On the verge of dying nearly five years ago, the difference in Jackson Harris’ life between then and now is like night and day according to mom, Sara. It was the pressure on Jackson’s brain that triggered the excruciating headaches and vomiting that ultimately resulted in a life-changing trip to McMaster Children’s Hospital’s Emergency Department in December 2011.
How did it get to this? Tashmina and Clive Hall of Carlisle wondered as they sat beside their eight-year-old son Isaac in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of McMaster Children’s Hospital in 2011. Due to a serious infection, Isaac was dangerously close to losing his foot – and a lot more.
That is how 17-year old Christina Kapusty describes her life over the last year. The desire for perfection, the self-loathing and a horrible body image resulted from years of nasty comments about her weight. As the bullying intensified, the cumulative effect became so unbearable that Christina just stopped eating. A journey began in April 2015 that would lead Christina to near-death by fall. Now back from the brink, she wants to use her experience to raise awareness about bullying and its devastating impact, while encouraging an open discussion on mental health issues.