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Sandra Charron

Mom Postpartum RN Blogger Bipolar II

I'm a postpartum nurse, recently diagnosed with mental illness. I will share my stories whether you want to read them or not. Stopping the stigma of mental illness now.
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What Baby Books Don't Tell You About Breastfeeding

Even though mothers are anxious to see their child latching well and feeding on the breast, to know that their particular experience is occurring in most every room on the ward, does help somewhat to dispel the belief that they have done something wrong, that there is something wrong with them, and/or that their baby will never breastfeed.
04/10/2014 12:50 EDT
10 Things to Expect When You're Mentally

10 Things to Expect When You're Mentally Ill

These past six months have been an onslaught of revelations, some good and some bad, as I've been navigating my way through my diagnoses. Along with the side effects of the cocktail of medications that have been hit and miss in helping to alleviate the symptoms of my mental illnesses, adjusting to my life has been a juggling act of emotions.
04/01/2014 05:19 EDT
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The Eating Disorder Nobody Takes Seriously

Although my mental illness was recently diagnosed, I've known since I was a teenager that I had an eating disorder. In the case of the eating disorder known as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), lack of physically obvious symptoms makes it not only easier for this disorder to persist for years, but it also makes health care providers less willing and/or able to diagnose it.
03/31/2014 08:54 EDT
How I Slowly Lost the Line Between Reality and

How I Slowly Lost the Line Between Reality and Insanity

At the age of four, I would wake in the middle of the night; my legs trembling; the bile in my stomach churning up into my throat; my arms paralyzed by my side; a small scream escaping my young lips as I begged God to take me to heaven; as I prayed that the all-consuming fear would go away so that I could catch my breath. How does one explain this to anyone when it has been entrenched within since before time began? Doctors told my mother that I was simply "high strung" and that I would "grow out of it." I didn't. Somehow, while I work to accept the reality of my diagnoses, I must also convey to those who are part of my life, that although my illness has appeared to them as a series of unfortunate events, it has dropped me to my knees and sent me careening into a fiery hell of anguish only understood by those who have seen the divide between reality and insanity.
03/27/2014 12:20 EDT
Dear Dad, Your Kindness Killed

Dear Dad, Your Kindness Killed Me

Dear Dad, From the time I was a little girl, you were my saviour. You loved me fiercely. This is how I have remembered you. As my daddy. As the man I could always count on. Someone who would never let...
03/17/2014 11:17 EDT
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My Name is Sandra and I Suffer From Mental Illness

Although "Mental Illness Awareness Week" is a lovely concept, it only serves to validate those of us who already understand the stigma. It does not enlighten those who already have a pre-existing perception of mental illness as being a defect. In order to enhance their efficacy, those of us with mental illness need to be proactive in our cause, and not be stunted by the stigma.
03/03/2014 12:16 EST
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How Social Media Unites Us Through Boston Tragedy

United through the veil of one moment in time, social media displays the true essence of humanity. Victims. Heroes. Defenders. Defenceless. All represented in the eyes of the world wide web in a myriad of captions, comments, pictures, and paintings.
04/18/2013 08:27 EDT
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Let's Be Honest: Ageing Sucks

I went from three years of competitive body building in a bikini division, where what I looked like controlled my every movement. Now I'm in a career that has me working 12-hour shifts, running off my feet to tend to the needs of my patients. I know women who tell me they don't care what they look like. They are fine with who they are and they embrace their age -- I'm not there yet.
03/13/2013 08:13 EDT
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"Big Brother Canada" Needs to Learn Some Manners

As a reality TV enthusiast, I await new seasons of Survivor, Amazing Race, American Idol, etcetera. So when I heard that Big Brother was coming to Canada I resigned myself to the fact that I would be the show's biggest fan. What I didn't expect, however, was the ensuing vulgarity.
03/07/2013 05:43 EST
My Kid's a Sore Loser, and I Blame Alamy

My Kid's a Sore Loser, and I Blame Myself

I take full accountability for the fact that my kids are hardly ever...nay...are NEVER able to take accountability for their failures. When my son came out of the dressing room, his first words were, "We lost because the refs weren't calling any penalties on the other team." My husband stopped in his tracks, turned to face our little forlorn, sore loser, and said, "No. You lost because you guys stopped skating in the second period."
03/04/2013 12:22 EST
Why Women Judge Other Women More Than Alamy

Why Women Judge Other Women More Than Men

My stay-at-home friends and I are always ready to slay the reputation of our fellow women in the quintessential ploy to be the superior mothers. Why is it that in a male-dominated world, women are so quick to cut each other down, rather than speak up in defense of one another?
02/26/2013 12:23 EST
Were Parents Better Then or Alamy

Were Parents Better Then or Now?

I grew up in the era of Tough Love. There was no pretending in my home. My mother called it as she saw it, and what she saw wasn't always pretty. I've spent years meticulously choosing politically correct ways of disciplining my children. Now I know exactly where I went wrong.
02/21/2013 05:30 EST
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Why Are We Afraid to Teach Kids to Say Vagina?

Watching The View this morning the controversy whirred around reproductive parts, and what we, as parents, should be teaching our children to call them. The consensus: It just doesn't seem right to hear a little girl referring to her breasts. Boobies is much cuter. Because we're concerned about the cuteness of these body parts on a seven-year-old?
02/18/2013 01:18 EST
I Was Going to be a Perfect Parent...Until I Had Alamy

I Was Going to be a Perfect Parent...Until I Had Kids

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a list of all the "dos and don'ts" required for effectively achieving the status of perfect parent. As I swapped my hopes for a career in nursing, and instead chose countless hours of time bonding with my children, in those early days of motherhood when I was stumbling over the educational toys strewn about my home, nobody could have convinced me then that I would become what I am today.
02/12/2013 12:26 EST
Technology Has Turned Kids into Fame

Technology Has Turned Kids into Fame Monsters

This generation craves popularity. Opportunities for reality TV shows, YouTube viral videos and gamer status is creating a generation of children who not only live their lives in the public eye, but experience feelings of failure when that Instagram picture doesn't get as many hits as the one posted prior to it.
02/11/2013 05:37 EST
Being Bullied Makes You Alamy

Being Bullied Makes You Tougher

Anti-bullying campaigns have been part of school curricula for at least 10 years, but I question whether the time spent teaching children to "tell a grown up" is even helpful, when in fact, the concerns stem from deeper sources than simply some kid with anger issues.
02/02/2013 10:57 EST
Why Is My 10-Year-Old Already Wary of Canada's Indigenous CP

Why Is My 10-Year-Old Already Wary of Canada's Indigenous People?

My racism at the age of 10, although not acceptable, was somewhat understandable. But my daughter's? Why aren't today's youth more knowledgeable than I was? The expectation would be that after a thorough history lesson, our children should be horrified by the treatment of the aboriginal community, not rationalizing it.
01/09/2013 12:24 EST
Fit Shaming: Not a Marathoner? That's Alamy

Fit Shaming: Not a Marathoner? That's OK!

The fitness revolution nicknamed "Fitspo," would have people believing that perfectly sculpted bodies are the new thin. It would have you thinking that if you aren't training for a marathon or a body building competition then you're doomed to a life of heart disease and metabolic issues. I'm here to tell you that all of that is false. It's nonsense.
10/27/2012 07:47 EDT