Blair managed to convince… Read More

Today Facebook reminded me that it is Kathy Dillon’s birthday. I knew Kathy in 2009-2010 when I facilitated a monthly writing group for people affected by cancer at Gilda’s Club in Toronto. Kathy was a delightful participant. Always open to trying things and always creating unexpected and thought-provoking work. She was a dedicated supporter of… Read More

UPDATE: After posting this on March 7th the same investigator who called the week before phoned back on March 8th to say that she had reversed her decision. Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who emailed Manulife, tweeted and posted on Facebook. You have my eternal gratitude. Summary: On November 16th I had… Read More

The dietician was the last person I spoke to when I was discharged from the hospital on Monday (yes, Monday, three days ago, Monday). He was being almost-too-respectful so I kind of felt like I had to shake him down for insight and advice. I wanted to know how I ended up in the emergency… Read More