Read the Bissonette’s Story

Archive: January, 2016

Categories

Recent Posts

Tags

Archives

On the Job

tumblr_ndyvqwykza1tubinno1_1280Whether you are just starting your job search or you have been in the workforce for years, finding employment opportunities can be a challenge if you are living with a neuromuscular disorder.

Looking for your first job

It can be difficult to break into the labour force and gain work experience, especially for youth with neuromuscular disorders. So how do you find the right opportunity?

(more…)

Tags:
Posted on:
2 Comments »

“Big Ideas” Anyone Can Employ to Generate Success and Prosperity

The following is an excerpt from the post Four ‘Big Ideas’ Anyone Can Employ to Generate Success and Prosperity which can be found in it’s original form here

IMG_0322In October I was honoured to give a presentation to a group of families at “Camp He Ho Ha” in Alberta, the first of four I’ll be doing for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. And I’m not kidding when I say it was (and is) an honour to speak to these groups; anytime we surround ourselves with people whose hearts, minds and souls soar DESPITE their families being affected by an illness like MD it’s a true inspirational experience, and this group didn’t disappoint! I’m especially excited to know that there are still many future events ahead where I’ll have the opportunity to speak on behalf of this wonderful organization.

But with this honour came a challenge – what would I speak about? After all, the reason I was invited to speak on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy Canada was because one of their executives saw my TEDx Stanley Park talk and thought I’d be a good fit to speak to our tribe; so far so good.

But upon reflection, I questioned if my TEDx message of avoiding procrastination – complete with the “punch” of how my son lost his ability to walk due to MD – would have gravity with families who have experienced this exact same thing in their own lives – wouldn’t it be a little bit like telling them their own story? Of course it would; and with this realization, came my dilemma.

So what to talk about? What can I say that would perhaps offer some inspiration or ideas to people who experience the same challenges as we do, each and every day? And then it hit me…

(more…)

Tags:
Posted on:
No Comments »

How I See It: Moving Away

IvanaI first started showing signs of muscle weakness when I was fourteen years old. The first signs of it were having difficulty picking things up off the ground. I went to the doctor with my mom – it was a week or so before we were going to Europe for vacation – and the doctor said not to worry. When I came back, that’s when the tests started happening. I did multiple scans, x-rays, blood work -  you name it. So many test, but no answers.

I went through high school as best as I could. Every September when I would come back from summer holidays the stairs got harder and my walking became slower. I graduated high school with the name of muscular dystrophy in the back of my mind, but no confirmation of it yet. It wasn’t until about the age of twenty-one that the specialists told me about my diagnosis.

Eighteen years old was the first time I moved away from home. At this age I was still able to get around, slowly, but still manageable. I didn’t worry about anything when I moved the first time. I was just excited to be on my own, have no curfew, and experience this new independence. One thing I always craved was independence. Always.

(more…)

Tags:
Posted on:
1 Comment »

How to make cooking less of a chore

oMRKkMc4RSq7N91OZl0O_IMG_8309Good nutrition is paramount to maintaining health and muscle strength, but we all know how tempting it is to order fast food and take-out rather than buying the ingredients and taking the time too cook nutritious foods. And if you have a disability where you experience muscle weakness, or are easily fatigued, cooking for yourself can be even more daunting.  Sharon Chatenay, an occupational health therapist with Alberta Health Services, spoke at one of the Muscular Dystrophy Youth in Action conferences, and had some simple, practical ideas to share.

(more…)

Tags:
Posted on:
No Comments »
WP-Backgrounds by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann