It’s World BreastFeeding Week and UNICEF and WHO are running full-steam ahead with their campaigns. Yet, while breastfeeding is an ideal, this kind of campaign is adding extra pressure on new parents, particularly moms, if they can’t or decide not to breastfeed based on their needs and situations. Breastfeeding is an ideal – and this … Continue reading Let’s give moms a break when it comes to breastfeeding
Living with grief definitely affects my mental health and it’s made me realize that despite the “norm”, everyone at some point suffers from a mental health issue. It’s pretty easy to think about our physical health and take steps to keep in shape – like exercising, watching what we eat, or even wearing sunscreen to … Continue reading Ride Don’t Hide
The more I get involved in postpartum and mental health issues, the more I see that there are lots of awareness-raising events about them (at least in Vancouver). After the interview with CBC, I was pleasantly surprised when I was contacted to join this year’s “Climb Out of the Darkness” events in British Columbia. I … Continue reading One of the world’s largest events about maternal mental illness
There’s something about getting real mail, letters in particular, that can’t be replaced with emails, tweets, WhatsApp messages, SMS, etc. When my friend Joya asked me last summer if I wanted to participate in ‘The World Needs More Love Letters‘, I thought sure why not. I wasn’t in the right state of mind to be … Continue reading The World Needs More Love Letters
Muriel’s passing has not only shook my core but to those closest to her. This is particularly true for Quesney Buledi, and his family, who considered Muriel as their “guardian angel”. His public story of being an asylum-seeker and refugee in Thailand is well-known – less so is his more personal story of Muriel’s instrumental … Continue reading A refugee’s story and his “guardian angel”
Like every postpartum depression story, Muriel’s one is unique and deeply personal. It isn’t black and white or clear-cut because many factors and triggers make it different for everyone going through it. I’m glad that CBC Radio invited me to share a part of her story and our experience… While what Muriel (and I) went … Continue reading An interview with CBC Radio about Postpartum Depression
When writing my wife’s tribute, one of the hardest things to do is to figure out what to include or not include. Despite the best attempts, writing cannot capture everything, like the details of her determination, her presence and personality, quirky qualities or just the feeling of being by her side. A person and a … Continue reading Love is beyond words.
Two years ago, we met our dear friend Quesney who was still in Bangkok with his children after five years in limbo trying to be recognized as refugees. We had a meal together and reminisced about our time together in Thailand, the years we kept in touch since we left the country, and what they … Continue reading Helping a Congolese family
Everyone can master a grief but he that has it. This year has been a tragic one which I will write more when I’m ready. For now, this quote from William Shakespeare is one that resonates with me and this post is another significant milestone which will mark what my future posts will be about.