Showing posts from May, 2018


With June being Stroke awareness month.  let's go through  some facts  that will help  us change our lifestyle in order to prevent the incidence of stroke. I say we,  because  high blood pressure runs in my family leaving me with no option but to monitor this factor closely. Undiagnosed high blood pressure or high blood pressure that is not monitored appropriately can be your risk for having a stroke.  It is estimated that 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke and six million Canadian adults, or one in five, have high blood pressure as cited by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced. This deprives your brain of oxygen and nutrients, which can cause your brain cells to die. A stroke may be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). Some people may experience only a temporary disruption of blood flow to th…

"The Disease of a 1000 Faces” May Is Lupus Awareness Month

Original post-Jan 13-2014 

Hello all let's welcome  May with some knowledge. Last year I was asked to write about Lupus. The request came from a friend in Jamaica. Lupus has  become a disease that is affecting  individuals in our  own community more often than you know.  May is  Lupus awareness Month and like all illnesses, I will continue to share information and encourage awareness and support for those living with Lupus and other health issues. 

No one knows for sure what is the cause of lupus, but  What we do know is that, in lupus, the immune system (the body’s defense against viruses and bacteria) is unable to tell the difference between intruders and the body’s own tissues. Trying to do its job, it attacks parts of the body, causing inflammation and creating the symptoms of lupus.Until science fully understands how the immune system works, the specific cause of lupus remains unknown. As your advocate is is very important for you to understand the necessity surrounding explai…


Hey, it's your girl JA Nursing here,  On the search for more information to share with you I came across an article from the Vancouver Sun, Well, of course, I knew that we have been behind the times on advocacy. This article confirms this. As your Health Care advocate my goal has been to continue to give readers the information needed to make informed decisions about there health.  My  first in counter with the why's of our health care system occurred in 2002 when I lost my Sister to Cancer, she was only 36 with 6 children,  In 2002 I graduated and started my career as a Nurse.  Her death evoked so many questions in my mind that I continued my career on a serious search for answers. Now here we are in  2016, I  am the founder of an organization that focuses on Health Care Advocacy.  My continuous concerns for the health care  outcomes of individuals has increased especially  for individuals that have what we would call Social determinants of health. This concern  caused  me to…


Hi It's your Girl JA Nursing here,  Hope all is well?   In past weeks, I have had several questions about  Medical Marijuana.  I have always been an advocate for Medical Marijuana not because I smoke it  but, because I have been able to see the  benefits it has had for many.   Do I smoke  weed, The answer is NO but if  I had a condition that I could substitute narcotics for medical marijuana  then I guess I would be a User.  I  have also  discussed this topic  on  CHRY 105.5fm The Wizology show because I know that for most people getting access to medical Marijuana can be difficult. The new or updated policies reflect concerns that have been expressed by some in the medical community including the absence of scientific evidence on the benefits of medical marijuana, and the challenging role being given to physicians and other healthcare providers when a patient requests access to medical marijuana. As your health care  Advocate,  I am  here  to assist you get the right care and…