When Jan O’Hara learned she would need to create a bio page for Writer Unboxed, her first thought was, “Fantastic. Finally the opportunity to practice my pirate-speak.” That Kathleen and Therese saw it otherwise should not be held against them.
Jan left her writing dreams behind for years to practice family medicine. She provided birth-to-death healthcare and served as a clinical preceptor while teaching medical students and residents at the University of Alberta.
She came to understand the importance of hope during a time when she had little of her own, and still less ability to inspire it in others. That’s why, when made director of a family medicine center, she facilitated its hope-focussed transformation – a change that rippled through the local healthcare system. In a good way.
Jan lives in Alberta, Canada with her long-suffering husband and two children. Once obsessed with helping people professionally, she now spends her days torturing them on paper. See? Happily Ever Afters really do exist.
Oh, and yarrr.