why i tell my story

I am fortunate to have opportunities to share our family’s story about our experience with our youngest son in the health system.  I do a fair amount of public speaking as a ‘mom’ to health professional and student audiences.

And while I am despondent at the slow pace of change in the world of patient and family centred care in the Canadian health system, I was recently reminded why I do what I do by a health faculty student at the University of Alberta’s Interprofessional Practice Launch.  I have been speaking to students there for the past three years.

A facilitator shared with me something she overheard in the hallway.  A student said, “hearing that mom speak is going to change everything about the way I see my education.”


If even one person out of hundreds has a slight shift in their attitude, if they see patients as people first, if they vow to celebrate the births of all babies (even the sick babies — especially the sick babies), if they take the time to understand a patient’s story and practice compassionate care… well, then I’ve done my job.  But that one comment from that one student has tempered all the preparation, anxiety and sweating that goes into these presentations.

This awesome quote shared by Teresa Chinn sums it up best:


Let’s keep sharing our stories with the world, folks.  I think that’s the only way we are going to change the world.

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