Parenting

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    Why I Support the Free HPV Vaccination for Boys

    When Ty and Jayden came home with MY name written on their stickers for the Terry Fox Run, it hit me again that I had cancer this year and that I’m now a thyroid cancer survivor. Having also had “pre-cancer” warnings after pap tests and colonoscopies, I’m really nervous about the future of my own […] Read more…

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    Best Boys Birthday Party Ever at Joyride 150 Bike Park

    Jayden had been counting down to his birthday for months. Over the summer, we had looked online and visited some local outdoor skateparks and hit Joyride (it’s $17 after 7pm) to practice for the big day! Jayden recently had his 9th birthday party at Joyride 150 Bike Park in Markham with 12 of his best buddies. “Best […] Read more…

Lifestyle

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    Yes, You Can Make a Perfect Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker

    “What’s for dinner?” is one of my least favourite phrases heard around my house. As I slowly answer what we’re having, I cross my fingers and hope that it won’t be met with…”oh, that again” or “I don’t like that“. What the kids don’t seem to realize is that for their entire lives, I’ve been […] Read more…

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    Taking Care of Yourself: Win a Set of Be With Cards for Self-Care

    I can remember when Zack was little I could share intimate and difficult details about his life and his medical needs, but when someone asked me “What about you? What do you do for yourself as his caregiver“, I lost it and dissolved into tears. Taking care of ourselves as caregivers…as mothers…is so complex and […] Read more…

Grief

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    We Can’t Wait to Walk for SickKids again!

    Do you have a SickKids story? We do.  We’ve seen the miracles, first hand, that take place within those walls at SickKids.  We were given the gift of 3 years with our child, when the odds were against him from the start.  Not nearly enough, but we may never have known how truly amazing he […] Read more…

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    A Beautiful Reminder of the Miracles Around Us

    We have a strong connection to heaven, having lost our son Zack at the age of 3, due to complications from pneumonia and his underlying heart condition. And more than once, we’ve seen the signs that remind us that heaven really does exist. There have also been times when our loss has shaken the faith […] Read more…

Giving Back

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    Our Holiday Traditions Include Giving Back

    After losing a child, it’s not difficult to believe that we would find the holidays really tough. We can’t buy our Zack any gifts or celebrate the joy of the holidays with all three of our boys and it truly makes Christmas really tough each year. We hold onto the sweet memories of our three […] Read more…

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    Why You Should Register for the Walk for SickKids

    We did it! For the fourth year in a row, Paul and I walked the full 20km…but this time the boys joined us! I really thought that we might only do 10km this year, for a few different reasons (mostly that we didn’t have anyone to hang with the kids when they pooped out at […] Read more…

Reviews & Contests

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    Taking Care of Yourself: Win a Set of Be With Cards for Self-Care

    I can remember when Zack was little I could share intimate and difficult details about his life and his medical needs, but when someone asked me “What about you? What do you do for yourself as his caregiver“, I lost it and dissolved into tears. Taking care of ourselves as caregivers…as mothers…is so complex and […] Read more…

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    Why I love getting in the Orange Zone at Orangetheory Fitness

    The months since my total thyroidectomy due to thyroid cancer have been an interesting journey of adjusting to my new scar, damaged voice and of course, the fact that my metabolism now relies on medication to regulate it and that medication has caused me to gain some of my lost weight back. I’ve felt the struggles of […] Read more…