Harnessing Vaping as a Coping Mechanism for Individuals with Disabilities

Living with a disability can present daily challenges that vary widely depending on the nature and severity of the disability. Whether you’re dealing with a physical restriction, chronic pain, or a mental health condition, finding effective ways to cope is crucial.
One avenue some individuals with disabilities are exploring is vaping, specifically vaping CBD or nicotine, due to its perceived stress-reducing properties and potential to alleviate certain symptoms associated with various disabilities.
How Vaping Helps Persons with Disabilities
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Learning from Experience: What I Wish I Knew

As an amputee, you have to go through some immense and drastic changes that are difficult to comprehend. You likely have countless questions, and each person you consult probably offers a different response.
Personally, even after 20 years as an amputee, I still haven’t uncovered all the answers. Nevertheless, here are a few insights I wish I knew during my journey:
Support from Other Amputees is Very Lifting
This is precisely why I established this website. During my upbringing, I experienced a sense of isolation as an amputee.
While I had a wonderful support network of friends and family, none of them …

The Struggles of Claiming Insurance

In the healthcare field, where regulations vary across regions, a multitude of stakeholders are competing for the attention of health and insurance policymakers.
Among these are orthotists and prosthetists who must actively validate claims submitted for their patients’ treatments.
In the domain of orthotics and prosthetics, certified orthotists (CO(c)) and certified prosthetists (CP(c)) are dedicating more time to tackle challenges posed by the claims process in both public and private healthcare insurance.
It’s essential for payer policies to stay current with advancements to guarantee that patients can …

3 Habits to Break When Facing Challenges

Lately, my schedule has been stretched thin, and there have been moments when I’ve sensed an overwhelming amount of stress.
To be honest, there have also been numerous moments of joy and gratitude, and I do recognize how fortunate I am to be able to engage in so many activities. Nonetheless, life has carried a weight of pressure lately, and despite achieving small victories, there have been stretches of time when I’ve felt utterly exhausted and demoralized.
If you’re facing challenges either in your personal or professional life and experiencing a sense of depletion, you might find value in the following …

The Idea Behind UNYQ

Operating from its production hub in Spain and boasting its own printing facility, UNYQ stands as a world-renowned company with global reach.
The enterprise specializes in crafting tailor-made prosthetic covers for both upper and lower-limb amputees, creating customized products on a large scale.
The remarkable aspect of UNYQ’s offerings lies in their dual nature – each product strikes a harmonious balance between aesthetic appeal and practical functionality. The company’s core mission revolves around facilitating healing while celebrating individuality, effectively addressing the realm of body image.

Modern Solutions for Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb pain (PLP) remains a complex and inadequately defined phenomenon experienced by most amputees, causing severe pain in the absent part of their body.
Similar to other chronic pain conditions, PLP can debilitate individuals when it emerges. However, promising avenues are emerging in the field of technology and medicine for managing PLP, offering hope for a brighter future.
Alongside conventional medical and holistic approaches, researchers are diligently working to comprehend and address this enigmatic issue, contributing to a better understanding of the phenomenon.
At the Atlantic Clinic, a team is …

Exploring Medical Cannabis for Pain Management

Amputees are increasingly exploring the potential benefits of medical cannabis for effective pain management with minimal side effects.
As the Canadian cannabis industry flourishes and public opinion in North America evolves, medical cannabis has emerged as a natural alternative for pain relief. However, the claims of its benefits often surpass the scientific evidence, leading to ongoing debates and confusion regarding its role as a prescription alternative.
Cannabis is available in three main varieties: Sativa (known for energetic and euphoric effects), Ruderalis (non-psychedelic, hunger-stimulating, and anti-nausea effects…

Fostering Self-Esteem: Mary Anne Jackson’s Influence

At 56 years old, Mary Anne, a content and happily married mother of three grown children, approaches her missing limb with a straightforward attitude. However, her journey to this mindset was not always so clear-cut.
Born as a congenital amputee, Mary Anne’s formative years were spent in Toronto during the 1960s and 1970s, a period when the concept of inclusion wasn’t prevalent.
Similar to many individuals with amputations, Mary Anne’s childhood was marked by the use of various artificial limbs.
At the age of ten, she was fitted with a body-powered upper-extremity prosthesis equipped with a figure-8 …

Jason Lucci’s Reflection: Family, Fortitude, and Gratitude

Jason Lucci considers himself fortunate, not in the sense that his hand wasn’t fully taken by the pasta-making machine that caused his amputation, but for the blessings that accompanied his recovery – family support, his resilience, and the community he’s built to aid fellow amputees on their journeys.
Amid the trials, his journey has been a blend of personal growth and helping others facing similar challenges, creating a cycle of support and strength.
In 2017, an accident at work led to the loss of Lucci’s right hand. Remarkably, he sees a form of fortune even in that unfortunate incident. While operating…

Inside Darda Sales: All About the Bounce

Upon stepping into the competitive swimming realm, Darda Sales discovered her lane, but she didn’t confine herself to just that one path.
Unafraid of setbacks, she perceives life as a continuous learning journey. Navigating the intricacies of motherhood as an above-knee amputee, she extended her roles to encompass researcher, coach, classifier, and advocate for athletes with disabilities, particularly within the realm of swimming, through her involvement with Swim Ontario.
In life, challenges and difficult times are universal occurrences, regardless of whether one has a disability.
Darda’s philosophy …