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Facing The Painkillers: Daria’s Story

Facing The Painkillers: Daria’s Story

Everything had started innocently enough. Daria’s back was aching after a long shift at the hospital in Victoria, BC, so she took an over-the-counter painkiller to make sure she’d have enough strength to return to work the next day. The painkillers worked the first few times her back ached but it wasn’t long before the stress (and the pain) started to exceed the medication. The days at the hospital could be exhausting. As a nurse, Daria dealt with one crisis after another, often while navigating heightened emotional situations. Daria slowly escalated from over-the-counter...
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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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Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Applications for disability benefits with invisible illnesses are often held to higher levels of scrutiny. Addictions — alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc are considered invisible illnesses, and are often heavily scrutinized. Leonard, a 43-year-old web developer, learned this the hard way.  Leonard was walking home when he was involved in a car accident. Someone ran a red light and hit him as he was crossing the street. Thankfully, it was a small residential area, so the car wasn’t moving fast enough to cause any broken bone but Leonard suffered severe whiplash, a...
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How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

As the world adjusts to the new, albeit temporary normal of COVID-19, we are learning how to go about our daily lives while practicing safe self-isolation and adhering to proper social distancing standards. But what if you have a loved one with a disability that needs your help? There is no simple trick, but there are options that can help.  Grocery Delivery Services Major supermarkets have invaluable resources such as online grocery ordering either for pickup or delivery, depending on the location. Loblaws’ Instacart service, Longo’s Grocery Gateway, No...
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After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

Jacob, 33, had spent the better part of a year working the rigours of Toronto’s numerous hi-rise construction projects when one day he suddenly had excruciating back pain, too much to bear and an ambulance was called.  He had suffered from mild back pain for the last couple of years, yet it had never stopped him from working. At the emergency room Jacob was told that he had herniated several discs in his back and he also suffered from Degenerative Disc Disease.  Jacob made use of his short-term disability benefits in the hopes that some time off would...
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Long Term Disabilities & the Importance of Being Believed

Long Term Disabilities & the Importance of Being Believed

A long term disability claim usually represents the culmination of a much lengthier medical process. People can exhibit symptoms for months or even years before they become severe enough to force them away from work, and most will usually go through many doctor’s appointments and many rounds of testing in an effort to diagnose (and treat) the problem before they make it to that point.   That’s why it can be so devastating when a disability claim gets rejected. In most cases, those months and years of testing will be well documented. If an insurance company then...