Dallas Cosgrove - Financial Support For Stage 4 Breast Cancer

I received a very emotional call from Dallas last week that could stand in for virtually all the calls our helpline receives. The person on the other line was terrified, devoid of options, desperate for assistance, yet somehow still positive and appreciative.

Dallas is a survivor. She is an incredibly positive single mother who is doing what she can to live life well while facing a tremendous challenge. Dallas is working tirelessly at a job that provides little in the way of finance or personal satisfaction. This also deprives her of time to take care of herself in a meaningful way.

Dallas has placed a request for financial support. This was a unique request for us that required a creative solution. Our solution was to  offer Dallas a position within our organization that doubles her rate of pay. This will allow her to cut work hours in half while performing tasks that fulfill her need personal desire to help others while giving her time to convalesce.

Read her story:         

I am a stage 4 breast cancer patient receiving treatment at NGH here in Nanaimo BC.

I am currently work 39 hours a week and I am exhausted. I have pursued options here in Nanaimo and haven't been able to find financial support needed so that i can reduce my work hours.

I became aware of your organization through my mother who lives in Nelson BC, she spoke with a fellow who works for you.

I have been living with this illness for almost 18 years, I have had 8 surgeries, three radiation treatments for my chest area, 5 tumors in my brain, and my right hip. I have been on 3 different chemotherapy treatments and am currently receiving two different chemo drugs for which i go every three weeks, i have currently had 40 rounds of treatment here in Nanaimo, I have also used many alternative treatments through Naturopathic Doctors, Chinese therapies and Homeopathic medicines.

So i am very tired as you can imagine and what I am asking for is financial support so that i can reduce my work hours. I am also a divorced single mother.

Over my many years of living with this illness I have received many gifts of knowledge and i see cancer as one of them, I don't relate to the "fight against cancer" or " the battle" narrative ideas, to me they are fear based thinking, I live in gratitude everyday, I live in the"present moment" and I know that living in this space of awareness,  instead of being a victim is what have kept me alive for so long.

I am currently writing a book about my journey and do this I need to reduced my work hours ( I am working in a job that does not support their staff and it is very draining for me both emotionally and physically) and so my request for financial support I know would change my life so that i can write and live my passion for sharing my message to inspire and assist others on their journey.

With warm regards from my heart to yours,

Dallas Cosgrove

Posted By Wellness Association09:51:00
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Checking In On John English & Jenna Howe - Concussion Treatment

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When the accident first happened a couple of years ago I was originally told to go to a physiotherapist and Worksafe covered it for a few months and then stopped. I had seen the physio for approximately 2 months about 2x a week with little or no change in my condition. I had been sent to other various doctors and specialists also with little to no change.  When I finally found Jenna and her therapy it was the first time that anything was helpful and provided me with hope that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. As a result of receiving treatments from Jenna I am now sleeping better (5-6 solid hours rather than constant waking all night), my eye and back pain level has decreased by about 30% and each session I feel gradually better and better. The exercises she has developed for my eyes are so good that the vision center where I am going once a week on a pro bono basis (McCrodan Vision Therapy) want Jenna to show them how to do her manual Neurokinetic eye stress release exercises so they can show their patients or refer them to Jenna.

- John English  

When I first met John he was an in an incredible amount of pain with not much a quality of life. He came to hear about my services through an online forum looking for help for his concussion. Individuals who come to me with the level of severity of pain that he has typically need a gradual approach to treatment and often respond slowly. He continues to respond very well to treatment with each week he reports less pain and increased quality of life. I'm confident that with consistent sessions we will see continued improvement in John's condition.

Posted By Wellness Association08:55:00
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Massage Treatment For Fibromyalgia - Victoria

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Hi Eric and everyone at NWA!  Thank you for the opportunity to apply for funding to help me get some much needed massage. Without support if would not be possible to afford massage as I would have to take the money directly from my food and nutritional supplements which are a lifeline for me.

I live with Fibromyalgia and Cronic Fatigue so my muscles are very tense all the time as if my finger is stuck in an electrical socket. Living with chronic pain, environmental, chemical and sensory sensitivies, is a daily challenge.  I was recently dealing with added stress which brought on Adrenal Exhaustion.  This caused a total lack of energy and brought about extensive muscle loss. 

I am hoping to get back to the gym but the days I am feeling up to it are few and far between.  I'm hoping the stress relief of massage will help me to relax and relieve some pain and tension so I can get back to the gym and get more regular moderate exercise which over time makes me feel much better, stronger and in control of my life.
Thank you Eric and all the contributors who make this funding possible!!  You're angels in my book!  : )

Posted By Wellness Association08:53:00
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The SPUD Nash Membership - Invest In Your Health & Help People In Your Community


Thank you taking the time to check out our SPUD Nash promotion. A few things about Wellness Association then I will offer you some meaningful savings from businesses in your area.

What is Wellness Association?
  • We help folks who living with serious medical concerns
  • Provide funding for private health care services  
  • Promote health conscious lifestyles to the public
We do this through a membership platform that offers two kinds of members:

Support Members  (generally healthy people):
  • Pay a fee to join - usually $50 per year
  • Receive discounts at health conscious retailers throughout western Canada
  • Dues pay for Wellness Members services  
Wellness Members (people living with a serious illness or extreme poverty):
  • Free to join 
  • Membership never expires
  • Receive discounts & funding for medical services
The folks we help have conditions such as:
  • Multiple Sclerosis                 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's
  • Alzheimer's
  • Brain Injury
  • Autism
  • Many more. We will do what we can to help any person. No one is turned away.
We offer services such as:
  • Natural Doctor 
  • Dentist
  • Yoga
  • Health Foods
  • Massage
  • Gym/Personal Trainer
  • You will find most health services in our network 
Our ultimate goal is to create a independent private health care service that any person can use. We can accomplish this if we get massive participation. You, and tens of thousands of others, have an important role to play. You must become a member and promise to save as much money as possible on everyday purchases.

Our goal is lofty. However if you check the links out you will see that we are well on our way!

Grace Malmberg - Mosaic Triplody
Chelsey Slusarenko - Meniere's
Steve Chipman - Spinal Injury
We recently added Steve Nash Fitness and SPUD Organic Food Delivery to our service. As a member you will receive:

  • $30 off minimum $60 order of local and organic foods 
  • 25% cash back or donation to Wellness Association when you purchase a weekly produce box  

  • Free access to any Steve Nash facility for the month of October
  • 50% off annual membership by purchasing a Wellness Association Fit Pass

You will also receive discounts at 179 affiliated business in western Canada.

We are making it easy for people to get involved. Sign up for a trail membership. It will last you until November 1,2017 and will only cost $10. When you are happy with the service you can sign up for a full year or pay by the month.

Invest in your health & help people in your community  Sign up today!

Thank you for your time and attention

Eric Halstom

Questions?? Call me! 1-855-263-7883 or Email info@wellnessassociation.org

If you are in need of medical services please sign up as a Wellness Member  Memberships are free and never expire. 


Posted By Wellness Association23:28:00
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Assistive Computer Technology - A Vehicle for Inclusion on the Information Highway

Ever stopped to notice how technological our world has become?  Everywhere you go people are using technology to share information and keep connected.  It is a part of everyday life, in everything we do.  It is a trend we all want and need to be a part of to truly be part of the community these days.  Technology is in most homes and businesses - one can easily walk down the street and observe many people using their cell phones and/or using PDAs.  The gentleman or woman next to you on the bus may be typing his or her resume on their laptop; we use the bank machine to do our banking, and we order movies and tickets online; and we might send messages and chat with our friends online. Technology is a booming industry and many jobs today are directly or indirectly related to the use of computers and other technologies.  Everyone is on the, so called “Information Highway”. 

Bow Valley IT Services is a company that started business in March 2016 and aims to ensure that people with disabilities have the same access and opportunity to be included on the “Information Highway” by ensuring people with disabilities have both the access to technology, and the skill set to utilize it. We want individuals with disabilities and their networks to be aware that there are solutions available to access technology, and help them to gain the necessary skills for employment and lifelong learning. 

Through the service that is provided, individuals with disabilities will have the opportunity to access and utilize existing information and communication technologies to better develop their skills and knowledge of computers and the Internet as a means of accessing and/or enhancing employment opportunities. The individuals will be supported to learn to use assistive technology and to build the networks and supports around them to ensure sustainability of their skills and learning. 

We have big hopes for this service and to work along with the Neurological Wellness Association that the impact while using assistive technology can have not only an impact on the individuals and their networks but also on the larger community!

Posted By Wellness Association13:00:00
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