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Patient Stories

12-year-old Mary Ann Hall

Mary Ann’s Story

Three years ago, 12-year-old Mary Ann Hall was diagnosed with diabetes. Today, diabetes doesn’t stop her from playing hockey, basketball, golf, running and yoga. Inspired by the work of Trish and Alice at the Northside General Diabetic Clinic, she wants to be a paediatrician or a dietitian to help people when she grows up.
Neila MacGean with her husband Jack

Neila’s Story

Neila MacGean has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension which means that she has to be on an oxygen machine with 8 litres high pressure every day. Neila was a nurse at Northside General Hospital for 6 years and later an occupational health nurse at Devco.
Taigh Solas resident Wallace Reid.

Chip’s Story

Wallace (“Chip”) Reid was a registered nurse at Northside General Hospital but is now a resident of Taigh Solas on the third floor. Chip has been a resident of Taigh Solas for seventeen years. Born in North Sydney, he is an only child but has two aunts that visit regularly, Georgina and Shirley.
Linden McGuigan

Linden’s Story

Linden McGuigan of Sydney Mines was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in February of 2014. Linden visits the Diabetic Clinic a couple times per month. Linden’s symptoms were fatigue and thirst. Linden finds the Diabetic Clinic helpful and informative and gets the best of treatment from the staff in the clinic. He tries to eat healthy and keeps his sugars in check. He is a body builder and says he is now “The Strongest Version of Myself”
9-year-old Connor Viva

Connor’s Story

Nine-year-old Connor Viva is from Florence, Nova Scotia and attends grade four at Florence Elementary School. He wants to be a referee or a school bus driver when he grows up. Connor has been a patient at the Orthoptic Clinic at Northside General Hospital since he was just 7 months old. He explains his illness as a Pirate Patch. He wears his patch to treat amblyopia - which is secondary to his strabismus (misalignment of the eyes).
Brianna Murphy

Brianna’s Story

Thirteen year old Brianna Murphy doesn’t allow diabetes to run her life. Brianna has Type 1 Diabetes and visits the Diabetic Clinic at Northside General Hospital regularly. Her condition doesn’t stop her from playing basketball and soccer or from competing in dance competitions. Since she had her pump she can spend more time with her friends and she doesn’t have to carry needles with her- it has really changed her life for the better.
Earl Boutilier

Earl’s Story

Earl Boutilier was diagnosed with CMT-Charcot Marie Tooth Disease 51 years ago and is also diabetic. Also known as Charcot–Marie–Tooth neuropathy, CMT is a genetically inherited disorder of the peripheral nervous system characterized by progressive loss of muscle tissue and touch sensation across various parts of the body. Currently incurable, this disease is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders.
Northside / Harbourview Hospital Foundation

PO Box 399
North Sydney, Nova Scotia
Canada B2A 3M4
Tel: (902) 794-5402 Fax: (902) 794-5425