Posts By: Abby Neufeld

Zaharieva gets lifetime supply of Orkambi from Vertex

With others not so lucky, Zaharieva fights on In August 2017, Lilia Zaharieva was notified that the UVSS would be switching health care plans. As a result, coverage for her cystic fibrosis medication, Orkambi — a drug costing $250 000 dollars a year — would cease. Zaharieva fought tirelessly to obtain the coverage she so desperately needed. She quickly set… Read more »

The clock ticks on for Zaharieva

“The only reason I have the voice to fight is because my community came together and gave it to me,” she says. / The last we heard from Lilia Zaharieva, she was fighting on behalf of all British Columbians for access to Orkambi — the life-saving drug that has completely altered the quality of life for Zaharieva… Read more »

UVic student rallies for access to life-altering drug

Lilia Zaharieva is far from giving up her fight for access to Orkambi, the life-altering drug that was taken from her when the UVSS changed their health plan this past summer. Zaharieva, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, began taking Orkambi approximately a year ago, and it has changed the course of her life. She says… Read more »

Tragedy hits home

How the Las Vegas shooting affected Victorians On Oct. 1, 2017, a man barricaded in the Mandalay Bay Resort rained bullets down on the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. This, we know. We’ve heard the details, seen the broadcasts, and read the papers. However, this incident does not begin and end in… Read more »

Finding a place to cry on campus

It’s that time of year again If you’ve ever been perusing the depths of Facebook in a spiral of procrastination, it is likely that you’ve come across the ever-growing Facebook page, “Places in Victoria Where I Cry.” A helpful how-to guide on where to unleash your emotions, the page has been up and running since… Read more »

UVic students left in the lurch as UVSS switches health plans

In Spring 2017, the UVSS Board of Directors voted to move their Studentcare Health and Dental plan to a new health plan—B.C. Fair Pharmacare. The shift came with a decrease in coverage for dental, vision, and mental health prescriptions.  To let students know their medications may not be covered by the new plan, Studentcare, a third-party… Read more »

UVic student helps herself and others through mental health awareness

When Dana Neily talks about her struggles with balancing mental health and schoolwork, she appears calm and collected — like she’s had this conversation before. Perhaps her nonchalant attitude comes from her years of raising awareness of mental health issues in her community. Vice-president of the Mental Health Awareness Club at the University of Victoria, Neily has… Read more »