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One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, but the subject is largely taboo. “It feels like this silent shame – something we carry around like a dirty little secret. But so many people have had them,” one woman told me. I teamed up with Today’s Parent to profile three women and their stories of losing pregnancies, children and dreams of becoming parents. The award-winning multimedia project also examined the latest research on pregnancy loss and ignited a national conversation via social media.
Of all the monsters parents clear from beneath beds, few actually have us in their crosshairs. There’s one scary beast, though, that takes hold of unlucky moms and bites into entire families. Breast cancer affects about 1,200 Canadian women under the age of 40 each year. For them, diagnosis arrives when life seems so full it’s overflowing: with growing families, work, overlooked dust bunnies, friends that don’t deserve another last-minute cancellation. Yet breast cancer demands all of it be put on the back burner so Mom can deal with an enormous challenge – often one she’s never felt less equipped or more surprised to face. I teamed up with Today’s Parent to profile five women and the battles they’re waging.
A decade into the war in Afghanistan, the lives of women in the country’s patriarchal south remained an enigma. Although women made up half of the country’s population, they were rarely heard. In this Emmy-winning 2009 series published in The Globe and Mail and illustrated with on-camera interviews and photos by Paula Lerner, ten women revealed their thoughts on arranged marriages, education, politics, war, social codes and unrelenting violence.
In the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in January, 2010, I spent months with The Globe and Mail in the seaside city of Jacmel documenting the rebuilding effort by focusing on a diverse cast of characters: artists, students, entrepreneurs, a church, a tented community and a lineup of power brokers. The result was a National Newspaper Award-winning multimedia series that highlighted the never-ending struggle.