Real stories

Garima Dwivedi

More real women’s stories

From BC to PEI, these women in Canada come from various backgrounds but share one thing in common: they’re survivors. Read their stories.

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Karen Narraway

Karen wanted to believe that her heart was strong and healthy. She actually had heart disease.

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Sandra Thornton hugs her dog by a lake.

Sandra Thornton

As a Heart & Stroke volunteer, Sandra knew that women can experience heart attack differently. That knowledge may have saved her life.

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Genevieve and Nathan

Geneviève Morel

My husband was forced to make an unthinkable decision – save my life or our unborn son’s. My stroke has changed our lives forever.

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Winsome Dewar

My family history and Afro-Caribbean heritage puts me at a much higher risk of heart disease. I have to be vigilant about my own health.

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Esther Sanderson wears a purple jacket and smiles beside a University of Winnipeg sign.

Esther Sanderson

Indigenous people believe in taking care of our hearts, minds and spirits. Thirteen years after my heart transplant, I’m still doing that.

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