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When Fitness Equals Finance

When Fitness Equals Finance

When Logan was young, he would spend every day outdoors. There was nothing he loved more than tossing a ball, shooting a puck, and running around with his friends. He was athletic from the time he could walk  – and physical activity was an important part of his life. As he got older he began to run marathons. Fitness became not only a hobby, but a lifestyle for him. For that reason, he decided to turn his passion into a career. He loved his job as a physical trainer. Not only was he active all day long, but he felt like he was truly helping others achieve their...
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A Carpenter Without her Tools

A Carpenter Without her Tools

As soon as Ira picked up a hammer in her high school shop class, she knew that building was what she was meant to do. Woodworking became an early passion of hers, and her skills grew stronger as she worked as an apprentice under many accomplished craftspeople. What started as a hobby became a career, and she was great at what she did. At the age of 40, Ira had been working as a professional carpenter for nearly 20 years. One day, she lost her balance while working on site, and dropped a power tool. Nobody was harmed, but she was still concerned. This was the first time...
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Getting Around with MS

Getting Around with MS

When Adam was 32, he noticed some changes in the way he felt, both physically and emotionally. He was suddenly more tired than usual and started suffering from dizzy spells. His sister had an iron deficiency, and he thought that may be the case for himself as well. He approached his doctor, and after testing his iron levels and seeing that they were regular, he was asked to come in for another appointment. Almost as an afterthought, he mentioned to his doctor that he had recently begun experiencing some tenderness and pain in his face. She thought it would be a good idea...
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Celebrities with MS

Celebrities with MS

On October 20, Selma Blair made headlines when she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Best known for her roles in films like Hellboy, Legally Blonde, and Cruel Intentions, the actress made the announcement via Instagram, confidently telling her fans, “I have MS and I am okay.” That optimistic message has been expressed by other celebrities with MS. That list includes Jack Osbourne, Richard Pryor, and the award-winning writer Joan Didion, all of whom were (and are) able to lead fulfilling lives in the years following their diagnoses....
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An MS Diagnosis Can Still Lead to Denied LTD Benefits

An MS Diagnosis Can Still Lead to Denied LTD Benefits

As a retail manager, Carrie was used to spending long days on her feet. She was also used to a little bit of pain. Something always felt like it was slightly off, but as long as she got some rest (and took the time to stretch), the problem would usually resolve itself within a couple of days. That’s why she didn’t think too much of it when her pain first cropped up. She’d had a pinched nerve before, and that’s exactly what this felt like. There was some faint tingling and some numbness in her arms and legs. The pain that went with it was discomforting but manageable. She...
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An Educator in Pain

An Educator in Pain

Cheryl loved her job at the preschool in her neighbourhood. As an early childhood educator, she had been working with young children for 22 years. While often exhausting, her work was satisfying, and she loved watching the children grow and learn. She found tremendous meaning and joy in her work. When Cheryl had been studying to become an ECE, she learned many important skills. From understanding child development to creating a play-based learning environment, she felt well prepared for the career she was heading into. What she wasn’t warned about was the physical aspects...