The suicide of our son, Shayne, is an unbearable tragedy and life altering experience. The shock and despair have been extremely detrimental and excruciating. One wonders how to carry on, let alone survive.
Participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and fundraising for Ontario Shores was a way to channel and focus the pain. It somewhat helped the anguish and ongoing grief by us doing something positive, by giving back, by empowering and inspiring others to not only challenge themselves, but to make a difference. The opportunity to not only raise awareness for mental health, but also raise much needed funds for Ontario Shores provided an outlet.
There are many words which can be used to itemize the characteristics of a nurse. Knowledgeable; advocate, resourceful, dedicated, holistic, and professional are a few which come readily to mind. It is those characteristics, and many others that nurses contribute to patients, clients, families, residents and communities as they provide care through every stage of life and health. Since 1985 the week in May that includes Florence Nightingale's birthday (May 12th) has been set aside in Canada to celebrate the nursing profession and the contributions of all nurses. The theme of this year's National Nursing Week, which began Monday, May 11 is 'Nurses: With You Every Step of the Way.' This theme fittingly recognizes nurses for being active, caring and knowledgeable caregivers along their health care journeys.
Rima tells the story of her son, Shadi
“There’s nothing to fear.” These are the words I often hear myself saying as I try to share what my experience at Ontario Shores has been like.
Simply put, it changed my life and it changed my son’s life.
Shadi, my son has had a very difficult time, especially during his late teenage years. Between 19 and 21 he was really in a difficult place. He seemed devastated and was losing hope quickly. His story began when he had a severe intracranial hemorrhage caused by an aneurism at age 11. He went into a deep coma and was declared brain dead. Watching him living like that for a year was one of the most difficult things that I had to do.