“It crushed me”

Nine years ago, Mark Campbell was the high-value target of a Taliban remotely detonated bomb. Today, he says, “I lost my legs for all the right reasons.” Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The toughest part of Mark Campbell’s nine-year ordeal was being separated—not from his legs by a Taliban bomb, but from...
  • It’s unusual to catch Gib McElroy in his room at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa. He’s out visiting his friend, Charlie, at bingo or physiotherapy, a veterans’ council meeting or taking in one of the centre’s many activities. He’s gone so...
  • Health File: Researchers Meet In Edmonton

    March 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    The fourth Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum in Edmonton was a veritable knowledge buffet. More than 125 researchers talked about their work. Topics were as diverse as how to better deliver whole blood to battlefield trauma victims; how joints in...
  • A Mighty Big Bionic Step

    January 16, 2014 by Sharon Adams
    You could describe a bionic exoskeleton as a robot suit—a ready-to-wear superman kit a soldier can don to get the extra oomph to tote a hundred kilograms without breaking a sweat or tirelessly run and march farther and faster than otherwise humanly...
  • 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...