Thank You for Making a Vital Difference
When you purchase DreamLife tickets, you could win some life-changing prizes. But well before that, you're already changing lives.
Your ticket purchases support Covenant Health's Grey Nuns and Misericordia Hospitals, helping their staff to deliver exceptional care.
Our stories are many, but here are a few that have touched our hearts.
Life was normal for Megan. Passionate about education, she was working as an elementary school teacher while living just outside Sherwood Park. But in February 2018, everything changed. She began feeling weak and dizzy. Something was dreadfully wrong.
She was rushed to the Grey Nuns Emergency, where her heart stopped a number of times and she needed resuscitation.
"I was scared. I didn't know if I'd make it."
Over the weeks that followed, Megan was stabilized and monitored closely by a team that made sure she didn’t just receive care, but felt cared for.
"The staff calmed me down. They were such a great team."
Megan met with her cardiologist when she first arrived. Every day for the next week, he and his team came to speak with her and monitor her progress. Naturally, her family was concerned. While her doctor was certainly busy, he was never too busy to spend extra time answering questions. “They understood my panic,” said Megan, “and would calm me down."
When Megan recalls being discharged, she mentions how she was almost sad to leave. “I had never been to the Grey Nuns before. It’s a wonderful place. I would definitely go back if that was an option.”
Megan is still on the road to recover, but she’s grateful for the help she had in getting there and for the help DreamLife ticket buyers provide to support hospitals like the Grey Nuns.
"You never know when you're going to need it."
When you purchase DreamLife tickets, you’re playing a role in the exceptional care patients like Megan receive.
Bernie lives an incredible life. Growing up in small-town Alberta, he went on to work in Alberta Health, where he was noted for his work in mental health and responding to emergencies, nationally and internationally. He’s also a proud father and husband.
At the age of 65, Bernie was healthy and happy. He’d never smoked a day in his life, so he was surprised when a slight lump appeared on his neck. He wasted no time getting it checked. And within hours, he had a diagnosis. Cancer in the throat.
"When you're diagnosed, the fear of death is always there."
His larynx was removed. So was the lower half of his tongue. Radiation treatment attacked the cancer but destroyed his teeth. And because of the state of his jaw, getting dentures wasn’t a simple endeavour. In fact, he had no teeth for seven years. That’s when Bernie came to the Misericordia for jaw reconstruction.
When he finally received new dentures, his daughter and wife cried tears of happiness. The dentures changed his appearance, improved his impaired speech, and enhanced his nutritional intake. Simply put, he received a new lease on life.
“The gift I received is that every word I say has meaning and significance.”
After losing his voice, Bernie found that the journey to having it sufficiently restored was arduous. It changed him, but not in the way some might think. Bernie’s perspective has become increasingly holistic. “I feel more deeply I can see a lot further. I recognize how fortunate I am.”
When he looks back on his recovery, Bernie’s quickly thinks of the staff and programs at the Misericordia that helped him make daily progress. “The therapeutic and compassionate atmosphere was a real boost in my ongoing recovery,” he says.
Today, Bernie sees a reason for telling his story. That’s why he’s shared it with us. Reflecting on the importance of DreamLife to the Misericordia, Bernie says, “I would encourage you to buy a ticket.”
Your ticket purchases help our Hospitals with Heart make a vital difference in the lives of patients like Bernie and Megan and their families.