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Ostomy 101

Ostomy 101

The diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is a life-changing one. With a few short words, nothing is ever the same. Your dietary restrictions go through the roof, flare-ups can knock you out of commission for weeks at a time, and the symptoms can be painful and profoundly debilitating. There are some treatments, but no known cures. These can include medications and even surgery, of which one of the results is an ostomy. But what is an ostomy and how does it work? Ostomy surgery is a life-saving procedure whereby bodily waste is allowed to pass through “a...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Impacts Canadians at High Rates

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Impacts...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be difficult to talk about. Many people with IBS are unlikely to advertise their status, and the silence can mask the prevalence of the condition. That’s why it’s helpful to have statistics. In truth, Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world, affecting 18% of the national population (the global rate is closer to 11%). That puts a significant strain on the Canadian healthcare system. It can take up to four years to make a positive IBS diagnosis, and those tests are expensive. The annual medical bill for an IBS patient is,...
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[VIDEO] Ask A Lawyer: What If I’m Being Forced Back To Work?

[VIDEO] Ask A Lawyer: What If I’m Being Forced Back To Work?

https://www.sharelawyers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Alison-2.mp4 Knowing when to go back to work after an injury or disability can be tricky. Often people will be cautious about returning too quickly but also eager to get back to life as normal (or at least as normal as possible). In some instances, the insurance company may try to “force” a client back to work before they feel they’re ready, claiming that they seem well enough. So what can you do in these situations? According to Alison Gilmour, one of our associate lawyers, the insurance company cannot legally...
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‘Gutsy’ Short Documentary Sheds The Stigma About Crohn’s

‘Gutsy’ Short Documentary Sheds The Stigma About Crohn’s

“Honestly,” says Ryan Nesbitt, “Crohn’s is, like, the most inconsistent thing.” This sentiment comes at about the six-minute mark in Nesbitt’s short documentary, Gutsy. The short focuses on Nesbitt and Jessica Grossman’s experiences with Crohn’s disease, from their diagnoses in childhood to the present day. For those who live with Crohn’s disease, this sentiment will be very familiar. For the rest of the unaffected population, however, the details Nesbitt and Grossman share may come as a shock. It’s estimated that approximately 270,000 Canadians are living with...
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Top 8 Reasons LTD Claims Are Denied

Top 8 Reasons LTD Claims Are Denied

Incomplete or late LTD Applications: Your claim may be denied if your forms are not completed properly or sent in within the insurance company deadlines. Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: If you have only had your group benefits for a brief period of time and had a medical condition in the past, the claim will be reviewed to determine whether the claim can be denied based on the pre-existing exclusion clause in your group policy. Negligent or Fraudulent Misrepresentation: If you have a private or individual LTD policy, the rules regarding pre-existing medical conditions...
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Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Is Crohn’s Disease Considered a Disability?

Crohn’s disease is a chronic disorder that causes pain and swelling in the gastrointestinal tract. One of the most common symptoms is diarrhea, forcing patients to make frequent trips to the restroom in order to avoid a potentially embarrassing mishap.    However, that’s not the only reason Crohn’s is considered a disability, nor does it capture the full scope of the disease. The abdominal pain associated with the disorder can be debilitating, and it can lead to other complications like abscesses, fistulas, rectal bleeding, and anemia. The inflammation can also disrupt...