Episode Fifty One - Catching Up w Dr. Beaber

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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.

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Episode Fifty - A Year of Reflections

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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.

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Episode Forty Nine - Cannabis Care

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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.

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Episode Forty Eight - Cannabis Remedies

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*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.

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Episode Forty Seven - MS Tweets

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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.

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Episode Forty Six - Stem Cells

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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.

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Episode Forty Five - The International MS Management Practice

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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.

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Episode Forty Four - Accept the Changes

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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’

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Episode Forty Three - The Wonder Years

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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

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Episode Forty Two - The MS Funnies

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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.

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Episode Forty One - MS Warrior

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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.

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Episode Forty - Change Starts With You

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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.

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Episode Thirty Nine - Never the Less She Persisted

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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.

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Episode Thirty Eight - The MS Patient

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Growing up Dana was always athletic so when she started feeling tired all the time she didn't really think anything of it. It wasn't until she had her second child that Dana's friends insisted she go see a doctor about her fatigue.

After multiple doctor visits Dana hit a wall when she was told to stop seeking attention. Refusing to give up, Dana finally met a doctor who diagnosed her with MS. Dana had been living with the disease for years.

Taking matters into her own hands Dana tapped into her athletic roots and started documenting her progress on her twitter. She know posts regular videos and challenges her followers to become active.

You can hear her story by clicking the link below.

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Episode Thirty Seven - No One Cure

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Caroline was making her way back to the U.S. after vacationing in South America with some friends, when she found herself having her first acute attack.

Once back in the U.S. Caroline was diagnosed with Progressive Relapsing MS. Never having had symptoms before, or rather, having symptoms unbeknownst to her, Caroline was now experiencing some of the worst symptoms caused by MS.

Caroline researched everything she could about MS and tried different forms of treatment to aid in reducing her episodes. Armed with knowledge, drive and the will to keep searching for an answer, Caroline has found a treatment that works for her.

She now shares her story, advice and information about the disease on her website girlwithms.com. Through her experiences Caroline has become an award-winning blogger, a speaker and a patient expert.

Hear her story here by clicking the link below

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Episode Thirty Six - A Positive Strength

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Since dropping our first podcast back in September we've received tons of messages from different listeners across the world who want to share their stories about living with MS. 

After airing episode 29 "Living Proof", we got a call from a very enthusiastic listener who's been her own living proof since being diagnosed in 1979. When Sharon first got her diagnosis there wasn't a lot of research surrounding MS so Sharon took it upon herself to get as informed about the disease as she possibly could. 

Refusing to let the MS rule her, Sharon took matters into her own hands. After finding different articles about the effects of certain foods on MS symptoms, Sharon changed her diet, removed certain household items from her home and incorporated fitness into her daily routine.

Sharon has been living her truth for nearly 40 decades all while dancing to her own beat. You can hear her inspiring story and all about her journey with health and fitness by clicking the link below. 

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Episode Thirty Five - Dr. Brandon Beaber

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Our resident neurologist, Dr. Brandon Beaber, is back and he's answering all of our questions about MS.

After Dr. Beaber's last appearance I got a flood of questions on Twitter and one topic that came up a lot was urinary tract infections. So you asked and we listened! This week Dr. Beaber tells us all about UTIs...what causes them, how to prevent them and everything else you need to know about UTIs and MS.

He'll be back in the fall to talk about MS and mental health, so make sure to send me your questions either here or on Twitter.

Until then click the link below to hear  what Dr. Beaber has to say about things that may be going on south of the border.

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Episode Thirty Four - The Power of Music

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More often than not MS is diagnosed in young adults aged 15-40. For Sonya Bryson her diagnosis came later in life, despite having recurring symptoms for years. She’s now been living with MS since 2015 and has refused to let her diagnosis hold her back.

As the official national anthem singer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sonya now uses her voice to speak (or sing) for those who can’t. Through her music Sonya has managed to uplift, inspire and raise awareness about MS. Her foundation “The Sonya Bryson Voices of Hope” is an organization based in central Florida and works to improve the quality of life for people living with MS.

You can hear her story by clicking the link below

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Episode Thirty Three - Finding Your Voice

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I’ve been following a remarkable young man on twitter for quite some time now. Through his tweets Christobeth manages to continuously uplift and inspire the MS community. After Christobeth’s diagnosis in 2013 he started composing music as a way to express his feelings and emotion about the disease. You can find his music at Christobeth.com

Armed with his leopard cane Christobeth now greets his social media followers everyday with morning motivational quotes, funny anecdotes and general advice about navigating the rollercoaster named MS.

Hear more about Christobeth’s story and positive messages. He may even have a special message for me.

Click the link below to find out.

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Episode Thirty Two - Keep Going

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It was September 2nd, her sister's 30th birthday, when Sarah's life was thrown through a loop. After feeling weak, tired and light headed for months, her doctors told her she was experiencing vertigo but her parents kept pushing her to continue getting another opinion. Sarah had MS.

After doing tons of research Sarah started finding what worked best for her. Cutting out certain things like red meat or taking supplements has helped Sarah keep her symptoms down. 

For the past 9 years Sarah has been living her truth with MS on her own terms. 

Click the link below to hear her story ---->

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