Articles — Multiple Sclerosis(10)

Is Your Perception Accurate?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis The Eighth Year

Is Your Perception Accurate?

My younger sister has had Multiple Sclerosis for about three decades. Her health has declined so that she has been in a wheelchair for the past eleven years. In August she was airlifted to ICU because of a seizure that signaled progression of the illness. I took a week off to be at her side. On the first day that I was with her husband and son, I cried and said, "I feel so badly that I have had such a good life and she has had such a horrible life". The reply that I received as not what I...

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Dealing with Crisis

Dr. Linda Hancock Mental Health Multiple Sclerosis The Eighth Year

Dealing with Crisis

It was five in the morning and thankfully I had received lots of rest on the weekend. A message flashed on my computer screen and I learned that my sister had been airlifted to ICU in Regina. Within minutes my bags were packed, and I was on my way for the four-and-a-half-hour drive. One message and everything changed immediately. All the plans for the next few days lost their significance and I was into a totally new set of goals. The week before I had been part of a team of nine individuals who walked the streets of High River...

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Be the Communication Center for the Family

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis

Be the Communication Center for the Family

My sister used to be the most active individual. She loved to drive what we called her "stinkin Lincoln". She liked to dance and party and visit other people. She was the one who would keep the community laughing, celebrate a new babies birth and support those who were grieving. Well, over the years she has given up on most of those activities. Her Multiple Sclerosis has stolen mobility to the point where she spends month after month in her farmhouse, lying on the couch or sitting for brief periods of time in her wheelchair. The Liberation Treatment that she...

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Get the Help That You Need

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis

Get the Help That You Need

Sometimes when people are ill, they slide into a state of accepting things the way they are - even if they aren't working for them anymore. There are several things that those with Multiple Sclerosis patients can do that will improve their life: Renovations: Sometimes changing a doorway or removing a wall can provide an individual in a wheelchair a great deal of freedom that would otherwise not be experienced. Some of my clients have told me about how wonderful they have felt knowing that they can get into a shower or use toilet facilities once renovations were completed. Special...

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The New Liberation Treatment

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis

The New Liberation Treatment

My sister and her husband are in Mexico this week. On Monday she had the surgery that has been dubbed "Liberation Treatment". It was about 1984 when Deb had her first MRI and officially received the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. She had been struggling with symptoms for a number of years but no one seemed to be able to identify the source of the problems. Her balance and eyesight were both negatively affected. Deb went through so many tests and none of them led to identification of the source - until the MRI. Since then, her health has deteriorated and...

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How to Have a Good Day!

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis

How to Have a Good Day!

Today I was the guest speaker for the Multiple Sclerosis Lunch and Learn group. The ten guests and caregivers stated that they appreciated the following article which I gave them as a handout. A thought to ponder for each day of the month: 1. Plan to have a good day - mix decision and determination 2. Be kind to yourself - be your own best friend 3. Go outside in the morning - but not in the direct sunlight 4. Trust yourself - you know what works and what doesn't work for you better than anyone else 5. Schedule things...

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Do the Bureaucrats Really Understand Enough to Try to Help in a Helpful Way?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis The Fourth Year

Do the Bureaucrats Really Understand Enough to Try to Help in a Helpful Way?

Today I talked with my sister who was very upset. Debbie stated that the Canadian government had set up a new program for disabled in which savings by the person would be matched. The problem, however, was that the only financial institution that would set up the account was the Bank of Montreal (now known as BMO). Deb and her family live on a farm that is several miles south of a village in Saskatchewan that has only a Credit Union. Because she isn't mobile and hasn't left the house in over two years, she didn't know how she would...

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The Problem is That You Don't Have Control

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis The Fourth Year

The Problem is That You Don't Have Control

Over the years I have watched my sister fight Multiple Sclerosis.  There have been various stages and each brought its own set of challenges. Long before we had a diagnosis, Debbie struggled with unexplainable physical problems.  It began over two decades ago, when she experienced a problem with her vision.  The doctor thought this had been caused by the reflection of sunlight on the hood of the car while she was driving.  At unexpected times, a spot would interfere with her vision and she would have no control over this. A few years later, when their son arrived, Debbie was very worried...

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Where Should We Focus?

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis The Fourth Year

Where Should We Focus?

My sister has Multiple Sclerosis and over the years, I have been extremely sad to watch her health deteriorate. She has gone from walking, to a cane, to a wheelchair and now, to spending most hours of the day lying down. Until a few months ago, she could use the internet to communicate with others but now, she only has the energy to use her right hand in the early morning hours. Today, when I talked with Debbie, she told me how difficult it is for her to have limited choices regarding what she can do in a day. After...

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These Are the Heroes!

Dr. Linda Hancock Health and Fitness Multiple Sclerosis

These Are the Heroes!

I hate it when people are rude. I hate war and abuse and systems that don't work well. But today, most of all, I hate Multiple Sclerosis because it has attacked my sister. Debbie was a very lively, risk-taking child who adopted a carefree "do it my way" lifestyle. She lived every day as though it was her last - having fun, taking chances and stretching the boundaries. One day, as a young adult, Debbie went to the doctor because a bright spot was blocking her vision. She was told that her eye had been burned from the sun's reflection...

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