Archive for October, 2014

Endorse someonelikeme.ca for the WEGO Health Activist Awards!

Written by on October 28th, 2014 – No Comments

WEGOWe are pleased to announce that the Someone Like Me community has been nominated for the WEGO Health Activist awards this year!

WEGO Health Activist Awards celebrate leaders in online health communities, making a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers. This allows health activists to connect, raise awareness and be recognized for the difference they’ve made in other patients’ lives. Someone Like Me has been nominated for Best Team Performance – This award is for those teams who work better together. Whether it be a group that runs an online chat, a non-profit organization, or a caregiver and patient duo – this award is for a team that takes their activism to new heights because of the assistance from one another.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Please endorse Someone Like Me for the awards by visiting the Someone Like Me nominee page and clicking the endorse button. An endorsement is a way to give nominees a visual show of support. The three nominees in each award category with the highest number of endorsements will automatically become finalists. Please share this link in your network to help spread the word!

We appreciate your support and all of your ongoing participation in this community! Thank you!

 

 

Visiting the Neuro-Opthomologist

Written by on October 21st, 2014 – No Comments

eyeMany of us living with Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optic (NMO) are likely to experience optic neuritis at some point, making it necessary for us to see a neuro-opthomologist. I thought I would take this opportunity to share what happens during a neuro-opthomology appointment.

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. Most people with visual issues see an opthomologist on a yearly basis. Generally speaking, an opthomologist is an expert in medical and surgical eye problems and will perform standard tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and if needed, prescribe glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision.

Neuro-ophthalmology is the sub-specialty of both neurology and ophthalmology focusing on visual problems that are related to the nervous system, so those of us living with MS or NMO are usually referred to a neuro-opthomologist through our clinic when we develop optic neuritis. A neuro-opthomologist’s skill set is very specific and they have a number of specialized tests allowing them to recognize even subtle changes to the optic nerve so they are better able to diagnose optic neuritis and other neurological conditions that can affect vision.

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That constant employment question

Written by on October 14th, 2014 – 2 Comments

workSo I haven’t been blogging in awhile and I must apologize for that. I think partially because I have been slightly putting MS on the back burner. That’s not to say that I’m ignoring it, or not taking care of myself, it’s just that I’ve worked hard to be where I am, and now although I have daily symptoms I’m the best I’ve been for awhile and so am just putting less emphasis on the MS thing and more just trying to live my life. I hope that makes sense!

Well one of my perhaps biggest struggles I have living with MS is with juggling it and employment. As many of you may know I am trained as a teacher, but after 5 years teaching I was let go due to “low numbers”. So once again I was on the job hunt. I was offered a few interviews for fly-in reserve schools up in Northern Ontario, but I figured there was too much risk involved in that if I can’t easily see a doctor or get medication if I need it. I considered supplying but it makes me nervous to not have steady income or benefits for an indefinite period of time.

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My favorite SEASON IS HERE! What’s yours??

Written by on October 7th, 2014 – 7 Comments

DSC01602This topic is as simple as it suggests, what’s your favorite season? When does your body feel the best?

I LOVE FALL !!! Yes I love summer, but unless I’m laying by a pool with quick access to cool my body off – I prefer a temperature where my body doesn’t over heat.
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