Author Archives: Davidicus Wong

About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.

The Privilege and Joy of Parenting

Fathers Day is not just a day to honour our dads (My own dad is my role model for kindness, generosity and resilience); it’s a time to remember the privilege and joy of being a parent. This month, as my … Continue reading

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Remembering and Honouring Our Mothers

Visiting the cemetery each week, reminds me of what matters most in life. When we remember whom we have loved and lost, and recognize that all lives – even our own – will someday come to an end, the multitude … Continue reading

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The Patient-Doctor Relationship in Family Practice

In the office of my family practice, hidden from the view of patients, is a sign along the edge of the counter for my staff to see each day. “Treat every patient like family.” It’s at the heart of our … Continue reading

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How to Stay in Love

Dad and Mom’s Wedding Photo My sensible wife reminds me that Valentine’s Day is only a Hallmark holiday – a day when florists are overwhelmed selling roses at the highest prices of the year and when you should have made … Continue reading

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You Belong Here: the Positive Potential of Our Community

When my kids were young, the happiest place on Earth (besides home) was Disneyland. Now that that they’re in their twenties, our favourite place for a grown-up family vacation is Hawaii. Though we’re all Vancouver-born, Hawaiians treat us as if … Continue reading

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HOW to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Since its debut in 1944, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been a bittersweet favourite of the holiday season. In the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland sang it to cheer up Maureen O’Brien before the family’s … Continue reading

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Why I Still Believe in Santa

We live in an age of disbelief.  In a season traditionally of reverence and celebration, in recent years some may have found under their Christmas trees, Richard Dawkins’ book,“The God Delusion” and Christopher Hitchens’ “God is Not Great (subtitled “How … Continue reading

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