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One-stop shop in Edmonton

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Kathryn Penner (l) learns to use her brand new CoughAssist™ device with her sister, Carol Preston.

In Edmonton, Alberta, a new clinic is transforming care with a simple idea: what if people living with neuromuscular disorders could receive care from a wide range of specialists in a single half-day, all under one roof?

Since November 2013, the Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic has been offering adults living with neuromuscular disorders exactly that opportunity. Housed in the 677,000 square foot Kaye Edmonton Clinic, the Multidisciplinary Neuromuscular Clinic provides one-stop shopping for its patients (and their families and caregivers), allowing them to see a number of specialists in a single visit.

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Eating healthy during the holidays

fruits-601742_640We know the holidays can be tough for those looking to keep their healthy eating habits up, so here are ten tips to help you stay on track during the season:

  1. If you’re traveling to a cottage or family members home make sure to pack healthy snacks for the drive or flight!
  2. Ask what will be served, so you can plan on holding out for the items you like.
  3. If your family serves buffet style or you are going to a buffet restaurant, using a smaller plate is a good way to make sure you don’t pile too much on at a time. (more…)
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How I See It: The Best Gifts In Life

IvanaHappy Holidays

I remember what December used to be for me. It was full of hot chocolate, icicles, one-piece snowsuits, and a very frozen face. I remember going to the ski hill first thing in the morning. Breathing in that cold air, feeling the soft fresh powder under my skis. I remember thinking this must be some kind of heaven on earth. The snow packed on the trees, the blue sky; I felt like I was in a painting. I can still see and feel it.

Can I ever put into words what it felt like for a child to wake up on a quiet morning, look out the window and see the first snowfall? If I had to use one word to describe it, it would be magical.

I know snow is a little different for me now. I look at it now and think, “How am I going to get around in that?”. The stresses of cold winds and falling snow that could bury you to your knees. However, the little girl in me still wants to jump in it and make snow angels.

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Top Five MDC Giving Ideas

giftIt’s the season of giving and the New Year is right around the corner! We know some of you made resolutions in January to give back throughout the year – and we also know that you might need a few last-minute ideas to help you end the year on the right foot.

  1. The Holiday Ornament is the perfect way to give back twice! Made in Canada by Seagull Pewter this is a collectable keepsake, and allows you to support the over 50,000 Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders. Get your mittens on them here (if they’re not already sold out): muscle.ca/ornaments (more…)
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Rich with talent

BD4_8525Richard Quan is now a consummate performer, playing the Blues with his band and the occasional special guest, gaining notoriety in the Vancouver music scene.

At 17 years of age Richard first began to play the guitar. Countless hours of playing the video game Guitar Hero prepared him to pick up the real instrument after a stop at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre to visit the Vancouver Adapted Music Society’s (VAMS) studio with is located in the Centre. “I saw some guitars in there. I decided to pick one up and strum all the strings, and before I knew it I fell in love with the guitar,” Richard recalls.

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