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What Do I Do If I Don’t Have a Diagnosis?

What Do I Do If I Don’t Have a Diagnosis?

In most long-term disability cases, people will experience symptoms long before they receive an official diagnosis. Those symptoms send people to the doctor in the first place, and they can become quite severe before anyone can identify a cause. As it relates to work, that means that you are eligible for long-term disability benefits even if your condition has not yet been diagnosed. In order to receive benefits, you simply need to demonstrate that your medical issues prevent you from doing your job. In that regard, an official diagnosis does not make a condition any more...
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Chadwick Boseman’s Secret Battle with Colon Cancer

Chadwick Boseman’s Secret Battle with Colon Cancer

The recent death of 43-year-old actor Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer shocked the world. When it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, fans were astonished. As it turns out, the star of 42 and Get On Up had been undergoing treatment while he was making critically acclaimed, high-profile films like Black Panther and Da 5 Bloods.  Boseman’s passing sheds light on this illness along with several shocking statistics. Colon cancer is expected to cause about 53,200 deaths in 2020, according to Cancer.org. Colorectal cancer is also the...
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Side Effects: A Throat Cancer Diagnosis

Side Effects: A Throat Cancer Diagnosis

Viktor felt like his world was ending when he received his throat cancer diagnosis. He always figured that cancer would be something he might have to deal with when he was older, not something he would deal with while he was in good health at only 41. Of course, Viktor didn’t have much time to dwell on his misfortune. He entered treatment immediately and was grateful that his doctors had spotted the problem early. They told him that the throat cancer had not yet spread, and that his prognosis was good and that he should be able to make a full recovery. But that didn’t...
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Robin Williams’ Final Days And Battle With Lewy Body Dementia Revealed In New Documentary

Robin Williams’ Final Days And Battle With Lewy Body Dementia Revealed In N...

Lewy Body Dementia, a degenerative brain disease, is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for approximately 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of dementia in Canada. LBD affects every aspect of a person, with symptoms including impaired thinking, memory loss, tremors, difficulty moving, visual hallucinations, paranoia, depression, and changes in autonomic body functions. With no specific test to diagnose Lewy Body Dementia, and with many of the same signs and symptoms as other forms of dementia, LBD is often misdiagnosed, leading...
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An Office Manager Without An Office: Denied Claim For Migraines

An Office Manager Without An Office: Denied Claim For Migraines

Celine is a 32 year old office manager that felt like she could handle anything the job could throw at her.  Like many workplaces, Celine’s employer had closed its offices in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and transitioned to a work from home environment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was understandable, but it completely upended her day-to-day routine, as well as the basic demands of the job and the workflow processes she had developed over the years. This took a toll on Celine’s health. While Celine had experienced migraines in the past, they...
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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...