The Calgary Journal
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Brandi Laperle was given Lupron to treat her endometriosis symptoms. Her body was sent into menopause overnight in her early thirties, a process known as chemical castration, and can not be reversed. Laperle has done her own research on the drug and with women who have also experienced negative results from the drug and hopes that she can help future women with better treatment for their endometriosis. Photo Courtesy of Brandi Laperle.

Brandi Laperle was a teenager living in Edmonton when her symptoms first arose. Severe cramping that would have her doubled over in pain, heavy menstrual flow, digestive issues, bladder pain, and swollen gums. It wasn’t until she was 31-years-old that she was finally diagnosed with endometriosis.

After years of trying different treatments like IUDs, birth control and pain medication, Laperle was given Leuproreli, more commonly referred to by its tradename, Lupron, and after one injection went into menopause overnight. A phenomenon known as chemical castration.

Ann Hui, a well-known writer for the Globe and Mail, wanted to discover more about small-town Chinese restaurants and the histories of the families that run them, so she travelled across Canada in 2016 to understand them better.

She chronicled her stories in a recently released book, Chop Suey Nation, which came to stores this January. Her speech at Calgary’s new downtown public library in late March was one of the many stops along her tour.
After receiving a call about a train derailment in Southwest Calgary, Edwardson had to adjust her day to cover the breaking news.
This year, Mount Royal University began charging a course registration fee which had a lot of students searching for extra cash.

While the fee is eventually deducted from tuition costs, some students are struggling to balance their day to day finances and are looking for ways to increase their income and reduce debt.