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Inspirational patient stories

Looking back on the powerful stories we've shared over the years...

Barrington-White family: A story of love, strength and hope

Mark and Crystal had a fantastic life together – they have a beautiful daughter, thriving careers, and were living their lives to the fullest. In a moment, everything changed. 

 

 

 

Richer family: Finding comfort, friends, and a home at Bruyère

Donald was a healthy, active, hard-working man for most of his life. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 and is now living at Bruyère’s Saint-Vincent campus. 

 

 

 

Meet Ron and Katherine Suter

Katherine has been a patient with Bruyère's Memory Program for over a decade trusting our experts as she has moves through the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. ​

 

 

Meet Janet and Alan Wainright

Janet has been a patient at Bruyère's Saint-Vincent Hospital for four years where she has been receiving care to address her complex medical needs. 

 



Meet the Commerford-Everett family

Ken's father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at a fairly young age - a diagnosis that changed his family forever. Find out how Bruyère and the research Institute were there to support them every step of the way. 

 

Meet Caroline: Stroke survivor

Caroline was only 27 years old when she experienced a stroke in 2017, but didn’t recognize at first that her headaches and sudden balance problems were a serious emergency. It was only after she found herself falling over to the left that she went to hospital and learned that she had had an ischemic stroke.

 

Sandra Rolfe: Learning to walk, talk, and fly again

After suffering a stroke at the age of 50, Sandra fell silent for fifty-two days. She had lost the ability to speak and walk. One hospital said she never do either again. Today, thanks to Bruyere – Sandra is not only walking and talking – she’s flying…

 

 

A veteran, husband, dad, caregiver, widow, volunteer - and then a patient

Jim Wellman’s wife Jackie passed away in Bruyère Continuing Care’s palliative care unit. The care Jim witnessed inspired him to become a volunteer. Years later it was Jim who needed the care offered at Bruyère. Jim returned as a geriatric rehabilitation patient. Bruyère staff are like family to Jim and he knows Bruyère will be there for him. 


Finding Hope After A Stroke - A Young Stroke Survivor's Story (2015)  

Watch how Commander Kerr recovers from a traumatic stroke at 43 years old and returns to working for the Canadian Navy, being a husband and a father. 

 

 

 

"Bruyère gave my wife back to me" (2015) 

Dr. Hugh Lafave and wife Joann discuss their love story and journey with Alzheimer's Disease. Learn how research out of Bruyère Research Institute is helping Joann.