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Canadian Armed Forces Denied Disability Benefits For PTSD

Canadian Armed Forces Denied Disability Benefits For PTSD

As we well know, invisible illnesses are mired in stigma from both the general population as well as insurance companies. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an often misdiagnosed and heavily misunderstood invisible illness, frequently leads to denied disability claims as a result. Though studies suggest it affects at least 7 in 100 Canadians, we have limited data on the illness and just how many Canadians are living with it without help.  Sam, a 43-year-old member of the Canadian Armed Forces, is just one of them. After years of working in the field, helping her...
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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...
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Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that affects organs like the lungs, pancreas, and liver – gradually deteriorating the body over time – and those living with the condition must take constant care of their bodies through medications, treatments, nutrition, and frequent hospital visits.   One of our more recent clients, Scott, now 32, was only an infant when a sweat test conducted by his doctor detected a higher level of salt in his sweat – an early indicator of Cystic Fibrosis. Growing up, Scott was one of the more fortunate...
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Prince Harry’s Mental & Physical Health Initiative For the Armed Forces

Prince Harry’s Mental & Physical Health Initiative For the Armed Force...

In late April of 2020 it was announced that Prince Harry, after recently abdicating his royal duties, has created a new fitness app aimed at the military community.  The central idea of the app is to provide military personnel with the tools to be more proactive about their physical and mental health. Called HeadFIT, the program has reportedly been in the making for nearly three years.  HeadFIT has been created with Britain’s Defence community in mind, offering round-the-clock access to self-help tools that are meant to help with managing mood, drive, and...
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Life After LTD Settlement for Cancer Treatment Pain

Life After LTD Settlement for Cancer Treatment Pain

Stephanie, a 40-year-old bus driver, had worked tirelessly at her job for many years. Through exhaustive and often stressful, Stephanie still loved her job; it allowed her to connect with her community and help in a tangible way. That’s part of why it was so painful when she had to take time off after her breast cancer diagnosis. She was told her chances of recovery were high, but she needed to focus on treatment.  Thankfully, she had the full support of her employers, coworkers, family, and friends, which she often attributes to the success of her treatment. She was...