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[VIDEO] Teachers, Chronic Pain, & the Importance of Disability Benefits

[VIDEO] Teachers, Chronic Pain, & the Importance of Disability Benefit...

The need for disability benefits can feel unnecessary. To the average person who has never experienced physical or mental impairments, it can be incomprehensible. But the fact is that some disabilities actively inhibit your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. If you can’t function normally during your daily routines, going to work and performing to a set standard will also be next to impossible. Teachers who suffer from chronic pain are an excellent example of why disability benefits are so necessary.  Most teachers spend their days on their feet in front of...
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Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Stress

Connection Between Fibromyalgia & Stress

One of the most stressful aspects of living with a chronic condition is dealing with the unknown. In many situations, symptoms can vary and change over time, as can the effectiveness of various treatments. Without a clear path for dealing with pain, a person can become anxious, stressed, and depressed.  Fibromyalgia is one such condition. It is long-term and causes pain and tenderness throughout the body. When symptoms temporarily increase in severity, it is called a flare-up. Due to the nature of fibromyalgia, flare-ups can make many activities in day to day life...
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Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Managing Stress While Living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis

Like many chronic illnesses, living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be extremely stressful. While stress does not cause the condition, it can certainly make symptoms worse. There are, however, many lifestyle changes that can help manage these symptoms and make life easier.  A 2010 Canadian study found that after working with 552 patients with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis over the course of a year, the risk of symptoms flaring increased when the patients were feeling stressed. For this reason, it is exceedingly important for patients to manage their...
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Blurred Vision and Headaches Caused By Hypertension Made It Impossible to Work

Blurred Vision and Headaches Caused By Hypertension Made It Impossible to W...

As mother of two teenagers and a receptionist for a large dental office in Vancouver, Leona was no stranger to stress. At 46 years old she felt like she finally had a handle on life’s stress, despite it never slowing down. No matter what, she could handle anything that was thrown her way. That was until the headaches started.  Initially, she didn’t think anything of it. They weren’t severe and they were infrequent enough that they didn’t worry her. But while she was coping with them, her company made some major structural changes that put more responsibility on her...
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Heart Disease In Canada

Heart Disease In Canada

Heart disease is considered the most prevalent cause of death in the world and is a serious problem plaguing Canadians. According to the most recent data available, approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults above the age of 20 live with ischemic heart disease. This includes approximately 578,000 adults with a history of heart attacks. The condition affects approximately 1 in 4 Canadians, with the prevalence increasing significantly above the age of 70. So why should we be concerned, and what do we need to know? It’s estimated that approximately 12 adult Canadians with...
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Rehab and the Difficulties of Disability Benefits for Addiction

Rehab and the Difficulties of Disability Benefits for Addiction

When applying for disability benefits because of an addiction, there are specific hurdles to overcome. One of the most difficult is also one of the most necessary parts of the application process – being in a rehabilitation program.  Participating in a formal rehabilitation program or staying in a rehabilitation facility is something most if not all insurance companies consider mandatory to qualify for disability. The issue is that they’re not always available and consistently have long waiting lists. These wait times, particularly for long-term treatment programs,...