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Members’ Stories

Members of Patient Alumni come from all walks of life but have one thing in common, their experience with the Ottawa Heart Institute. Get to know a bit more about our members and who makes us what we are.


Frederick Boychuk

My Journey….. On April 27, 2020, at the beginning of Covid lockdowns, I was drinking my usual morning coffee when I felt my heart begin to race and bounce. As a life-long athlete and vegan, I realized right away this was not normal, so I immediately went to The Oakville Memorial Hospital Emergency. They hooked me up to a CT scan, which showed my…

Posted on August 23, 2021

Shelley Posen

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s FAB REHAB Rehab today! Welcome back To treadmill, rowing, bike, and track Time to exercise a while— Weigh yourself and grab your file Check your pulse and your blood pressure Exercises made-to-measure. Join the circle, take a seat Warm up to the music’s beat Raise your hands, press up high Roll your shoulders, grab the sky Push a…

Posted on April 20, 2017

Lise Grant

I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to write this.  Life sometimes gets ahead of us and buries emails.   Unfortunately, my husband had a heart attack just before Easter 2016. Luckily it was mild and they were able to put in 2 stents to open up one of the arteries that was 100% blocked. Now his eating habits have…

Posted on February 15, 2017

Victoria E Mosonyi

Feb 15, 2016 My name is Victoria Mosonyi, 65 and I had a massive heart attack January 26 /2016. Thanks to the staff of doctors and nurses and their dedication I am alive and have a second chance to my life . Meanwhile the cost of my new medications were out of reach for us since we are self employed with no benefits . But a very…

Posted on July 7, 2016

Stephen Sharp

The Five-Boro Ride, New York City, May 2015 By Stephen Sharp, CPA, CA, Board Member and Treasurer of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Alumni I have been meaning to write this article since we returned from our memorable bicycle ride in New York City.  Today, I realized how truly important it was to get this article submitted. It is two years since my…

Posted on March 1, 2016

Carolyn Cooper

A Simple Solution for a Complex Problem By: Carolyn Cooper  RN, MScN, BA Crim, BA RLST, CD Clinical Nurse Manager I represent the Ottawa Heart Institute on the Board of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Patient Alumni. In this capacity, I am privileged to see first hand the difference the Patient Alumni make in the every day lives of our patients. I would…

Posted on March 1, 2016

John Herzog

Towards a Healthier Lifestyle: One Step at a Time A First Person Story By John Herzog Each time the respected professionals at the Heart Institute reminded me to walk at least half an hour a day, I committed to do so. Much to my embarrassment, the resolve evaporated, usually within weeks. There was always a good reason: the weather is too cold, too warm,…

Posted on March 1, 2016

Joseph Lunn

Greetings and Salutations; My name is Joseph Lunn but you can call me Joe. I was asked if I could, to write down something that would describe my experience here at the Heart Institute. Well the first thing that pops into my head is, have you ever watched MASH, the show about a hospital unit in Korea? Well being here reminds me of that…

Posted on November 29, 2015

Diane Burton

WOMAN WITH HEART DISEASE, AGE 55, OTTAWA, ON My name is Diane Burton, I’m 55 years old and I have heart disease. I was not at risk of a heart attack; after all I was only 54 years old. My husband’s father passed away at the age of 52 with a massive heart attack, so he was the one we worried about. Although my…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Lannie Mitchell

HEART KEEPER, AGE 65, OTTAWA, ON Hello, my name is Lannie Mitchell. I am 65 years old. The issue that most affects my heart health is my weight. I have had a constant struggle with being overweight for the past 40 years. Although I’m never sick, and I do exercise daily, both my blood pressure and cholesterol are controlled by medication. My family doctor…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Maureen Monaghan

WOMAN AT RISK, AGE 59, OTTAWA, ON Hello my name is Maureen Monaghan. I am 59 years old and 10 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I also have a family history of heart disease so I know I have a higher risk of heart problems. Up until last year I had been able to manage my diabetes on my own with diet…

Posted on November 20, 2015

Steve Cameron

Often when we think of heart disease, we think of it affecting the elderly. The truth is that heart disease can affect anyone, at any age. Even somebody who is only 24 years old, like me. When I was only two years old, I had open-heart surgery at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. At 16, I received his first pacemaker. I suffer from Atrial…

Posted on February 10, 2014