Addiction and Cancer: Treating Diseases Differently

  Brad has seen how people treat diseases differently. When he was going through addiction, people crossed the street to get away from him. Meanwhile, when he was going through his cancer treatments, people wanted to get closer to him. Whether Brad was battling addictions or cancer, he was still the same person suffering. His experience speaks volumes to the stigma that still exists around drug and alcohol addictions. Education and understanding will reveal that we all deserve love and respect.        Brad’s story Becoming the Father I Knew I Could Be   is featured in MENtal Health:…

The Risks and Rewards of Being Vulnerable

It took me a long time to be comfortable talking publicly about my issues of addictions, mental illness, and sexual abuse. I used to underestimate the power of a story, and its unique ability to connect with others. Last week I received the e-mail below, and it served as a great reminder that few things are as sacred or as powerful as someone’s story. With her permission, I would like to share it with you.   This is Sarah, a participant at your workshop. Your message changed the way I view my current struggles with depression and anxiety. You showed me that…

The Next Generation of Men Are Watching

I met many men this week who have carried their pain for too long. Our body spends great amounts of energy trying to keep emotional pain suppressed within. I strongly believe that darkness begs to see the light of day, and that healing begins when we put a voice to our pain. When we neglect painful emotions, they have a tendency to escape in unhealthy and inappropriate ways. For example, I spent years being so angry and yet I had no idea why I was even angry. Anger is a secondary emotion, and in order for me to heal I…

World Suicide Prevention Day

Men make up 75% of all suicides in Canada. However, men are less likely to seek help for their mental health. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. This picture was captured on my wedding day. I never had a brother, but Justin was the closest thing to it.  Little did I know that just over one year later he would die by suicide. Justin and I shared a similar journey. We both struggled with mental illness and addictions, and yet for reasons I will never truly know, he is no longer here and I remain.  This sudden loss left…

The 6 Words that Saved My Life

Shame is toxic, and it damn near killed me. After being silent for so many years, it is time to put a voice to my own pain and healing from sexual abuse. I spoke about this in a recent blog “The 2 Most Powerful Words: Me Too” However, rather than write more about this, I am posting this video. No matter what you are going through in life, please just know that you are not alone.  

Lane's Story: A Spiritual Connection

My story is unbelievable to most. In fact, I would have a hard time believing it if it had not happened to me. It was another typical school morning, and my partner, Shawna, was pulling out of our driveway with our four kids in the car. As I watched from the front window, I had a strong feeling in my gut to keep our two youngest children at home with me. I didn’t know why, but I found myself running out the door, chasing after the car. The answer to my intuition that morning came less than fifteen minutes later.…