Author Archives: patriciahung

Monkey Mind

Some of you may remember Alison Parrott.  She was abducted, raped and murdered in Toronto in 1986.   She had become quite a good little runner and was to leave the day following her abduction to compete internationally.  However, she was … Continue reading

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A Need For Privacy

In Toronto this week there was an 18 year old male armed with a knife on a bus. Sadly, he was shot and killed by police. As expected, the media is up in arms with scathing reports condemning police action, … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m a control freak!

Anyone know any control freaks, or do you suffer from this problem yourself?  Needing to feel in control has been one of the biggest struggles of my life, particularly since Stefanie’s death. For the longest time, I thought it was … Continue reading

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Feeling Vulnerable

…Anyone afraid of feeling vulnerable?  Anyone equate vulnerability to weakness? Recently at an event primarily made up of other police officers, I felt I had no choice but to step out of my comfort zone and ask a personal favour … Continue reading

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Annual “report cards” on inmates.

Last week I presented at a symposium for the Department of Justice and was honoured to be invited to be part of a forum with the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.  What an amazing group of people! Frankly, I … Continue reading

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That Bullet Goes Both Ways

A good friend of mine, a retired SEAL, has taught me many things.  I’m fairly certain that the majority of them haven’t been terribly profound, such as the intricacies of Californian language structure (i.e. ‘whew hew’ versus ‘woo woo’) but … Continue reading

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Trauma and Growth

Over the next two months, I will be speaking at various events about the benefits and personal growth associated with trauma.  Did I just say benefits, personal growth and trauma in the same sentence?  That might sound impossible or rare … Continue reading

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Want to sleep better?

I wonder how many of us wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep? There are hundreds of reasons that might prompt us to waken from sleep—the inevitable call of nature, nightmares, snores coming … Continue reading

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What are your goals?

Goals are what propel us forward, give us something to work toward, something to fill us with enthusiasm and give us a reason to feel proud of our accomplishments. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have … Continue reading

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Finding Ways to Combat Anxiety

As the unrelenting anxiety continues to grow, my best defense is to sit and write and focus my mind on something unrelated to the sadness and emptiness that inevitably grows inside me at that this time of the year. This … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Grief and the holidays, Relieving stress | 10 Comments