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This Happened to Me

This Happened to Me is a new video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives — the moments that changed everything.

A new video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives

Jennifer Yoon, Kirk Foat, Margaret Lynch and Brian Petersen. (Sinisa Jolic and Tyson Koschik/CBC)

This Happened to Me is a new video series from CBC Radio that explores the turning points in our lives — the moments that changed everything. 

From finding love to finding yourself, going back to school or moving to a new country, these stories all hinge on the instant that life takes a different turn.

I was bullied out of school at age 16 and finally went back - at 54

Brian Petersen dropped out of high school at age 16 because he was bullied so badly, and thought he'd never go back. But when he finally did, it transformed how he saw himself. 

How I picked my English name during a plane ride

Jennifer Yoon was 11 years old when she moved to Canada from South Korea with her family. In Korea, she was Yae Gi Yoon, but by the time she stepped off the plane ride in Vancouver, she had an entirely new name.

How I got off prescription opioids and got my life back

Kirk Foat severely injured his hand while on vacation in Curaçao. The opioids he was prescribed came with side effects, and eventually, for Kirk decided to wean himself off the pills, once and for all.

What's wrong with me? I found the answer on the famous Camino trail

Margaret Lynch was living a good life, but she felt something was missing. After a painful breakup at age 56, she decided she needed to do something for herself. So, she booked a trip to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. 

I headbutted a man on the subway

Daemon Fairless was taking the subway home on New Year's Eve after going ice-skating with his wife. They got onto an eastbound train, and in their subway car was a man behaving erratically and making people feel nervous. 

Why I won't come out to my grandmother

Erica Lenti has been dating her girlfriend, Arielle, for several years, and everyone in her family knows she's gay — except Lenti's grandmother. Here's why Lenti isn't coming out to her nonna.

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