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The Warrior: Tara's story

During Tara Bourque's stay in-hospital, the St. Michael's team discovered that she was in urgent need of a double-lung transplant. "That was the first time a transplant had really crossed my mind," Tara recalls. "To be told this was devastating. I was in complete denial." Tara was warned that the risks of foregoing the procedure could be deadly, but she was still reluctant to proceed. Dr. Elizabeth Tullis, Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic started to panic. "I thought, 'if I don't convince Tara that this is important, she could die.' My dilemma was: how do I tell her she needs surgery to survive without scaring her? How do I get her to trust me?"
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Chicken Kebabs

Variety is the spice of life! Whether it's chicken, beef, salmon or lamb, put a twist on the classic kebab with a powerful punch of seasoning.
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A Gift that Keeps on Giving

For more than 30 years, Agnes Faraci had her finger on the pulse of patient care. As a nurse, she travelled around the globe, working at hospitals in Madrid, Munich and Rome. She volunteered to help doctors care for the less fortunate in medical missions to Central and South America. While a nurse in the naval reserve, she trained medics. And she spent time at every single hospital in Toronto. "In all my years of nursing, I've always considered St. Michael's home," says Agnes. "I can say with certainty that it's the number one hospital out there."
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Extra Years to Travel

Denise Allick was just two weeks shy of her retirement and at work when she started getting what she describes as "a very uncomfortable feeling" between her shoulders. She recounts, "In the previous few weeks, I would get the occasional sharp pain. It would not last very long so I did not worry about it. This time, however, the pain felt different. I went home and told my husband Lester 'I'm not feeling great I'm going to lie down.' After that, I don't remember anything." Lester was later told by the attending cardiologist that they could not do anything more for his wife because the blockage in her arteries could not be dissolved using medication. As a result, arrangements were made to have her transported to St. Michael's where a team of physicians had the skills to perform an angioplasty to clear the blockages in the arteries of her heart.
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Celebrating $235 Million Raised!

As we become Canada’s premier critical care hospital, extraordinary thanks to all those who helped us go over-goal to complete our campaign, including the following: Peter Gilgan Patient Care Tower I $30 million Element Financial Atrium and Way I $15 million Slaight Family Emergency Department I $10 million Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation Respirology Unit I $5 million Tim and Frances Price Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit I $5 million Tony and Anne Arrell I $5 million And gifts of every size from many, many others.
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Cucumber Rose Canapes

In the popular What’s Cooking Doc? feature in Urban Angel magazine, St. Michael’s pediatrician Dr. Jonathon Maguire collaborated with celebrated chefs Victor De Guzman, Executive Chef at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto, and Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef of Langdon Hall in Cambridge to share healthy and delicious recipes that are guaranteed to impress. This online exclusive recipe for Cucumber Rose Canapes from Jason Bangerter is the perfect appetizer for spring and summer parties.
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The Perils of Planting

“It was a spring day like any other,” she recalls, “and I spent the majority of it in and out of the yard cleaning, planting and watering.” As evening closed in, Tina began tidying up – and slipped. The pain and swelling to her left leg was instantaneous, and as the numbness set in, she knew something was terribly wrong. Concerned that her condition was worsening, Tina’s doctor arranged for an ambulance to take her to St. Michael’s – she had severe vascular damage.
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No Quick Fix

The ambulance lurches to a halt and the paramedics pound up the stairs. But tonight they are too late—another unlikely addict has succumbed to Toronto’s painkiller epidemic. Don’t judge: this could be any neighbourhood in any city. Dr. Adam Quastel, Physician Lead for the St. Michael’s Hospital Addictions Team, is on the front line. He says people are dying because prescription pain killers for chronic pain are addictive. “This is a citywide problem,” he notes, “Our patients are your friends, mothers, grandparents, professionals—people from all walks of life.”
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Urban Angel magazine preview S/S 2016

Your preview of the new Urban Angel magazine is here! Flip through these preview articles from the experts at St. Michael’s below. You'll find great information for your whole family, including: 1. A spring-fresh recipe from our popular What's Cooking Doc? feature 2. Tips for staying active while enjoying the outdoors 3. Puzzles to Give Your Brain a Workout
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Quinoa Salad with Tomato, Shallot and Chive Dressing

Cast a culinary spell on your guests with this recipe for Quinoa Salad with Tomato, Shallot and Chive Dressing from the Urban Angel magazine feature, What's Cooking, Doc? In the feature, St. Michael’s pediatrician Dr. Jonathon Maguire collaborated with celebrated chefs Victor De Guzman, Executive Chef at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto, and Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef of Langdon Hall in Cambridge to share healthy and delicious recipes that are guaranteed to impress.
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