Safe Effective Exercise for Strength and Conditioning

Last weekend I attended Canfitpro World Fitness Expo at the Metro Convention Centre.  Undoubtedly, this is one of my favourite activities to attend it’s all about physical fitness which I truly love.  Consequently, I wish to share some of the information I gathered that keeps me motivated and I trust you too will benefit. The…

Can You Control Your Anger

Anger is a normal, healthy emotion. No one is perfect; we all encounter anger in our lives and, dealing with anger is a normal part of life.  What’s challenging about anger is how we choose to deal with it.   If you choose to be negative and consistently get upset when things don’t go your…

Does Selfless Caregiving Make You Happier?

March 12, 2014 Lecia Bushak Displayed with permission from Medical Daily “When you’re old and frail, it’s nice to have your life-long partner standing by your side to take care of you. But is caregiving itself beneficial to the caregivers? A new study has found that particularly among older women caring for ill husbands, happiness…

Forgive and Stop Your Suffering

Are you holding onto anger against something or someone, sometimes including yourself?  Most emotional pain is caused by holding onto a deep grudge.  That emotional pain breeds physical illness and pain.  The longer that emotional pain is allowed to linger inside you, the more extreme the illnesses and physical pain tends to be. In an…

Tobago Vacation What to See What to Do

I recently visited Tobago for the very first time in attendance of a family wedding. I was pleasantly surprised with the beauty, the ambience, hospitality and charm of the citizens/residents and most importantly the beautiful white sand beaches and picturesque landscapes located on that tiny island.   I stayed with relatives and had the opportunity…

How to Stay Emotionally Healthy:

My recently published book ‘Caregiver Triumphant- How to overcome stress and thrive in your role as a caregiver addresses a number of areas on which we must pay attention in order to stay emotionally healthy. In my daily life I stick to some basic principles learned many decades ago. I keep my life simple and…

Dance for Relaxation Improve Your Health

With summer upon us we should all be looking for fun things to do with friends.  How about dancing? Have you danced lately?  Dance for relaxation improve your health. Caregivers work tirelessly and need time to relax and recharge their spirits.  Dance has powerful healing effects on the mind, body and emotions.  Dance movements provide…

Natural Healers Humour and Laughter

Caregivers are often first in the line of fire and endure a tremendous amount of stress.  We can use natural strategies to keep calm and collected.  Humour and laughter are two of the best and easiest ways to lkde-stress.  Neither of these actions cost anything and comes naturally with little effort.  It is much easier…

Mental Health and Family Caregivers

Recently, I attended a Caregiver Seminar for seniors caring for a loved one.  The common denominator was that we all felt caregivers are being run into the ground with responsibilities. Those of us that are caring for loved ones understand the demands and stresses placed on the caregiver on a daily basis. Care giving comes…

Familial Genetic Mutation Linked to Severe MS

MS News keeps us up to date on research findings in an effort to identify the root cause of MS and to eventually find a cure for this disease.   The following report was made available by MS News on June 9, 2016. A single genetic mutation in a gene called Nr1h3, can cause familial…

Is Multiple Sclerosis MS Hereditary

In families where multiple sclerosis is a factor it is normal to enquire about the possibility of the affected person passing on that disease to off springs through procreation. As the mother of four children whose spouse has MS, that concern has been plaguing me for 24 years.  Up until recently, no one knew for…

World MS Day May 25 2016

For some MS families life is emotionally draining, for others life is probably normal or as close to normal as can be.  Everyone handles this horrendous disease differently. No one wants to be inflicted with MS of any kind.  This disease brings enormous suffering to families that care for loved ones and as we celebrate…

Have You Ever Pondered the Meaning of Life

When someone we know and love dies it triggers emotional overwhelm.  There’s a feeling of sadness and pain, compassion, expressions of love and many emotions all mixed in together, they’re enough to knock you off your feet. Have you ever pondered the meaning of life?  Why are we really here?  What’s our purpose in this…

May Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Canadians Living with MS have Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support.  Living with a chronic disease is difficult at best .  In the case of multiple sclerosis Canadians living with MS are encouraged that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with representatives from the MS Society of Canada and members of the MS Community to mark MS Awareness Month,…

Sex & Intimacy – National MS Society

  The National MS Society provides an abundance of invaluable information that can benefit both the MS suffer and the spouse/partner.   One of the greatest areas of concern in MS families is definitely a lack of communication and I trust this educational webcast will provide an opportunity to learn and change. MS Learn Online…

What are Symptoms and Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Symptoms and causes Symptoms and signs  of rheumatoid arthritis might be: Your joints feel tender, warm, swollen Your Joints are stiff; they feel worse usually in the mornings and after inactivity You feel fatigued, have fever and you lose weight     Early rheumatoid arthritis tends to affect your smaller joints first, in particular, the…

How Many Calories are Burned Walking

I walked in support of the Annual Mandarin Walk to fund ongoing research for Multiple Sclerosis.  The walk  took place on Sunday May 1, 2016, throughout York Region, inclusive, Richmond Hill/Aurora/Thornhill; Markham; Woodbridge and Newmarket locations. We had inclement weather from beginning to end of the 5k walk, nonetheless, it did not dampen our spirits.…

Appreciate & Cherish Your Loved Ones

Life is quite fragile and no one knows what will happen from day to day.  For this reason we should always strive to appreciate and cherish our loved ones.  No matter what challenge presents having the support of family and friends helps to ease the pain and softens the impact. Knowing that your father is…

Highly Effective Treatment for Relapsing MS

This article was published in Multiple Sclerosis News Toady dated April 21, 2016. Can there be hope that somewhere in the near future this debilitating dis-ease will be cured? Mabthera (rituximab), a widely approved drug for treating lymphoma and/or rheumatoid arthritis, is highly effective in treating multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers reported in an observational study…