I am a writer and researcher based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have an honours B.A. in Political Studies, and a Masters degree in Public Administration. Most recently I worked as a researcher focused primarily on issues related to health care and health human resources, most specifically nursing.
In 2001 I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I was treated and was in remission for seven and half years until I relapsed in January, 2009. I was treated again, and had an allogeneic stem cell transplant in May, 2009. My experience with cancer plays a significant role in how I see the world and what I write about, not least because my last illness left me with a permanent visual impairment.
I have been blogging at Without Leukemia, on various platforms, since 2006. I started the blog thinking I would explore the experience of surviving and moving on after leukemia, but it has become much more than that. Now it serves as my general-purpose platform for exploring ideas, sorting out my head, and looking for answers.