“As a child, I remember waking up because something was going on on my household. I didn’t know what was happening at the time, but I saw my mother clutching her chest and having trouble breathing. She was subsequently diagnosed with heart disease. She used to be a patient of the Heart Institute. So, maybe when I was in nursing school and ended up picking cardiology, it wasn’t a coincidence. I started here as a nursing student in 1989. I’ve had a few other carrier opportunities, but I always come home to the Heart Institute. I think focusing on one aspect of health help raise the bar. So, my job really is around working with what called allied care professionals – physios, nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologist, speech-language, pathologist, and counsellors and to develop programs to support them as they support our patients. We want the Heart Institute to be a one-stop shop – from diagnosis, to treatment, and to recovery. There is no shame in getting support for behavioural changes, especially when it comes to the self-management aspect of chronic disease – because it’s with you for life. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have an active lifestyle. Despite having a chronic condition, you can have a very satisfying life. We see some very sick people at times, and you’re always inspired by them and their commitment to – you know, get the best out of life. There are lots of life lessons when you work in healthcare that you glean from your patients.”
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