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*Column originally appeared in our April 17-23, 2022 issue
The subject is COVID. There had been a promise to myself to not write about it anymore because people had heard enough from me on most aspects of it. A visit to a local restaurant showed me “everything ain’t been said.”

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Artist Reilly Fitzgerald defies the odds stacked against him to create spectacular & significant works of art
His early artistic endeavours were with watercolour and oil paints and were strongly based in what would be called a realistic style, artist Reilly Fitzgerald of Clarenville began.
“In the late 1990s and

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The Lymphedema Association of Newfoundland and Labrador aims to spread awareness of the rigors of lymphedema across the province, while encouraging education, empowerment and proper care
Over 15,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are afflicted with lymphedema, with over one million in Canada and 120 million globally.
Incurable and woefully undertreated and

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Two curious souls help seaweed find its higher calling in Grates Cove, NL
The sea holds many secrets. That comes as no surprise to anyone who has spent any time in Newfoundland or Labrador where fisherman and beachcombers alike have uncovered everything from decaying giant squid to the time a

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Gill Whelan provides the motivation and the means to keep moving forward towards better health
Gill Whelan is a firecracker. All genuine smiles and from-the-inside-out enthusiasm, she’s a thrill to chat with. Little wonder then that Whelan’s company, Whelan Wellness, has quite literally exploded since the pandemic, with folks of

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In the province of Newfoundland & Labrador, heart health should be top of mind. Two of this province’s finest cardiac care surgeons, and one young woman impacted, get to the heart of the matter
Dr. Sean Connors, Clinical Chief of Cardiac Surgery for Eastern Health, and Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk,

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February is Heart Month and the Health Care Foundation needs our help. To ensure the safety and well-being of event participants, volunteers, supporters and staff, the Row 4 Heart fundraiser has been cancelled. 
Need for Donations
That doesn’t mean the need for donations have lessened. Access to the best cardiac

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Jamie Chafe-Badcock of St. John’s shares some positivity while awaiting his second double lung transplant in Toronto during a global pandemic

 
The last year and however many months has been incredibly unpredictable. For some, it’s been a time of reflection and opportunity. For most, it has been

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Veteran Kevin Dunne had his life changed (for the better) after being introduced to cannabis. He shares the benefits as a counselor at CannaConnect
 
It’s becoming easier and easier to get marijuana, legally. Advocates have shared that they strongly believe this has allowed many people with intractable medical issues

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To Nurses with love

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If there’s a nurse in your family, reach out and give them an unsolicited thank you for being their best when you, or someone you love, is at their worst! No doubt you’ve called on their care and comfort more times than you can count. A nurse is never off duty for family. So remember, the next time they offer you a piece of celery, chow down, and know they are doing so with only your best interests, and your intestines, in mind!

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