Health

Kidney transplant turns a life around

“Let’s make a toast to how far medical science has come,” my mother said, raising her wine glass last Thursday for American Thanksgiving. I looked around the table and there was my brother. The week...

My brother needs a kidney, what do I owe him?

I come from a long line of people with fatal kidney disease. The year my father died of the disease, I dreamed of him only once. Dreaming of a dead person is a powerful sensation. Even in the dream,...

Spare Set of Lungs, Anyone?

I am receiving a kidney from living donor, Shivon Robinsong, on November 14. This surgery will hopefully solve what is a lifelong genetic condition that has meant slow kidney function deterioration...

Vancouver Summer: Ten Tips for Making the Most of It

With summer (hopefully) upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how we can make the most of the short season. While most Vancouverites cram their schedules with the usual activities, like hiking...

Hello Fitness My Old Friend

“I have a New Year’s resolution,” a colleague said to me today, “I will buy bigger pants this year!” We both laughed as she described her need for a new wardrobe based on an expanding backside....