Podcast Episode 137: Demon in my Blood

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 137 of The New Family Podcast where a journalist talks about her courageous fight with a serious but misunderstood disease.

I’m joined on the show today by a woman with a remarkable story. Elizabeth Rains, a mother of two and acclaimed Canadian journalist, was overcome with confusion when she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. She was immediately confronted with the fact that Hepatitis C is still often-stigmatized as well as perceived as a death sentence, even though it is now 90 per cent curable. Elizabeth has written a new book about her own journey and the history of the disease, called Demon in my Blood: My Fight with Hep C — And a Miracle Cure.

Here are some resources related to my discussion with Elizabeth.

Elizabeth’s blog and website

Elizabeth’s book Demon in My Blood: My Fight with Hep C – and a Miracle Cure

Resources for Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day

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Elizabeth’s Favourite Parenting Advice

“I’ve cobbled a lot of it together, we all get so much advice. I was never the helicopter mom. I always thought that kids have a lot to learn about the world, but they’re sensible, they’re innately sensible. This comes from my hippie days I guess, I don’t remember where I got this, but I’d say ‘Children are like flowers. You can’t push them to grow, but if you treat them with loving care, they will just blossom on their own.’ And you know what, my daughters did. They were so beautiful to me when I was ill with this disease, it was wonderful.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today’s Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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