Category Archives: Health

Rehab Diva

I am pleased to post today’s story from Joan Rose, my son’s grade three teacher, a dynamic, motivating, and decidedly un-diva like woman.  When I invited her to contribute a story to the blog, I didn’t actually know much about her personally.  But I knew that she was one of the most infectiously positive people I have met in a while.  And I knew that with her as his teacher, my son was having the kind of school year every parent dreams of – where he forgets past frustrations and comes to believe in his own brilliance. I felt sure she would have a great story to tell.  And I was right.  Here it is.


The foot, encased in my ski boot, flopped over sideways at a 90 degree angle from my leg.  Boot buckles flat on the snow, the rest of the leg facing forward.  It was this incongruity that captured my attention, not the pain.  That was yet to come.

My Journey through Celiac Disease

Today’s story comes from Lisa, a friend of mine in Montreal, who is a successful entrepreneur, mother of two beautiful boys, wife to our lovely friend Peter, and a happily gluten-free celiac.  Over the years that I have known her, I’ve witnessed pieces of her struggle to come to grips with what exactly was going wrong in her digestive system.  Here, in her own words, is her journey toward better health and an understanding of how to care for herself.


I was around 25 years old, just landing in South Korea to teach English for a few months, before my last semester of university.  I noticed, not for the first time, that my stomach was bothering me.  I didn’t give it much thought, since this always seemed to happen when I flew.  I assumed it was a normal part of a long flight with lousy food, lack of oxygen and hours of sitting in one place.  I also assumed that most people must bloat up and have pain the way I did.  The fact that it would take me days to get back to normal also never seemed odd to me, but just part of the stresses of travel.  I carried on.