“She’s seen me at my worst, and she was okay with that”

Mike Trauner and Leah Cuffe share the frustrations, pain and nightmares that linger from his wounds Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne It was just a corridor, but it was probably the longest walk of 30-year-old Leah Cuffe’s life. Down that hospital hallway in Landstuhl, Germany, was a Canadian flag. And beside that...
  • Health File: Bionic Progress

    January 1, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    If you were of the generation to see the Star Wars movies on original release, you might have dismissed as unlikely science fiction the scenes in which Luke Skywalker loses a hand to a light sabre and almost immediately reappears with a bionic replacement that...
  • It’s that comfortable time of the year, swimsuit season but a memory and holiday feast season about to begin. Widening waistlines are about the last thing on our minds—until the two to three kilograms gained over the winter sparks a New Year’s resolution. Understanding why we...
  • Health File: Tune Up Your Body For Winter

    September 1, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    The first chill winds of autumn and colourful changes of fall are signals to prepare for winter. As you change to winter tires, check out the furnace and mulch tender garden plants, also keep in mind what your body needs to keep you healthy during...
  • Alberta Legion Backs Long-Term Health Study

    July 30, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    It’s a Friday and no coincidence that Dr. Ibolja Cernak is dressed in red. Her quest for knowledge to improve the lot of injured soldiers has taken her from academe in Europe, to the battlefields of Kosovo, to one of the most respected research universities...
  • Collateral Damage: Families In The Wake Of War

    July 10, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    ILLUSTRATION BY: OWEN FREEMAN Exclusive Audio Edition: It’s the first time retired Sergeant Ted Peacock has smiled all weekend, and it’s a phoney smile that doesn’t reach his eyes. His family is gathered for a portrait, and feels obliged to put on happy faces. Son...
  • The Dog—And Horse And Cat—Days Of Summer

    July 1, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    Paul Farrugia and Perry. PHOTO: SHARON ADAMS Companion animals and service animals are now pretty familiar to Canadians. They help and support people with physical or mental challenges to go about the tasks of daily living. Now it’s been discovered that animals can help in...
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