mary-lou englehartHi, I’m Mary Lou, the “Metro Mamma”. Quite frankly,  that name is a little misleading: the truth is I don’t have any kids of my own, and I rarely use public transit. But I do know a thing or two about childcare.

After having worked for twenty-two years as a pediatric nurse in Scarborough, Ontario, in 2009 I was forced to quit my job. I’ve been coping with multiple sclerosis since my late teens, but in the past years the illness’ progression has made my work and many of the things I enjoy the most in life very hard to keep up.

If you or a member of your family suffers from MS, you know the havoc it can wreak on a person’s daily existence. However, this blog isn’t about my illness, or the challenges that I’ve faced since my early retirement: I started Metro Mamma in an effort to keep busy and stay positive, but also because I figure that it would be a shame for me to let all those accrued bits of nursing wisdom go to waste. I take great pride in my experiences working with children, their parents, and my nursing colleagues. Being able to share what I’ve learnt from those years is a true blessing for me.