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A Good Patient Advocate Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

A Good Patient Advocate Can Be the Difference Between Life and Death

When it comes to healthcare, communication is vital. Doctors and nurses need an accurate description of a patient’s symptoms in order to make a diagnosis and provide the appropriate care. This is particularly vital for people with disabilities, who could be taking other medications or experiencing complications that could factor into a doctor’s analysis. Unfortunately, those same disabilities can also make it more difficult to communicate, especially if the healthcare staff is not familiar with the patient.   That’s why it’s important for people with...
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A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

Like many chronic condition diagnoses, a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can change a person’s life. In many ways, it can mean anticipating flare-ups of chronic pain and discomfort at any given time throughout the day. Lauren, a 45-year-old Nurse Practitioner working at a busy medical clinic and single mother with two teenage boys, leads a chaotic but fulfilling life. Having worked at the clinic for nearly 15 years, she loved her job and managed to work around its long, tiring hours on top of taking care of her home and her children. But one day that started to change. While...
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Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

All too often, long-term disability benefit claims are questioned when the cause is listed as addiction. Whether the addiction is in relation to a substance, an activity, or behaviour, it takes a strict adherence of application guidelines and practices for the claim to even be considered. Chief among those requirements is, perhaps one of its most limiting, the need to be enrolled in or show proof of enrollment in a rehabilitation program. Nevertheless, according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) “mental health issues and addictions are ‘disabilities’ that are...
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Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

At first, Josie was grateful. She had walked away from the crash relatively unscathed, and the injuries she sustained healed over the next few weeks. Any car accident could be harrowing, but she was a young and otherwise healthy college student and had been able to bounce back without too many lasting consequences. Or at least, that’s the way it had seemed at the time. She would eventually learn that the collision had done more permanent damage than she had initially realized, though it would still be several years before her symptoms truly started to manifest. It began...
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How To Safely Seek Medical Attention During COVID-19

How To Safely Seek Medical Attention During COVID-19

Currently, it can be difficult to know how to go about seeing your physician for anything non-COVID-19 related. The current government mandates for how to handle symptoms of the virus have been clearly laid out. But what do you do if a pre-existing condition is worsening? Or what if you find yourself with new symptoms and need to see your family doctor or go into the emergency department of your nearest hospital? We’ve put together some guidelines and advice from several different clinics and hospitals to help guide you through your various health care needs during these...
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A Day In The Life With Lyme Disease

A Day In The Life With Lyme Disease

Lyme disease has recently been brought into the public eye by celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and Justin Bieber. It’s an often misdiagnosed illness due to the misconception that it’s easily detectable by a bullseye-shaped rash that only actually appears in roughly 50% of cases, and because the symptoms of the condition (over 50 of them) can occur within days, months, or even years of infection. What’s more is that few people understand just what happens to someone diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Lilly, one of our recent clients with Lyme disease, was...