Paramedic Nat

A Blog About My Mental Health Journey

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Brain Storm – Grieving The Loss of My Career

On this episode:

-How I discovered that I identify as my career,
-How I am grieving the loss of my career through the five stages of grief (denial, bargaining, anger, depression and acceptance)
-Where do I see myself in the future?
…and more

The Mask

The Mask – What is real? What isn’t? Comfortable? Or uncomfortable? 

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2nd Annual Evening For Mental Health


Coming January 2018 – Paramedic Nat’s 2nd Annual Evening for Mental Health.
The night will raise money for #IveGotYourBack911 and the RVH Foundation for youth mental health. Speakers to be announced soon!
Please contact me at if you’d like to be a sponsor. Thank you!

Here are the sponsorship levels:
Platinum Sponsor- $1000 and over
Gold Sponsor-$500 – $999
Silver Sponsor-$250-$499
Bronze Sponsor-$1-$249
I am also accepting prize donations for the silent auction – more info to come about this.
I am also looking to start a bit of a committee to help with the planning and event day. If you are interested in helping with any of the following please let me know:
-Food Catering
-Silent Auction
-Speaker Organization
Thank you again! ~Nat

Busy and Bored


Busy and bored – I’m both. It’s possible. Weird right? Even though I am not on the road as a medic anymore (sigh) I am a busy bee. Family, fur babies, podcasts, new book, new speaking engagements, and lots of emails to reply to, keep my busy every day – and I’m grateful that I am able to do all of these things – but I’m bored. I’m on a new medication and I think it is giving me a lot of extra energy (Abilify for those who are wondering). I wake up super early and can’t get back to sleep which is weird for me as the old super depressed Nat only slept!

So with that being said I want to share a few amazing words of inspiration some friends have given me over the last day or too to help easy my mind with it’s new found energy and boredom.

From Christine Newman: “Here’s what I can tell you for sure Sis… things will seesaw for a while until you eventually find your happy medium. Some days you will be in the groove and rocking your socks off. Other days, the needle skips on the record and everything sounds like shit. And at least Lollers didn’t barf IN your shoes”. Brilliant! She also told me that because I have been through so much this year, that it will take some time to find a happy medium.

From Caroline Richards: “Well, I guess this is just where I’m at, I really need to just accept this”. Beautiful and true! When Caroline said this to me, I felt like she was speaking to my soul. I have to accept where I am – it really makes things a lot easier.

From @365daysofbipol2: “When you feel like you are moving forward and seem like you’re going nowhere you are on a plateau. Learn to enjoy the view”. Simple and profound all in one.

From Dr. Debra Lindh: ” Some days are harder than others. Remember: We grow when we’re stretched not when we are comfortable”. Isn’t that the truth – thank you for reminding me. 

I hope that if you are feeling the way I am that these messages help you as much as they have helped me. XO Time for some Pearl Jam and Linkin Park. 

Owl Media 

He’s a bit angry and a lot of sad. But he is very very tough! 

Good Thing, Bad Thing 

Good thing- I live in Canada and we have universal healthcare.
Bad thing- my daughter got sick and needed to go to the hospital. 

Good thing- She had my car so she made it there in good time as she most likely required surgery.

Bad thing- When I tried to start her car the battery was dead.

Good thing- When I went back inside, Lollers only vomited near my shoes in the hall, not on them.

Bad thing- The cab driver had so much cologne on I wanted to vomit myself. 

Good thing- Walter took a crap on the front hall mat and I stepped in it just as I was about to meet the cab – oh wait, that is clearly a bad thing.

Bad thing- The care we were given at the hospital was rude and far from compassionate.

Good thing- This prompted me to take action. 

Bad thing- My daughter had to have surgery.

Good thing- She is ok and recovering.

Bad thing- I needed to take my concerns to the CEO and the Head of Nursing of the hospital – oh wait, that isn’t so bad.

Good thing- The meeting was very productive and I am hoping to volunteer on the Patient and Family Advocate Committee soon.

Pencil & Pastel 

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