What can you say about woman with M.S. who is recognized as a point of light by the British Prime Minister. In this interview with Trishna, listen to her story of advocacy, determination and sheer positivity.
Matt was enjoying a sunny day playing soccer. Then his head started swirling. Listen in to hear about a teenage diagnosis and the power of family when living with M.S.
Listen to Julies Story of being diagnosed in her teens. And her commitment to writing to inspire.
For Gina, being diagnosed with MS at 27 was almost like it never happened. Her symptoms became docile and she didn’t share her disease with friends or family.
It wasn’t until a few years had gone by that Gina decided to “come out” about what was going on with her body. Now with more support than ever, Gina has become an advocate for MS. She’s even written a novel, Stumble To Rise, which is set to release early next year and she speaks at different venues to share her story with others.
To hear more about Gina and her journey with MS click the link below.
When Kristy was in her third year of University, she started feeling more and more tired but such was the life of a student, right? When the fatigue persisted and her vision started to blur Kristy was diagnosed with MS after numerous tests.
Kristy was set back but determined to finish University. During her final year, for her final project, she submitted designs inspired by her MS symptoms. Her designs were so beautiful people across the UK started to take notice.
Kristy now runs Charcot, where she uses her MRI scans to create breathtaking designs from the lesions on her brain..
Check out her story by clicking the link below.
When Meisha was diagnosed with MS in April 2017, she had no idea that when she got her results back from the doctor’s that it would come up as MS. Unsure of what would happen or how she would now go forward living with MS.
Meisha took to different exercises to help with her MS symptoms. Taking part in different activities like seated yoga and different mind stimulating activities, Meisha tackles everyday with a positive attitude.
With the support of her family, newly diagnosed Meisha shares her new journey with us.
Click the link below to hear her story
This past year we’ve had so many amazing guests and a lot of them, believe it or not, become guests from writing in and telling us their stories. We hope you continue to reach out and share your story with us and the rest of the MS community.
When former police officer Jack wrote in after listening to a few episodes and reading our posts we invited him to share his story.
For single father Jack, his diagnosis came as a shock, like it does for so many of us, and he wasn’t sure how he would explain what was happening to him to his 6 year old son, Justin.
5 years later, Jack and Justin tackle day to day tasks as a team. Gathering strength and support from his loving son, Jack is living in his truth, one day at a time.
Click the link below to hear Jack’s story.
Resident neurologist, Dr. Beaber is back and this time we’re talking all about MS and mental health.
With high rates of suicide among people with MS, Dr, Beaber addresses the mental health issues that can plague many of us. He breaks down what it means or what it takes to be “happy” while giving us different tips and insights on how to deal with depression.
Often times it can feel like we’re alone and we’re the only ones dealing with things but sometimes when you reach out you just might find that you have more in common with someone than you may think and that sharing our stories with others can be a great healing mechanism.
And while happiness might seem unattainable in the moment, everything takes time including healing ourselves. If you ever need someone to talk to please reach out to your friends, families, doctors and if that’s not an option you can even find comfort in some of the wonderful online communities that have been built around MS support.
From your friends at Truth Be Told.
Over a year ago after meeting a young woman at a doctor’s office who had been recently diagnosed with MS and sharing my experiences with her, I decided to start a podcast for newly diagnosed MS patients.
I wanted this podcast to reflect how different people from all over the country, and the world, have been living in their truth while dealing with this disease. Since dropping the first episode Nov 2nd of last year, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to so many inspiring people.
I’ve gotten the chance to talk to authors, singers, marathon runners, distance swimmers, life coaches, bloggers and so many other amazing people doing downright amazing despite the cards that were dealt to them.
This past year has been an absolute roller coaster, exciting in every way. As I move on to a new chapter in my life, with this podcast at the helm, I sit back and reflect on what a great year I’ve had living in my truth.
We’ve turned the tables and this time I’m the guest!!! And I can’t wait for you to hear all about some of my favourite things that have happened over the year and to hear about some of the exciting avenues Truth Be Told has taken me.
Click the link below to hear my interview with Josette.
It’s been a little over a week since marijuana was legalized in Canada, a move Seattle made for medical cannabis over a decade ago. The use of cannabis can raise a lot of questions. With so many different oils, strains, edibles and potencies it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
For Meg, who was diagnosed in 2007 and living in Seattle, she’s had the chance to research a lot over the past ten years. Unsure at first, Meg finally stepped into a dispensary and had all her questions answered. Starting out with oils and a vape, she noticed a difference right away.
Uncomfortable at first, Meg now feels educated and aware enough of her body to try any form of cannabis whether it be edibles, oils or a joint to help ease her mind and body.
If you’re curious about using cannabis to help aide with your MS symptoms remember to consult with your doctor and always research as much as you can on your own.
Hear all about Meg’s experiences with cannabis by clicking the link below.
*This episode was taped with the original legalization date of July 1st, all the information in this episode is still relevant*
In honour of cannabis being legalized across Canada yesterday Oct.17th we sat down with Medical Director Jennifer Timothy from medical marijuana company Aphria, to give us the low down on pot.
Jennifer answers our questions about edibles, oils and the differences between medicinal marijuana versus recreational.
Many MS patients benefit from cannabis treatments but it is always recommended that you speak to your doctor if you think cannabis treatment is for you.
Click the link below to find out more about the products being offered by Aphria.
When Gina was diagnosed with MS in 2014, she was told that she had primary progressive MS. Even though Gina experienced various symptoms for years leading up to her diagnosis, it wasn’t until a chance doctor’s visit that she was sent immediately to see a neurologist.
4 years later, Gina is finding the humour in day to day tasks and sharing it all with the MS community on twitter. Her funny tweets and inspirational quotes manage to uplift everyday with a strong message of positivity.
Hear her story by clicking on the link below.
For U.S veteran Blake, facing adverse situations was nothing new. After doing 2 tours in Afghanistan and Korea, respectively, it wasn’t until Blake’s last tour in Iraq that the MS symptoms started to develop.
After returning to Canada, Blake went through the steps to find out what was afflicting his body. Diagnosed with MS, Blake was now faced with a new set of challenges in life, even more so when he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his MS diagnosis.
Through surgery and treatments, Blake beat the cancer. Turning his attention to the MS, Blake began getting stem cell transplants to help with his symptoms. Now almost a year later after the transplants, Blake is getting ready to run the PEI marathon on October 14th.
Hear Blake’s story and the initiatives he’s started to help other MS patients by clicking the link below.
On this week's episode, I got the chance to talk to Dr. Williams from the International MS management practice. The IMSMP is based out of New York and has been rated as one of the best research centers in North America.
Dr. Williams has spent the last 20+ years helping patients with MS. His center offers services that go beyond just the scope of neurology. Offering services like in depth visits that helps to shape treatment plans, physical assessments, setting goals for patients. The center even offers physical therapy, holistic services and naturopathic solutions.
At Dr. Williams center, they understand that every patient is different and offers resources that are personalized to that patient. The International MS management practice is a one stop center that is paving the way for the future treatment of MS.
To hear more about the center and all the services they offer click the link below. You can also get more information on the IMSMP website.
This week we got the chance to talk to Sherry, a wife and mother of 2, about what it’s like living with MS.
Sherry started feeling symptoms during her first pregnancy, and with prompting from her husband Sherry sought medical advice. To her dismay, Sherry was dismissed by the doctors and would wait another couple of years before being diagnosed with MS.
Through the balance of diet, exercise and with a little help from ‘Closing the Gap’, a provincial program that helps provide healthcare service, Sherry is living her truth with MS with a positive attitude.
To hear Sherry’s story click the link below and here to learn more about ‘Closing the Gap’
When Tevin was experiencing a head ache that lasted for more than a week, Tevin was brought to different doctors to find out what was happening. After months of tests and hospital visits, Tevin was finally diagnosed with MS at the young age of 11.
As a young boy, Tevin was understandably terrified and thought that he would be bound to a wheelchair by the time he turned 16. With the help and support of his family, Tevin has managed to live his life with MS with the minimal use of a wheelchair.
Now, 17 years later, Tevin is sharing his experiences. Finding inspiration in different ways like turning to friends and family, exercise, or indulging in his favourite anime, Tevin has managed to live his truth fearlessly.
Hear more of his story by clicking the link below
When she was 21, Dee was working retail when she started noticing her energy levels were dropping. She would finish her shifts extremely tired and she would even find herself with swollen feet some nights. After prompts from her family to go and see a doctor, Dee was finally diagnosed with MS.
To help her deal with her symptoms and living with MS, Dee turned to humour. She would look for the laughter in everyday situations. Learning to laugh at herself has been a great remedy for Dee, and she wanted to share that with the world.
Dee created The MS Funnies, a comic strip like anecdote of life's bloopers. Laughter is infectious and Dee hopes to infect us all with hers.
Hear her story by clicking the link below.
When Patty was diagnosed with MS at 47, it took her by complete surprise. Patty had never experienced any symptoms related to MS so when she was told the disease had spread everywhere from her brain to her spine she was blindsighted.
Within a couple of days, Patty’s sight started to go in one eye before she lost the use of her legs and arms. For the next two years Patty would experience frequent acute attacks that led neurologists to believe Patty would be in a wheelchair permanently for the rest of her life.
Unwilling to settle for a life bound to a chair, Patty began retraining her body despite not being able to use her legs. Partaking in any activity that would get her moving, Patty was eventually able to start physical therapy.
Now a self-proclaimed MS warrior, Patty is determined to live her best life while living in her truth with MS. You can hear her story by clicking the link below.
Diagnosed at 30, after years of having symptoms, Gaby was told that within the next 10 years she'd be in a wheelchair. Now 14 years later Gaby is still walking, with the help of a few modifications to her diet and regular exercise.
Gaby is now an MS ambassador who is using her platform not only to bring awareness to the disease, but also to start a new initiative called 'The Kindness Movement', which is a great way for people to come together and show the world just how far a little kindness can go.
You can hear her story and all about her great work by clicking the link below.
At 28 , Tanya was diagnosed with MS after seeing a bevy of doctors who couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. When she was diagnosed she was told that she'd be facing a life confined to a wheelchair by the time she turned 30.
Refusing to let MS dictate whether or not she'd be able to walk, Tanya turned to a change of diet in order to help ease her symptoms. Now 15 years later since being diagnosed, with the help of a plant based diet and exercise, Tanya is living her truth with MS without a wheelchair.
Despite recurring symptoms, Tanya starts everyday with a positive attitude and does what she can regardless of how she's feeling.
Hear Tanya's inspiring story by clicking the link below.