Personal Health Stories

Promoting Choice for Breast Cancer Surgery

Melanie Adrian is a dynamic young PhD. and an assistant professor in Carlton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies in Ottawa. In April, 2011, she received a diagnosis she was not expecting. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Professors

Friendships change when one of you gets sick… Duncan Sinclair calls it “one of the most compelling of the many stories I know.” “It is the story of an illness written by a very good friend who died just recently, … Continue reading

From Eight Words a Minute…to MyVoice

Aakash Sahney and his now-business partner Alex Levy were students at the University of Toronto’s TAG Lab when fate came knocking. The knock seemed mild at first; what resulted has been life-changing, not just for themselves, but for many others in … Continue reading

The Largest Invisible & Disadvantaged Minority in Canada

“People-centred e-health is my focus. I’ve been interacting with patients and family member over the Internet for more than twenty years. “My transformation started soon after I began medical school in the early 1980s…there was this new drug on the … Continue reading

Pondering the Illness of a Friend

The profound illness of his friend and fellow professor Susan Dick has moved Duncan Sinclair to ponder the physician world of his work colleagues, versus the team healthcare model championed by CAPCH. Another aspect of People-Centred care would have caught sight … Continue reading

On the Need for EHRs and Performance Metrics

Kevin Leonard is a research scientists at UHN‘s Centre for e-Health Innovation and belongs to U of T’s Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. His primary areas of research: development of a national patient advocacy program, along with issues … Continue reading

Bottoms Up to the Three-Legged Stool

“My brother had a problem with one of his thumbs. A filing cabinet fell on him when he was trying to move it. He actually had surgery done on it a couple years ago and the surgeon really botched it up. … Continue reading

Surviving the Stroke That Kills

“By 2000 I’d had a very successful career in Venture Capital/Private Equity. I tried other things, too: I served Insurance Boards, and the University of Haifa in Israel. Then I joined the board of Toronto Western Hospital. Every Wednesday at … Continue reading

Defining the People-Centred Lexicon

As an experienced writer and public speaker on people-centred healthcare issues, CAPCH president and co-founder Vaughan Glover is tireless in his pursuit of health system reform. For over 30 years, together with a “very special” team, Vaughan has run a … Continue reading

Sharing the Wisdom of Young Adults with Cancer

Geoff Eaton is Executive Director of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC), a registered charity whose mission is to build a community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills, and opportunity.  His path to the job was of … Continue reading