Episode 03: “Be prepared to fight for yourself” — Barbara’s Journey
Barbara Martin shares her journey as a patient navigating multiple health challenges, ranging from a heart condition to living with a brain injury.
Barbara underscores the utility of understanding the grief cycle when dealing with any health-related event or diagnosis, reminding listeners that grief is a natural response to a loss and that it is non-linear – while you may accept it one day, another day may bring anger or denial.
She highlights the incredible support offered by peer-to-peer networks that create a space to share experiences, connections, and access to helpful resources when living with or supporting someone with a health condition. To connect with others who have similar lived experiences, join the CANet Community of Patients & Caregivers at www.facebook.com/canetinc.
Click here to learn more about the University of Ottawa Heart Institutes’ Women@Heart Peer Support Group Program, a peer support program led by women with heart disease for women with heart disease.
For more information on cardiovascular risk factors, visit: canetinc.ca/cardiovascular-health/