Life after Transplant

Words Have Impact: What to say (and not say) to the parent of a transplant recipient

The words that we speak have an impact; often more so than we know. Off-handed comments spoken with the intention of being helpful are often hurtful, frustrating or maddening. It is impossible to know what someone is going through, so a comment that may be sloughed off as simple ignorance one day could have a… Continue reading Words Have Impact: What to say (and not say) to the parent of a transplant recipient

Life after Transplant

What organ donation means to us

I am encouraged by other jurisdictions who are headed towards an Opt-out system of donation. This type of system does NOT mean that your organs will be donated against your will but rather that you will have the ability to make your choice when you are of level head and sound mind rather than in the throws of grief, anger and pain. 

Laura Bakes

Laura Bakes Easter Cupcakes!

Today, Laura baked some cupcakes for Easter! Banana cupcakes:  1 1/2 cups flour 1.2 tsp baking soda 3/4 tsp baking powder 1/8th tsp salt 6 TBS European style butter - softened 1/3 C light brown sugar - packed 1/2 Cup granulated white sugar 1 Large egg yolk 1 large egg 1 1/2 tsp vanilla… Continue reading Laura Bakes Easter Cupcakes!

Life after Transplant

2 year biopsy

We celebrated Laura's two year heart anniversary this past January and were given a date for her annual biopsy/angiogram in early February. The protocol at our transplant center (Edmonton) is for the kids to have annual biopsies and angiograms each year for the first 3 years post-transplant. This is due to the increased risk of rejection in… Continue reading 2 year biopsy

Life after Transplant

Because she’s been through enough…

Vaccines seem to be a pretty hot topic these days. In 1998, Canada was declared measles-free, with no endemic cases (cases which originated in Canada) found in that year. 21 years later, we are seeing a small, but significant resurgence of this once eradicated disease in our Country. As of week 7 of this year,… Continue reading Because she’s been through enough…

Laura Bakes

Laura Bakes Cookies!

Today, Laura ventured into the world of cookies! Here, you can see her making delicious dark chocolate chunk cookies 🙂 Enjoy! Ingredients: Makes 2.5 dozen cookies (Laura did a half recipe here) 1/4 Cup Butter of Margarine (softened) (no salt)1/2 cup white sugar 1 Cup Brown Sugar 2 Eggs 1/4 tsp salt 2 Cups… Continue reading Laura Bakes Cookies!

Food from Scratch

Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie

Are biscuits healthy? No... no they're not. Are they delicious? Absolutely. Can they be made to be low sodium - for sure! Low fat? Not so much... it's all really a game of give and take! Here is my recipe for reduced sodium chicken pot pie filling made from scratch and the biscuit recipe that… Continue reading Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie

Life after Transplant


What is normal? When you become a new parent, "normal" suddenly becomes an incredibly important concept. My baby is 7 months old and still not sitting that normal? Better look it up on the "typical development" cheat sheet... hmmm okay, yep it's normal. Phew. Normal is so important to parents - everyone wants their kid to… Continue reading Normal


Styling very short toddler hair

I have scoured the internet for styles for short toddler girl hair and the internet seems to be confused at what I mean by short ... all the photos that pop up are of baby girls with messy buns!
I have finally figured out a system so I thought I'd share it!

Laura Bakes

Currant Scones

Today for Laura's cooking lesson, she learned how to bake scones! At only 50-75mg of sodium per scone, these are definitely  low sodium friendly! Although they aren't the most healthy treat, we did our best by using no fat Plain Greek Yoghurt which packs TONS of protein into these scones with no fat other than… Continue reading Currant Scones