Angels among us

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As everyone knows, life can be pretty difficult at times.  At one point, or another, we will be faced with challenges that can push us to our limits and sometimes things seem pretty impossible to handle.  Sometimes we all need a little helping hand…someone to show the way when we feel lost, to pick us up when we don’t have the strength to stand on our own.

Do you believe in Angels?  I do.  I’ve experiences them many times.  Here are two true examples.

In August of 2007 I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that … Continue reading

Drops in the cosmic ocean

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Almost every evening, I like to sit out on our balcony and stare into the sky.  I’ll try to stare as far into space as I can.  Looking past the stars and focusing on the blackness.  It always fills me with a sense of awe, knowing I am seeing for millions, or even billions, of miles and through millions of years in time.

When I do this, I get this sense of smallness.  I am a simple creature on a chair somewhere on a tiny planet lost in the enormity of the cosmos.  All the pettiness that surrounds us all, … Continue reading

Lessons learned from an orange tree

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The Universe has a strange way of teaching us Life lessons and speaks to us in the most unexpected ways. The key is to stop and listen to what is being said.

A few years ago, summer of 2007 to be exact, I was diagnosed with cancer. That Christmas, after several months of chemotherapy, I was feeling physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. I was tired of the needles, the drugs and feeling sick. I was tired of being tired. I was growing tired of fighting.

One day, my wife came home with a bag of oranges. Not entirely that uncommon … Continue reading

Vision Quest 2012 – Blending Science And People

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On November 3rd, I had the opportunity to attend Foundation Fighting  Blindness Canada’s (http://ffb NULL.ca) Vision Quest 2012 conference in Toronto. It was a wonderful experience and a great time was had by all, I’m sure.

This year the format was slightly different from last year. After the usual opening presentation and overview of FFB activities, the day was divided into 3 sessions of 4 different talks, with a mix of keynotes throughout the day. The result was the sharing of a ton of information across a broad range of topics related to retinal degenerative diseases, research, treatments and daily living … Continue reading

We’re exactly the same, only different

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“Variety is the spice of Life.”. Ever hear that? I’m sure you have. It is a rather ubiquitous saying which means it is the differences that make life interesting and flavorful. That the world would be a boring, mundane and bland place if everyone was the same.

Could you imagine a world where everybody dressed like you? Talked like you? Thought and acted like you? A world where everybody enjoyed the same activities and could perform them the same way, with the same skill and prowess as everyone else? How absolutely horrendous that world would be!

It would be a … Continue reading

Vision Quest 2012: Bringing Canada’s top vision researchers to you.

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Looking for more information on retinal disease (http://www NULL.ffb NULL.ca/eye_conditions NULL.html) and the latest in vision research (http://www NULL.ffb NULL.ca/research/research_news NULL.html) and technology? Then the Foundation Fighting BlindnessVision Quest 2012 patient conferences (http://www NULL.ffb NULL.ca/visionquest NULL.html) are for you. Ideal for patients, family and friends, Vision Quest is a unique patient conference that offers the opportunity to learn about new and exciting research, ask questions of Canada’s top vision scientists, and meet others. Going blind is a scary and unnerving experience, but it need … Continue reading