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Max Domi: Hockey Pro and Diabetes Warrior
At just 24 years old, Max Domi will soon have spent more than half of his life fighting an autoimmune disease that has no cure — all while playing hockey in the NHL.
Eat and Live Healthier — Despite Type 2 Diabetes
This nutritionist helps Canadians with type 2 diabetes to rediscover the joy of eating — and healthy living — by taking the guesswork out of mealtimes.
FRED Is There for Type 1 Diabetic Kids and Their Families
FRED is the only foundation in Quebec that takes care of type 1 diabetic youths and their families, and they run the only summer camp for diabetic children.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring: The Fight for Coverage
Insulin administration and accurate blood sugar measurements are key for type 1 diabetics, however, some of the best tools are also among the most expensive.
How Certified Respiratory Educators Help You Breathe
Certified Respiratory Educators are specialized health professionals who help people manage their asthma and COPD — and avoid emergency hospital visits.
Joseph Neale: Lung Cancer Isn't Only a Smoker's Disease
Around 15% of lung cancer patients have never smoked — like Joseph Neale, the Toronto-based musician-turned-activist who spreads awareness with his music.
Megan Park's Secret Life Off-Screen
Read about Megan Park's experience living with rheumatoid arthritis and her advice for those diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
A Team-Based Approach is Key to Managing Diabetes
A team-based approach is key to managing diabetes, and pharmacists can play an integral role by training to help their patients navigate the disease.
Supporting a Strong Immune System
Be proactive with the number one pharmacist recommended natural cold remedy brand* COLD-FX® which helps reduce the frequency, severity and duration of cold and flu symptoms by Boosting the Immune System.
Dementia Care for the 21st Century
While medical advances in dementia treatment are being made, more resources should also be devoted to enhancing the quality of life for those who live with the disease.
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Better Community Support Services for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers
After a stroke left Sean R. with expressive aphasia and weakness on his right side, the After Stroke program helped ease his recovery journey.
The Toll of Childhood Cancer
Only 5% of research dollars in Canada go toward childhood cancer. Childhood Cancer Canada enhances and supports the lives of kids with cancer.
All SMA Patients Need New Treatment Access
The only spinal muscular atrophy treatment available isn't accessible to every patient — and as rare diseases become not-so-rare, it's time we take a look at Canadian policy.
Rachel Platten Opens Up About Loving Her Skin
We asked the Fight Song star how she’s kept her skin beautiful throughout the different stages of her pregnancy.
This Is Why Sick People Need Laughter
The story behind the podcast that's empowering patients everywhere.
Diabetes Hasn't Stopped Max Domi from Achieving His Dreams
Living with diabetes doesn't have to impact your life — take it from professional hockey player Max Domi.
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Sébastien Sasseville Empowers Canadians Living with Diabetes
Mediaplanet sat down with Canadian athlete, author, and motivational speaker, Sébastien Sasseville, to discuss how he empowers Canadians living with diabetes to take ownership of their health and find what makes them happy.
Hélène’s Story: Breathing Easy With Two New Lungs
Last month, Hélène celebrated her 24th birthday and, more importantly to her, her third ‘lung-iversary’.
Wrestling Legend Bret Hart Defeats Prostate Cancer, Thanks To Early Detection
It was the match of a lifetime: Bret “The Hitman” Hart versus prostate cancer.
Dr. Drew Encourages Men to Get Their PSA Tests
Men avoid doctors like we avoid asking for directions, but waiting until it goes away is not a good strategy. Learn first hand from Dr. Drew why he believes in early diagnosis.
Medical Cannabis Making a Difference in Seniors’ Care
Seniors, like Rose Durette, are improving their quality of life thanks to medical cannabis.
This Man is Opioid-Free Thanks to Medical Cannabis
For Dave Ardito, switching from opioids to medical cannabis was a life-changing decision.
Technology is the Future of Diabetes Management
Exercising when you have diabetes isn’t easy. New technologies are allowing individuals to keep better track of their blood sugar levels.
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Angel Giuffria’s Life as a Cyborg
Angel Giuffria's prosthetic arm has empowered her to advocate for advancements in medical technologies, supporting those with limb differences.
Q&A with Amy Van Dyken
Find out how six-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Amy Van Dyken didn’t let asthma get in the way of her swimming career.
March of Dimes Canada Steps up to Support Stroke Survivors
Stroke recovery services are focused on providing support “We’re focused on improving the stroke survivor’s quality of life, and preventing a secondary stroke”
Thriving with ADHD: The Sky’s the Limit
“I'm certain I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn’t received this diagnosis and would encourage everyone to reject the fallacy that there is a negative consequence to seeking help.”
Kevin Pearce’s Inspiring Journey After a Traumatic Brain Injury
There are positive ways and negative ways to deal with it. You need to prepare to deal with the fact that a traumatic brain injury brings lifelong change.
Why Aren't Children with Rare Diseases Getting Access to Treatment?
Parents with children with rare diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) are fighting for equal access to treatment.
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The Most Painful Condition You've Never Heard Of
Learn about what doctors have referred to as “the most painful condition you’ve ever heard of”.
Kathy Bates Talks About Her Toughest Role Yet
Oscar-winning actress and American Horror Story star, Kathy Bates, speaks up about her struggle with ovarian cancer.
How Telehomecare Helps Patients Manage Heart Failure
Living with heart failure means constant fear from a patient's perspective. With the right tools and monitoring, digital health provides peace of mind to patients across Ontario.
The Power of a Wish Leaves a Legacy for Other Children
Learn about how this teen’s love of basketball inspired Children’s Wish Foundation to start a legacy in his honour.
From Canes to Ice Skates: Gianfranco’s Journey
Learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, a six-week inpatient recovery and rehabilitation program, and how it can help your child achieve greater independence.
Reaching New Heights with Crohn’s Disease
Canadian Olympian Alyx Treasure talks Tokyo 2020 and the mental hurdles of Crohn's disease.
How This 20-Year-Old Is Challenging Society’s View of the Terminally Ill
Imagine living with a disease where every breath you take feels like drowning. Unfortunately, for many people suffering from cystic fibrosis, it’s a daily reality.
My Chronic Condition Trifecta
Award-winning author Robert Cutting discusses his three incurable autoimmune diseases and his journey to remission
Diabetes Management Depends on Modern Technology and Accuracy
New technology make it easier than ever to manage your diabetes and help you monitor your blood sugar levels.
and made possible with support from Ascensia Diabetes Care
Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Transforming the Lives of Canadians with Diabetes
March Of Dimes Canada Offers Essential Stroke Support
March of Dimes Canada improves the quality of life for stroke survivors and their loved ones by providing support, care, and education.
Save A Life And Become An Organ Donor
Over 4,500 Canadians are waiting for an organ transplant. You can save up to 8 peoples lives by becoming a donor.
The Hidden Warning Signs Of Brain Tumours
On average, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour everyday. Read this woman’s story of how she survived the unpredictable diagnosis.
NHL Star’s Recovery From Addiction An Inspiration To Others
Theo Fleury was ready to pull the trigger until something pulled him back to reality.
Providing Kids With IBD An Easier Life
Robbie’s Rainbow’s founder shares her journey, from her child diagnosed with IBD to creating a charity that assists IBD-affected families with aid.
Stanley Cup Champion Rich Peverley Says All Canadians Should Have Access To This Technology
Hockey champion, Rich Peverley, shares how a traumatic experience on the rink pushed him to educate Canadians about AEDs.
No Limits: Olympic Gold Medalist Charlie White Overcomes Asthma
Determined to not let asthma prevent him from achieving gold, Olympic figure skater Charlie White leapt and glided his way to victory.
Two Treatments To Undo A Lifetime Of Sun Damage
A Fraxel laser treatment patient shares her experience undergoing the process.
Could Canada Have Done More For Beckett?
Beckett was born without the ability to hear and at two years old, he’s spent his life unable to hear his mom’s voice due to improper screening at birth.
Innovative Therapy Dramatically Changing Patients’ Lives For The Better
Advancements in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are helping Canadians thrive. Amanda Calitri is among them.
Latest Oral Medication Allows MS Patients To Enjoy More Of What Life Offers
Treatment breakthrough improves quality of life for two Canadian women, Nicole Yarnold, and Tracy Seymour.
Finding The Right Therapy Combination For MS Patients
Rona McGugan is a beacon of positivity. Although she suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS), a lifelong disease that requires multiple types of treatment, she has a good quality of life and hope for the future due to finding the right combination of therapies.
Painful Periods May Be A Sign Of Endometriosis
There are effective treatments for endometriosis and the first step is to encourage conversation and help spread the word about an early diagnosis.
Inspirational Fitness Journey Proves There’s No Age Restriction To A Healthier You
It is never too early or too late to change bad habits and start good ones. No matter when you start, a healthy lifestyle can make a difference and it is important to feel your best at any age.
Building A Brain Tumour Registry Will Save Canadian Lives
There is a current lack of Canadian data on brain tumours and building a registry will help to save lives
Support And Monitoring Help Cardiac Patients Lead Active Lives
Take it from Milly: support and monitoring helps cardiac patients live full and active lives.
Max Domi On Living With Diabetes
The high-scoring star discusses his diabetes journey while maintaining his professional hockey career.
The 5 Hardest Things About Living With Diabetes
Michelle Auerbach, also known as The Pincushion Princess, discusses daily challenges of living with diabetes.
New Oral Treatment Against Multiple Sclerosis
A new medicine that has entered the Canadian market is helping to improve the quality of life of many multiple sclerosis patients.
Breakthrough Therapies For A Better Life With Multiple Sclerosis
A new treatment breakthrough in multiple sclerosis allows patients to return to normal life.
Les Nouveaux Traitements Pour Mieux Vivre Avec La Sclérose En Plaques
Une nouvelle avancée dans les traitements contre la sclérose en plaques permet aux patients de retrouver un rythme de vie normale.
Une Nouvelle Thérapie Orale Pour Contrer La Sclérose En Plaques
Un nouveau médicament arrivé sur le marché canadien permet d’améliorer la qualité de vie des personnes atteintes de sclérose en plaques.
Patient Centred Care Could Have Helped Avoid This One Tragic Death
In 2012 Greg Price, a fit 30-year-old pilot and engineer was the victim of a series of errors, due largely to systemic miscommunication.
Ironwoman: Conquering Cystic Fibrosis One Breath At A Time
11x IRONMAN champion Lisa Bentley opens up about her battle with cystic fibrosis.
CTV's Bryce Wylde’s Tips To Stave Off Colds And Flu
Getting through the winter without catching a cold or flu can sometimes seem impossible.
The Case for Community Immunity
Riley Olsheski is four years old and has been in and out of hospitals for much of his life. He was born with a heart condition called aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve that obstructs blood flow.
How Sickboy Podcast Host Jeremie Saunders Combats Cystic Fibrosis With Laughter
Sickboy podcast host, Jeremie Saunders, combats cystic fibrosis infection control policies with laugher.
The Importance Of Adult Vaccination
The debilitating pain of shingles, and why Canadians aren’t being immunized against it.
How Canadians Are Paying The Price For Incomplete Vaccine Funding
Understanding the impact of recommended, but unfunded vaccines.
Multiple Medications: Finding The Right Mix To Manage Osteoarthritis
What you need to know about managing multiple medications.
A Wish Come True: Brave Braydy’s Battle With Leukemia
Creating meaningful change to society can sometimes pose as a challenge, not knowing where to contribute your time or dollars, or knowing their impact.
Pharmacists Can Play A Key Role In Providing Patients With Heart Health Information
As part of an integrated health program, pharmacists and doctors go hand in hand to optimize treatment for patients dealing with cardiovascular issues.
Atrial Fibrillation Of The Heart: The Value Of Options
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition affecting roughly three percent of all North Americans.
Hep C Patient Encourages Canadians To Get Tested
It took 23 years for Sharon Rider to discover that she had hepatitis C, and the diagnosis changed her life.
How This Canadian Baby Is Lighting A New Road In Fertility Treatments
Every birth is a miracle, but some miracles come harder fought than others.
Advances In Assisted Reproductive Technology Helps Couple Start A Family
A Real Pain: Shingles And How You Can Avoid It
When Elaine Gareau, 66, first felt pain in her upper left side she figured it was just her arthritis acting up, but after a few days, she knew something was wrong.
Improved Outlook For Patients With Multiple Sclerosis
For those with multiple sclerosis (MS), hopes to feel well again and to live a full life have been reignited by the introduction of new therapies designed to control the disease.
Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding Its Impact On The Lives Of Patients And Caregivers
It’s no secret that multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a devastating disease for the estimated 100,000 Canadians living with it — not to mention for their families and friends who must offer much-needed support.
Multi-disciplinary Treatment Helps Women Manage Pelvic Pain, Limit Damage To Personal Lives
Married with a preschooler, Claire is university educated and has a good job.
B.C. Kidney Patient Completes Cross-country Ride To Raise Awareness Of Treatment Options
Dale Calibaba, with the help of incredible technology, has taken his life back and is inspiring others to follow.
Living With Lupus: Two Women Share Their Personal Journeys
There’s no cure for lupus. Instead patients need to manage the disease and adopt a variety of coping skills.
The 4 Ways To Manage Your Relationships During Your Fight Against Cancer
Being diagnosed with lymphoma cancer caused a big shift in my life.
A Wish Come True: Creating Hope For Kids With Life-threatening Illnesses
Isabelle Platnar is nine years old and has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of her heart.
10 Lessons I've Learned To Approach Life More Gracefully
Last year when I was diagnosed with cancer, I saw it as an opportunity to do everything “right” and discover answers to some of life’s more difficult questions.
My Name Is Micah Pleasant, I Am 24 Years Old. I Am A Blood Cancer Survivor
Here is my story on how I have turned one of what looked as one of life’s harshest setbacks into the open doors of my inspiring success.
Myeloma Canada Research Network: A Unique Innovation By A Patient Organization
You may not have heard of multiple myeloma. It’s a blood cancer. A devastating and stubborn disease that although increasingly treatable, still remains incurable.
A Blood Cancer Survivor Advocates For Gentler Treatment Options
Brampton, Ontario native Nicholas Gorys is in many ways a pretty ordinary 11-year-old. He likes to hang out with friends and play video games. And, like many 11-year-old boys, he’s a ball of energy.
A National Framework For Sickle Cell Disease Is Crucial
An estimated 5000 Canadians are living with sickle cell disease, and although the incidence varies among provinces, up to 1 in every 2500 babies will be born with it.
Canadian Hockey Legend, Paul Henderson Inspires Millions Through His Battle With Leukemia
“Henderson has scored for Canada!” Television broadcaster Foster Hewitt’s call in the final seconds of the 1972 Summit Series still gives millions of hockey fans goosebumps.
Max Domi Inspires Youth With Diabetes To Own Their Disease
Zackary Corte and his mother Cathy sat down with Mediaplanet to talk about his hockey idols, and how they inspired him toward elite play while living with diabetes.
A Patient Q&A: Life After Gynecomastia
Mediaplanet sat down with Jay Roberts, a teen who experienced the burden of having gyncomastia and how life changed for the better after a transformative surgery.
In The Blink Of An Eye: My Story Of Losing My Sight (And The Technology That Gave It Back)
People often talk about life-changing moments happening “in the blink of an eye,” although that phrase is usually just a metaphor. I think my story is unique because my life really did change in the blink of an eye, when I lost my sight.
A Perspective On Blindness
Mediaplanet spoke to Chelsea Mohler, a visually impaired woman from Toronto, about her every day experiences and breaking into the workforce.
Gael Hannan: Pushing For Increased Awareness With A Great Sense Of Humour
Gael Hannan changes our perceptions of hearing loss.
The Patient Journey
Question: Do you keep putting off a visit with your doctor because you’re afraid of what you might find out? Answer: Stop worrying! Learn about the journey from the first visit to the fitting of your new hearing aid.
Maintaining Independence After Vision Loss
As active senior, Katherine MacDonald enjoys nothing better that spending a relaxing Saturday at her Toronto apartment snuggling with her favorite companion, her mini Maltese rescue dog.
Experiencing Hearing Loss: The Patient Journey
Aside from the physical reality, hearing loss takes a significant psycho-emotional toll.
The Patient Experience
Canadians continue to require management and treatment regimens to better manage the symptoms of major illnesses.
An Unwelcome Surprise: Patients Share Their Stories
For many, chicken pox is an illness that comes and goes with childhood, but for a growing number of Canadians, like Sue Rosenthal, this disease can resurface without warning as a painful rash called shingles.
Living With Allergies: The Teen Scoop
Living with allergies can be hard. Read how four teens cope with theirs and still maintain a great social life.
Robots: Not Just The Stuff Of Science Fiction
Question: How have advancements in aerospace technology influenced the medical profession? Answer: New technologies similar to the Canadarm have spurred robotic surgery options.
Minimally Invasive With Mega Results
Question: How can patients undergoing surgery reduce healing times? Answer: By seeking out minimally invasive surgery options with their doctors.
Genetic Mapping: Finding Answers Within Our DNA
How has science really helped us identify whether or not we have or will develop life-altering conditions? The discovery of genetic mapping has opened up a whole new world of possibilities with regards to identification, diag-nosis, and treatment.
How Is Canada Leading The Shift To Individualized Healthcare?
Sir William Osler, considered the father of modern medicine, observedi n regards to patient care that: “Variability is the law of life and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike and no individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.
Diagnosed With A Rare Leukemia: The Patient’s Perspective
A diagnosis of leukemia can be as difficult to deal with emotionally as it is physically. It is critical for patients to have access to support groups and the right resources.
Focusing On The Future
Some may say that Courtney Druce had been dealt a very unlucky hand when it comes to health. Diagnosed with cancer four times by the age of 25, here is her story of survival, inspiration, and a message to us all that a diagnosis affects your mindset only as much as you let it.
Running For The Cause: One Man’s Fight Against Myeloma
Nelson Wiebe is taking on multiple myeloma. With the help of Myeloma Canada, he has embarked on a national campaign called Making Miles Matter for Myeloma, which aims to raise funds for myeloma research.
Organ Donation: A New Lease On Life
‘Life-changing,’ ‘miraculous,’ ‘a gift of life’ — all common terms used by organ donor recipients.
Making An Informed Choice: Education Central In Transplant Decisions
In theory, organ transplants aren’t particularly difficult things to understand.
From Ontario To Spain And Back: Learning From The Spanish Model
Ontario has made dramatic progress in organ and tissue donation.
Redefining The Odds
Actress Lisa Ray shares her experience with multiple myeloma and how the disease inspired her to seek out new treatments.
Dreaming Big With Diabetes: Sébastien Sasseville’s Incredible 7500km Run Across Canada
Athlete Sébastien Sasseville shares how a diabetes diagnosis transformed his life, made him stronger, and motivated his incredible coast-to-coast run across Canada.
Canadian Actress Megan Park Opens Up About Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Megan Park, star on
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
, is not keeping her rheumatoid arthritis a secret.
Jane Fonda: Advice From The Icon Herself
Award-winning actress, writer, political activist and fitness guru — Jane Fonda has accomplished much over her 77 years.
William Shatner: The Key To Staying Young
Reinventing yourself after 50 doesn’t have to be scary.
Canadian Actress Megan Park Talks About Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Canadian actress Megan Park talks about her experience living with rheumatoid arthritis and offers advice to those newly diagnosed.
Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Learn how basketball legend Kareen Abdul-Jabbar lives with leukemia.
Le diabète n'a pas empêché Max Domi de réaliser ses rêves
Vivre avec le diabète ne doit pas nécessairement avoir un impact sur votre vie - prenez-le de la part du joueur de hockey professionnel Max Domi.
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Lisa Thompson on the Secret Ingredient in Aiding Her Climb up Savage Mountain
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