Brain tumors and mindfulness

by clairesnyman

Brain tumors and Mindfulness – Mind games It was about eight months after my brain surgery for my benign brain tumor that I started to see a clinical psychologist for post-traumatic stress and stumbled the relationships between brain tumors and mindfulness. I had been struggling with immense fatigue since my surgery and the challenge of […]

While #CanadaWAITS

by clairesnyman

How to put your health in your own hands while #CanadaWAITS Health care is a system of complex interactions. When you add in limited resources, delays in wait times to see specialists, for elective surgeries or at the emergency department become longer than average. This is a challenge for both patients, doctors and specialists. Recently, […]

Use a TEAM Approach to take charge of your health!

by clairesnyman

How to use a TEAM Approach to take charge of your health. A serious health diagnosis can leave anyone feeling shattered and powerless, unsure where to turn. How do we ride the wave of uncertainty? After my brain tumor diagnosis, I realized there would be many roles I would take on. I knew I had […]

Short-term memory loss

by clairesnyman

How to deal with short-term memory loss Short-term memory loss can be very overwhelming when it happens, and I’m not talking about what happens as we all get older and forget where we put our car keys. I’m talking about the memory loss after a brain injury, brain surgery, as a result of a brain […]

The Power of Community

by clairesnyman

The Power of Community is bigger than we ever dare dream By definition a community is “a unified body of individuals.” For me, the power of community brings images to mind of family, friends and people I don’t even know but who care enough to say hi when out walking. It’s the strangers who smile […]

Partnering with our medical team for better patient care

by clairesnyman

How partnering with our medical team for better patient care leads to better outcomes Every one of us will be a patient in the health care system, especially with our aging population and surge in chronic diseases. Partnering with our medical team for better patient care may sound like a great idea – but how […]

Wearing a mask

by clairesnyman

Wearing a mask I never really wore a mask. What you saw was pretty much what you got. I would like to think I am almost the same today – in most ways. I cannot deny that I hide some things away. I might not be exactly the same in one situation as I am […]

Parenting with a health condition

by clairesnyman

Parenting with a health condition – overcoming the challenges. Nothing can make you think more carefully about being a parent than being faced with NOT being a parent anymore. Not being able to see your child, who lies sleeping in their bed oblivious to the goings-on around them. To see them grow up and play their […]

Finding Balance in your life

by clairesnyman

Finding balance – is it possible? Work, play, children, husband, wife, partner, parents, exercise, house, groceries, car, birthdays, sports, garden, holidays. Finding balance. Does that word even come into our list of never ending things to do in our fast-paced environment of 2016? With the advent of high tech gadgets, apps and 24/7 connection; it […]

How to be your body’s own health Advocate

by clairesnyman

How to be your body’s own health Advocate. Over the past two decades, I have had my fair share of health challenges. But none were to surpass that of being diagnosed with a rare non-malignant brain tumor at the age of 34. The chaos that ensued within my mind after that diagnosis was challenging to […]