Writing our own illness stories is hard. Performing them is about ten billion times harder. When Robin Duke was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 her first instinct was to hide. Robin had written, performed and produced on stage and screen but she was determined that cancer was going to be a private performance. Now… Read More

Leaving New York from Laguardia yesterday my ostomy pouch was flagged in a TSA full body security scan. I was asked to step aside and told I needed to be searched. In front of staff and a crowd of fellow travellers the security officer pointed at the image of my body on the scanner, with… Read More

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