I, a therapist, go to therapy

October 10, 2017

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And it’s the best form of self care I have ever practiced! Here’s me — doing my bit to End the Stigma on World Mental Health Day I have been going to therapy for a few months now. When I started, it was because I wasn’t doing so well — physically and mentally. Being Type A isn’t easy. The pressure […]

A Near Death Experience

September 20, 2017

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What if I were to die today? What if I had just a few moments to live? What would I feel? It was 5.15PM this evening. I was on a crowded subway, west bound to Kipling from Yonge. Two stops down, the train stalled at St. George. Injury at track level, they said. That’s code for […]

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Life After Alzheimer’s

September 16, 2017

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My mom died when I was 19. She was 49. I stopped being a caregiver. But dementia is a shadow that continues to follow me. The summer has ended. I am relieved. I won’t have to look at pictures of people eating ice cream. Eating ice cream makes me anxious. I don’t mean feeling guilty. I […]

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The Autobiography of a Book

September 4, 2017

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In recent times, I have been on a pre-loved books buying spree. It is always so interesting to read what a reader may have highlighted or the notes of love and endearment written as a gift, reward or another momentous event. I am perhaps trying to recreate a simpler time. In another life I was […]

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The Serenity Song

August 2, 2017

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​Serenity is an actual place A physical space Sometimes by a lake Or inside of me On a boat on the ocean Or in the forest atop a tree. Serenity is an actual person Made of blood, flesh and tears A nun giving a sermon Or a stranger on a phone line A cherub on […]

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She’s still here — A late stage dementia story

August 1, 2017

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One of my favourite clients, Mary, is now in the later stages of dementia. She spends most of her time asleep. She barely says a few words, if we’re lucky. She used to respond to touch very well, but over the last few months, that has disappeared. It takes longer and longer to reach her. […]

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Tips to beat the Monday blues

July 17, 2017

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If you’re not living in Dubai / one of those countries, or don’t work weekends, Monday might be the first day of the week for you. And I’m going to make a guess that it isn’t your favourite day of the week. If it is, please leave and do not ever talk to me. I […]

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