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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 […]

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 […]

Brain Tumor Statistics – becoming a number

by clairesnyman

Brain tumor statistics – becoming a number I visited the Brain Cancer Got Me Thinking Exhibit at the Visual Space Gallery in Vancouver. I, myself, am a brain tumor survivor, one of those brain tumor statistics I had heard about many years ago when I was diagnosed. This particular exhibit was a showcase of art […]

Finding a ‘new normal’ after brain surgery

by clairesnyman

Finding a ‘new normal’ after brain surgery A wise friend kindly mentioned to me one day, about three months after my brain surgery for my benign brain tumor, that I might need to consider finding a new normal. I was struggling with heavy fatigue, my short term memory was a challenge and in general my […]