Articles tagged with: Guelph

Iris's story: "I thought the doctor must be mistaken"

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Finding out late in life you are HIV-positive can be a shock. Here is how Guelph, Ontario’s iris Budd handled it with the help of her local AIDS Service Organization

Iris's story:

Back in 2005 I ended up in the hospital, deathly ill. The doctor first thought that I had a brain tumor (cancer). I had been in a coma for 2 weeks and when I came out of it, I couldn’t use my left side, as it was paralyzed. The doctor diagnosed me and summoned my children to the hospital, because he said, your mother probably won’t live. They said they had to perform a brain biopsy, so they shaved a triangle out of my hair and drilled a hole in my scalp to take a small part of my brain.

Doing the math

published: October, 27, 2015 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guelph, Ontario's Wayne Bristow says, “with the years adding up and subtracting the negatives from my life, I’m liking how my life is becoming balanced”. His secret? Keep doing the math and an eye on his health.

Doing the math

I quit school and left home during the first week of March 1970. It couldn’t have come soon enough. I had just turned sixteen. I was in grade ten, failing in all subjects and math was the worst. I don’t recall much being said to me about my grades, but being tossed out of school for smoking in the wrong place had become the ultimate crime. It meant that I would face a beating from my stepfather when his ship came in. (He worked in the Great Lakes shipping business). After receiving my ver

Time for a change

published: January, 03, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Changing gears. Wayne Bristow says “New year, new doctor, new treatment…..why not switch?”

Time for a change

I just thought “take charge and be involved in my own treatment”. Last summer my doctor of 10 years announced he would no longer be coming to Guelph to see patients. If I wished to continue seeing him I would have to travel to Cambridge to his office there. As I don’t drive anymore, it would take the better part of a day and approximately $30 to make the trip by bus and transit so I agreed to see one of the other doctors at the centre (one doctor is totally new to the office, to us all

Inspired: A Random Act of Kindness story

published: November, 05, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Events, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how small acts of kindness, even for complete strangers, can make a difference

Inspired: A Random Act of Kindness story

Have you ever walked into your favorite coffee shop, ordered a large double-double? They bring it to you, You go to pay for it and they tell you the person who was in front of you in line paid for it. No? Me neither  - but would you do it for someone else? Yesterday while taking the transit across town I notice some cards laying lying on some of the benches. I picked one up and saw that they were “Random Acts of Kindness Week” advertisements. Our Downtown Business Association has promote

The racist things I hear people say around Christmas

published: December, 11, 2012 Categories // Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter: “It’s that time of the year again – a time for peace, joy, charity and good will, right? At the same time, it seems as though Christmas brings a lot of ethnocentric and xenophobic attitudes up to the surface. “

The racist things I hear people say around Christmas

Every year around this time, we hear the same debates about whether or not the celebration of Christmas should take place in public spaces. In Guelph, this debate emerged when Stone Road Mall decided to remove the Nativity scene from the mall. Due to public uproar, the mall decided to put the Nativity scene back, and then invited patrons to celebrate with a reception. I will get back to that particular decision in a minute, but let me say that, while I have my own opinions on the matter, thes

Photographic developing

published: December, 11, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on how his hobby of photography has been turning in to something more.

Photographic developing

Last June I wrote about some photographic opportunities that were about to come my way and how I was looking forward to them. The truth is that since then photography has been taking up a lot of my time.  I participated in the art show I mentioned but no sales or inquiries came from it. I did get a paying assignment though. A company hired me to submit photos for their new website, some that would rotate at the top of the webpage. From that job I found out about a workshop called "'Good Stor

Negativity is a subtraction

published: September, 20, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: “I use to be very negative towards "positive thinking", I've changed and it’s paying off, big time!”

Negativity is a subtraction

It’s starting to amaze me that with all the positive thinking I have embraced it is now taking me in so many positive directions. Just a few years ago I was stuck in a dead-end factory job, 27 years at one job, and then in 2007 it closed. As my final hours in there were ticking away I had a plan, I had to have. I guess that’s when I started to think positive, I always knew there were things I wanted to do but I became comfortable where I was, I loved that weekly pay cheque.  As I put my

Wayne’s Photo Post

published: March, 26, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Photography is still my main activity to get me out for exercise and it’s allowed me to make some social connections with other local photographers in my area. Here is a sample of what I have been able to shoot during this weird winter.

Wayne’s Photo Post

It's been one strange winter here in the Great White North. The city I live in, I'd have to say we've only had about 20 - 25 inches of snow all winter, at least that's what it seems like to me. Normally we could get that much in a couple of days. I think its safe to say we've had more rainfall than snow. Having a lot of rain and it being so cold, it hasn't been ideal weather to get out and do much photography. You might remember me writing about falling and hurting my shoulder, I slipped on

Ooops, I forgot.

published: January, 25, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says “Everytime I see my doctor he asks, "have you missed a day of taking your meds?" I respond with my "no.........but I have forgotten to take them on time.........a few times!" Then he gives me that look.”

Ooops, I forgot.

It’s noon, I just finished having my breakfast!. Usually I have a banana and a bowl of cold cereal, I use the left over milk in the bowl to take some supplements. As I reach for the supplements and what do I see, my HIV medications and I realize I haven't taken them yet. This is nothing new for me, it happens often, maybe too often. A typical morning starts this way: I wake up, head upstairs to start the morning coffee. I go to the fridge for the coffee and, if I remember, I get one of my m

A break from writing, but not from posting

published: January, 19, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Hobbies, Arts and Entertainment, Photography, Lifestyle, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow’s writing arm has been out of action, so instead here’s a retrospective of some of his recent photo work.

A break from writing, but not from posting

Have you ever heard the phrase, "one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing"? No, this isn't going to be another masturbation blog. It isn't based on the real meaning of the phrase either, instead, my one hand had to learn how to do what the other hand normally did. A week ago I had gone out with a friend for breakfast. As I got in the car he asked where my camera was. I am rarely seen without my backpack and cameras but lately, it’s been so wet or cold, for some reason this year I

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