It is common knowledge that growing your own food in a vegetable garden provides healthy, fresh produce that can give your diet a delicious boost. However, less commonly known are the mental health benefits that also stem from gardening. This form of ‘horticultural therapy’ inspired the Mental Health Programs at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) to build vegetable gardens for their patients to plant, care for and cook with.
Is having YAG laser eye surgery here in Thunder Bay really that important? As Larry Brownlee will tell you, yes it is.
The first time Larry needed laser eye surgery, he had no choice but to make the eight-hour drive to Winnipeg for the procedure – only to find out that he had to reschedule because of a conflict with his medications. It was a lot of travel and time off work, for him and his wife.
Since summer music festivals are now in full swing, many of us will be jamming outside in the sunshine. Although we know that sunscreen is important, let’s face it, sometimes we forget to reapply it. Prevention is the best way to avoid skin cancer, but early detection is also helpful if you know what to look for.
Biking to work isn’t just a healthier option than driving alone; it’s also a feasible alternative and great for people who live in Thunder Bay. The 2015 Commuter Challenge, an annual event that challenges all Canadians to commute to work for one week using a means of transportation other than driving alone, was a great way to demonstrate this. It helped people to breakdown their perceived barriers to actively commute and realize that biking, walking and carpooling are realistic and even enjoyable options as well.
Gemcitabine is a type of chemotherapy agent used to fight certain cancers. Oncologists know that it will work better in some patients than others, but what they can’t do is accurately predict which patients will benefit. That could change thanks to a new international clinical study that Dr. Chris Phenix and his team have joined.
Meet Tom Coulthard, one of the many volunteers of TBRHSC who make a positive and impressive impact on patient and staff experience. Not only has Tom been an exemplary Courier volunteer for 9 years, offering 830 hours of service to date, he has also been a staff Porter for 8 of those years.
The cancer journey is one that can be difficult and unpredictable, sometimes ending in loss. David Bauer, of Hornepayne, Ontario, has experienced this tragic part of the journey as his wife Bonnie passed away in October of 2012.
Bonnie Bauer was a respected teacher, dedicated mother, devout Christian and beloved wife of David. After feeling ill, and advocating to have some tests done, the Bauer family’s cancer journey began in April of 2009 with Bonnie’s diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. After battling for nearly 3.5 years, Bonnie’s journey ended in October of 2012 when she passed away in their home with the support of David, family and help from caregivers. However, after Bonnie’s passing, David’s journey continues each day as he grieves her loss while continuing to raise their family.
The seasonally popular Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) Fresh Market returned for this year’s growing season on June 24th. The TBRHSC Fresh Market is an onsite farmers’ market, hosted in the courtyard beside Flavours Cafeteria throughout the summer and early fall months, featuring several local farmers and their fresh produce and products.
Students from around the world come to the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute (TBRRI) for learning opportunities they can’t get elsewhere. But this summer, a student from TBRRI is working abroad to bring his own brand of expertise to a multi-national project.