Lindsay Yaciuk from Grassroots Public Affairs reflects on her recent healthcare journey and extends a heartfelt thank you to Ontario healthcare workers.

Recently, I had surgery at Southlake Regional Hospital in Newmarket.  Due to constraints on the healthcare system, I waited several months for it.  My diagnosis required the removal of a large anomaly from my abdomen, but thankfully it was not cancer so other patients were, understandably, prioritized ahead of me.

I must admit, based on seemingly endless media reports of a healthcare system “in crisis” and “critically short staffed”, I was terrified to have an operation.  It’s a leap of faith at the best of times to surrender one’s consciousness to virtual strangers wielding sharp instruments, but within a system “in crisis” I felt like I was about to join a high stakes poker game at Caesars Palace…I was ‘all in’ and not feeling lucky…

Turns out, I had absolutely nothing to fear. 

Notwithstanding the many efficient and gracious healthcare workers I encountered during my battery of pre-op scans and tests, the team of medical professionals waiting for me on operation day was, frankly, astounding. 

In total there were 2 surgeons, 1 anesthesiologist, and 3 nurses ready to operate.  That’s 6 highly qualified professionals entirely focused on my procedure and my welfare, for almost 2 hours.  Incredible.  I haven’t received that much individual attention since…well, ever. 

Clearly, healthcare provision is an expensive endeavour.  And based on my recent experiences, I have come to believe it’s worth every penny.  And then some.

8 months ago, I didn’t have a doctor or an up-to-date health card.  But I did have a medical problem.  Fast forward to today and I’m down one uncomfortable abdominal mass, and up one huge amount of gratitude to all the wonderful people who helped me get better.

I certainly realize all experiences are not equal, so I can only speak for myself, but throughout my healthcare journey I received nothing but kindness and understanding and excellent care.  For a system in crisis, Ontario’s healthcare workers are crushing it!

THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.

Lindsay Yaciuk


Lindsay has 23 years corporate communications and leadership experience in the insurance sector, with specialties in Mergers & Acquisitions, Human Resources, and Strategic Planning. An accomplished writer and speaker, Lindsay is dedicated to accurate yet impassioned depictions of campaign goals. Her diplomatic and collaborative approach yields consistent communication and advocacy results. Lindsay holds an Honours BA in English Literature from Nipissing University.

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