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Just Too Tired – Life with MS

Just Too Tired – Life with MS

Mila had a full and busy life. As a working mother of a teenager and an 8-year-old, she had a lot to manage. In her early forties, Mila was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). She knew that living with this disease would be a struggle, but she was determined to maintain the lifestyle she had built for herself. She was up for a promotion at work, and didn’t want to slow down and get left behind. Her daughters had busy lives, and she managed their schedules, ensuring that they had transportation to all of their extracurriculars, completed their homework, and ate well....
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Multiple Sclerosis and Diet: What Should MS Patients Eat?

Multiple Sclerosis and Diet: What Should MS Patients Eat?

There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis and current treatment options can only slow the progression of the disease. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make those treatment options more effective, and maintaining good overall health is one of the best ways to make MS more manageable. That’s why diet is so important for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Eating the right foods will not eliminate symptoms, but living a healthy lifestyle will make the body better equipped to handle the rigours of the disease. That can lessen the severity of symptoms, reduce the...
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Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

Multiple Sclerosis and Pregnancy

Sheri was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when she was 28 years old. Having recently gotten married, moved homes, and started a new job, she was already overwhelmed with changes. Her diagnosis came as a shock, and she knew that her decisions about the future would be influenced by this news. Sheri and her husband had been discussing starting a family. Within a few months, they were going to start trying to get pregnant. Sheri was concerned. Would her MS make it difficult to conceive? Would her pregnancy face complications? What were the risks? She did not have the...
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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...
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The Road to Healing: Taylor’s Story

The Road to Healing: Taylor’s Story

Many of us tend to associate severe back pain with strenuous movement such as intensive physical exertion and heavy lifting. What many don’t realize is that too much inactivity can have as much, if not more of a negative impact on the back than over activity. Taylor learned this the hard way. When Taylor approached us, he was 47 years old and had been a truck driver all his life. Skilled at his work, he took pride in being a reliable employee. For just under 20 years he had done his job well, and it had been rewarding. However, his work was also taking a hard physical and...
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How Desk Work Can Take A Toll On Your Physical & Mental Health

How Desk Work Can Take A Toll On Your Physical & Mental Health

Carl graduated from college five years ago, and felt fortunate to quickly secure a job in his field – human resources. He found his career path compelling, was friendly with all of his co-workers, and felt satisfied with his work life balance. Carl had always considered himself to be a fairly even tempered person. He was rarely overly enthused, but rarely felt anger or frustration. Overall, he was content. In his fourth year at his job, he started to experience minor back strain while sitting at his desk. To combat it, he started taking more frequent breaks and...
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Long-Term Disability Claim Denied for an Architect With a Concussion

Long-Term Disability Claim Denied for an Architect With a Concussion

Some architects prefer the office, but Sarah had always enjoyed going to construction sites. She loved watching them break ground on a building she designed. It made her feel like little kid playing in the sandbox and it was thrilling to see her visions become reality. That’s why she usually volunteered whenever the firm needed someone to inspect a site. Her more bookish colleagues never wanted the job, but she was happy to get away from the desk for a bit of fresh air. Sarah never really worried about safety. Her firm’s projects met every structural regulation and she...