August 15, 2005
The following story was written by Caroline Canute, from Duncan, BC. Caroline is enrolled at the Reading and Writing Centre, Malaspina University-College in Duncan. Her story had been posted in the Learners Gallery during the Literacy and Health Conference that took place in Ottawa in October 2004.
I, Caroline will be talking about the medical conference. We sent our stories to the conference. The nurses and doctors wanted to hear stories from people who have trouble reading. I was happy to let the doctors know my honest feelings about my late parents. I wish we had time to speak with our parents before they were given morphine and ask my late parents if they had anything important to say to their children. My late dad understood English but my late mom never understood English. I'm so happy to let my feelings out and the doctor will understand me.
[This story was taken with permission, from Learners in Action, Winter 2005, published by the Learners Advisory Network (LAN), Movement for Canadian Literacy.]