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Disease Management

One of every ten Canadians (4 million people) is living with some form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most of us have no idea. To mark Kidney Health Month, the Kidney Foundation of Canada has released some startling information about kidney disease, its causes, its effects and how to prevent it in the first place.


After cancer, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. It accounts for 29% of all deaths (more than 33,000 every year), and nine out of every ten Canadians have at least one major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Those statistics make you stop and think.


For those of us who have never experienced a cancer diagnosis, the only thing we can imagine that might exceed the dread of the words “you have cancer” is the sheer joy of joining the group that proudly call themselves cancer survivors. And certainly, given the extreme feelings, real and imagined, that are associated with having cancer, being told that you’ve beaten cancer can feel like you’ve beaten death itself.


We all know that even a bad cold makes life significantly harder: The smallest problems loom large and we feel awful. Poor sleep can leave us feeling more troubled and anxious than usual.

When severe illness strikes, this whole-life impact is magnified. It’s no surprise, then, that Canadians who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), people like Heather, need help managing their complex medical treatments.


Although multiple sclerosis (MS) is generally a rare condition, Canada has one of the highest rates of MS in the world: an estimated one in 340 Canadians live with the disease.



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