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The Value of Experience

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Chantal Forristal (Meds 2014)

The spring of 2011 was a very difficult time for my family and I, as both of my remaining grandparents passed away. Although their actual passing was very difficult, the years of illness prior to their deaths were equally painful. From the time my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s my mother struggled to provide her parents with quality care. This task was made more difficult since my parents were living in Calgary trying to care for my grandparents in Montreal. Going through this with my family I was able to experience the effects of illness on family members and to witness the impact of failing health on both caregivers and patients. I believe that having watched my grandparents struggle with Alzheimer’s, strokes, cancer, pneumonia, and finally palliative care will make me a more understanding, empathetic doctor as I help both patients and families through similar ordeals. Continue Reading

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Getting to know Alzheimer’s patients

Posted on 23 May 2012 by Sofia Nastis (Meds 2015)

Never underestimate the value of companionship and support, because it helps those whom you least expect. For three of my four years that I spent at Western in undergrad, I had the pleasure of becoming involved with the Alzheimer’s Society of London. My interest in the club was mainly due to the fact that I was extremely curious about neurodegenerative disorders, and I thought being able to interact with these types of patients in a volunteer setting would be a good stepping-stone in finding out if this is an area of medicine that I enjoyed. In the beginning, my main goal was to immerse myself in an area of the health care field that I was not very familiar with. In the end, the experiences that I had and the interactions that I was exposed to made it a much more enlightening learning experience. Continue Reading

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