Heavy heart…

I’m very sorry, I would have loved to give you a new chapter, but this isn’t… RL didn’t allow me much time to write. As I told you a couple of months ago, I’ve started treatment for an artificial insemination. Well what my doctor first told me would be quick and simple turned out to be more difficult. My thyroid level was too high and once I was put on medication to lower it, it had the complete opposite effect and I had to change medication two times before it finally went down to the desired level. Emotionally it drained me and I’m not talking about the side effects said medication brought me. Hopefully my first AI is scheduled for next week and I’m praying to all the Gods known to men that it will work.

And now to the reason why this post is called Heavy Heart… As you might have heard, last Friday the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, was hit by terror attacks. 30 people lost their lives. I’m always saddened when such events happens, 9/11, the Paris attaks… But this time it’s different. Out of the 30 victims, 6 were fellow Canadians, fellow Quebecers… 4 members of the same family and two of their friends who were in Burkina Faso doing humanitarian works.


(from right to left) Gladys Chamberlain, Yves Carrier, Charles-Elie Carrier, Maude Carrier, Louis Chabot and Suzanne Bernier, the six Canadian humanitarian workers killed in Ouagadougou

They were all amazing people, exceptionnal human beings. How do I know that? Well I knew some of them. Yves was my old High School’s Vice-Principal. I met his wife Gladys and son Charles-Elie once or twice at some school fonctions. His daughter, Maude, was also a teacher at my High School and the wife of my sister’s favourite teacher. And Louis was my math teacher. Math has never been my favourite subject and I had a very hard time, but Louis never gave up on me and always encouraged me. Because of him and his support, I went from a D to a B. Suzanne Bernier was a retired elementary school principal, I didn’t know her, but some friends of mine went to her school.

Quebec City, my hometown, is known pejoratively as a big village. And as hard it is for me to admit it, in the wake of this tragedy it is true. It’s crazy how many lives they have touched. And what’s even more tragic is that they died helping out people…

Anyway, I know I keep making promises of giving you a new chapter, but don’t give up. You’ll have one soon.



11 thoughts on “Heavy heart…

  1. I am so sorry for your loss. The deaths of these people are tragic anyway, but it’s worse when you know them. I hope someday people will learn to treat each other with kindness instead of violence.

  2. i am sorry sweetie, my heart goes out to you. Take care of yourself and stay strong. Here’s to the first try taking. Here’s to your strength and fortitude coming back to you . Here’s to you getting in life what you want most, a wee baby. Here’s to your aching heart and soul may they mend in time and you become the woman that you are meant to be. Gracious, Loving and Caring. Grief is a bitch and i am sure you will over come it with vigor. until you have time for us, love and Hugs KY

  3. What a terrible, senseless tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss. I’m from British Columbia and we send our love and support to Quebec.
    On a brighter note, I wish you well with your impending AI treatments! Fingers and toes crossed for you! And don’t worry about updating, we’ll be here when you’re ready:)

  4. I’m sorry for your pain. The world today is not as naive as it was when I was small. Keep strong especially now you have your own wellbeing to think about.
    In friendship and love Kay

  5. Hugs, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    On the other topic, as someone who has dealt with thyroid issues for 40 yrs, it can take a few months to get the dosage correct and the ups and downs that can occur during that time are not fun to go through. That little piece of you controls so much! Good luck with everything!

  6. Hugs dear. It’s a horrible thing to have happened. So many people are losing close loved ones, and when we count the amazing and inspiring people that we are losing and how many lives they’ve touched… I have no words to express the tragedy.
    Their are no words of support that I can give, except that I am thinking of you.

  7. My condolences Lara… All those attacks are tragedies but when one affects you personally, it is when you realise to what extent it affects so many people’s lives… And for what in the end? Not like it solves anything… Be well & hugs.

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