Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Trip to Toronto!

Written by on February 2nd, 2016 –
Me in front of the Toronto sign from the 2016 PanAm & ParaPanAm Games.

Me in front of the Toronto sign from the 2016 PanAm & ParaPanAm Games.

On January 18th, I flew off to Toronto to serve my 2nd term as a Community Representative for the Canadian MS Society. This year, I was assigned to the Clinical and Population Health (CPH) Committee, which deals with research related to mental health/quality of life research in relation to MS patients. It was really encouraging to know that researchers and clinicians are invested in finding ways of treating the whole patient and helping to address the unique mental and emotional challenges MS patients face living with this life-altering disease. (more…)

My First MS Clinic!

Written by on March 11th, 2014 – 4 Comments

Hi Everyone!

You may notice the name change from ‘TheFloweryOne’!

A couple weeks ago I visited my first MS clinic!  I was referred by my GP during the ‘limbo – land’ stage to get a second opinion and to gather some general information for myself.  At first, I was really nervous; the thought of seeing another doctor really put me off, but in an effort to get ahead of my thoughts and to centre myself I consulted my resources, you guys!  I posted about my upcoming visit and asked for advice on what to expect.  As always, in a matter of hours, I had stories, comments and words of wisdom that not only settled my nerves but also made me look forward to it; I’m so grateful.

St Michael’s, located right smack dab in the middle of downtown Toronto is a beautiful (and very old) hospital.  Its MS Clinic is one of the largest of its kind in North America and is affiliated with our amazing MS Society.   While it mainly focuses on diagnosis and treatment of the disease, the clinic also participates in research and clinical trials; everyday they’re a step closer to a cure!  When I first got to the hospital I had some trouble navigating my way around, the dimly lit halls made it tricky but added nicely to the eerie-ness of the building’s history.  Located on the third floor of the Shuter Wing, the clinic itself was very welcoming and was packed floor to ceiling with pamphlets of information posters about symptom management and flyers with invites to local support groups.

As a very organized and punctual person, I checked in early.  Since it was my first visit, I wanted to get ahead of any paperwork they needed me to complete.  Fortunately, confirming the information they already had on file was all that was needed, so I took a seat and watched the Olympics.  As I sat in the waiting room, I was reminded of my journey over this past year.  In the corner sat a girl taking an IV of steroids and a few seats over a girl checking her eyesight using the posters on the wall; two things I did during my first flare-up.

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