Articles tagged with: Cancer

Disclosure: A memoire for Father’s Day

published: June, 17, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Rodney Rousseau with the story of a childhood family visit that ends in revelation of serious illness.

Disclosure: A memoire for Father’s Day

“This weekend I’ll take you kids to see your dad in Fort Frances.”  It had been several months since I’d seen my father, perhaps Christmas or my 11th birthday. My mother seemingly kept us as far away from him as possible. They were separated and weren’t on the best of terms.  “Really?” followed my sister with an excitement in her voice.  “Yah I figured you guys should spend some time with him.”  I stood in the kitchen, doing my week-long dish duty and feeling apathe

Memoirs of a caregiver, part three

published: February, 20, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Pets, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

As we grow older the tables can turn. Bob Leahy is documenting his transition from being a recipient of care to one who provides it. In this episode he talks about how his care duties are widening in scope even more.

Memoirs of a caregiver, part three

Editor Bob Leahy, when he isn't caring for his partner and new puppy, has breakfast every morning here at Jeannine's Backtalk Cafe in Warkworth, Ontario (pop 700). I don’t pretend that this story is at all unique. I tell it because I suspect it may be part of a growing trend - HIVers assuming the role of caregivers where previously they thought of themselves as recipients of care. It's a bit of an adjustment.  Last time I wrote, while dealing with my partner requiring radiation therapy af

When the tables are turned

published: February, 05, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

With an ill partner and an ailing pet, Bob Leahy continues his exploration of an emerging new reality, HIVers being cast in to the role of caregivers where once they were the ones receiving care.

When the tables are turned

Last time I wrote on this topic  I expressed the thought that with many HIVers now living long and productive lives they would increasingly be required to be caregivers rather than recipients of care. My partner is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, after all. and while the prognosis is pretty good, the balance of who needs help in our relationship, physical and emotional, and who doesn’t, has shifted.  It takes a bit of getting used to. It also exposes one to how other disease gro

Webinar - Anal cancer / Sexually-transmitted opportunistic infections

published: February, 06, 2013 Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Events, Guest Authors

ACT’s February Community Health Forum focuses on two topics: Anal cancer and sexually-transmitted opportunistic infections. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - Anal cancer / Sexually-transmitted opportunistic infections

The sixth workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  This month, the forum will focus on the risk factors for anal cancer and prevention and on resilience and the challenges of sexually-transmitted opportunistic infections. Topics to be discussed will include:  Epidemiology and

He’s back!

published: April, 23, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Lifestyle, Population Specific

Danny Miller:" There have been hospital stays, mini personal crises and some personal growth that I am especially proud of. Where to start?"

Yo ho, it’s me Danny, back from the abyss yet again. The last couple of months have been a bit of a crazy roller coaster for me.  There have been  hospital stays, mini personal crises and some personal growth that I am especially proud of.  Where to start? Well, in early February I did another 6-day stint in the ever fun hospital. I went in with pancreatitis (as usual) and ended up in isolation with everyone wearing hazmat suits and masks. Now you’re asking hazmat suits, really? Well

Food Fight

published: March, 20, 2012 Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

HIVisHilarious with a not so hilarious tale of blueberry muffins, cancer, anger and true love – with true love, of course, triumphing in the end.

Coming to you live, and 5lbs lighter!!! It may even be more than that now...I haven't weighed myself in a couple of days but I keep getting compliments and my food baby seems to have miscarried.  Maybe it's all the wholesome nutrition and juicing, maybe it’s the fear the Conservative Right has instilled in the uterus of American Women everywhere....either way, I'm less puffy in the pooch. We are knee deep in chemo and it is kicking my Husband's ass and mine.  Watching him go through this

Heroes Week: June’s Hero………and my hero.

published: June, 07, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow lost his brother to cancer. Here is his tribute.

Heroes Week: June’s Hero………and my hero.

The month of June has always been an important month for me. When I was younger and in school. the end of June meant start of the summer holidays. My grandmother's birthday was in June, my mom's first name is June or "Junie" as my grandmother called her and her birthday is in June. I now have a grand-daughter who has a June birthday as well. Three years ago, the month of June gave way to another type of memory for me. On June 15th 2008 my oldest brother passed away from leukemia. He was 56 yea