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ALS Disease Clinic: The Need for Respiratory Care

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Monitoring and supporting respiratory function is a critical aspect of ALS care. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), is a progressive nervous system (neurological) disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. As the disease progresses, most patients experience shortness of breath and respiratory insufficiency at night. Inability to clear secretions can lead to discomfort and increased susceptibility to lung infections. The addition of respiratory therapy, physical therapy, and respirology has been an essential part of this newly formed team. During clinic visits all patients receive respiratory testing which determines the nature and extent of breathing dysfunction. The last year has seen tremendous

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Meet the Lung Health Expert: Dr. Darryl Adamko

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Dr. Darryl Adamko is one of two Saskatchewan-based pediatric respirologists (children’s lung doctors) – with a special connection to The Lung Association. As a medical student, Dr. Adamko helped look after the children’s medical needs at our summer asthma camp. As a medical student, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp.  Tell us what camp was like for you. It was a great experience.  Great fun entertaining the kids and making sure they were safe at camp.  As a student, it was a bit stressful worrying about their health but it was a good learning experience for me seeing how the kids

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Dr. Veronica Marcoux, Asthma Camper → Lung Doctor

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As a child, you attended The Lung Association asthma camp.  Tell us what camp was like for you and your experience with asthma. I really enjoyed the time that I spent at the asthma camp! It was a great location right on Diefenbaker Lake, and swimming every day was the highlight, especially on windy days that made for some big waves. There were always a ton of activities planned, and the counsellors were also a blast to be around. When I first started attending I’m fairly sure my asthma was not well controlled, and it was nice to have a

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A man of his word: Smoke Free Grad 2000

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Curtis signed a contract in grade one, decades later, he has never broke his promise. There were a lot of exciting events happening in 1989. The Swift Current Broncos won the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon. The Riders won the Grey Cup that fall for the first time since 1966. My family was moving into a new house on the farm. It may have been these exciting events that forced The Lung Association’s Smoke Free Grad 2000 pledge to stick in my head. Maybe the exciting times made me think positively about my future. Based on statistics, I was unlikely to

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Eight Years Tobacco-Free and Counting. Honouring a loved one by honouring yourself!

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Kristie’s Breathe Story While I was in high school and in my early 20’s, I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. I ate anything I wanted, rarely exercised and smoked a half a pack a day for 15 years. Shortly after I turned 31, I was hit by a bomb—my mother was diagnosed with terminal lung and brain cancer. I was devastated beyond belief and it triggered a rollercoaster of emotions. For years, as I grieved the loss of my mom, I never made my health a priority. I spent countless hours searching for a way that I could honour my

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Quitting Smoking – We are here to help!

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Today marks the start of National Non-Smoking Week. This event was established in 1977 by The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control.  However, The Lung Association likes to think of everyday as a great day to quit smoking. It is in fact the best thing you can do for your health! The Certified Respiratory Educators at The Lung Association are always eager and happy to help anyone with their quit journey.  I am grateful to be part of this small but mighty Health Promotion team that empowers everyone to breathe easier.  I find that each person’s quit experience is different.  However,

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Lung Association of Saskatchewan Lifetime Achievement Award – 2016

Ms. Pat Smith (right), Chair of the Lung Association of Saskatchewan volunteer board, presents the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Darcy Marciniuk at the Respirology State of the Art Conference, Saskatoon,
May 28, 2016.

We are very pleased to announce that the Lung Association of Saskatchewan has conferred its highest award on Dr. Darcy Marciniuk of Saskatoon. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises 25 years of outstanding service by Dr. Marciniuk to improving respiratory health in Saskatchewan. Darcy Marciniuk was born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan. After receiving an MD from the University of Saskatchewan, he attended the University of Western Ontario for specialty training in Internal Medicine and he completed his sub-specialty Respirology training at the University of Manitoba. He returned to Saskatchewan in 1990 and joined the Respiratory Division where his career in

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Important Tax Changes for Planned Gifts

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Up until January 1, 2016 trusts created in your will, called testamentary trusts, had a distinct advantage as earnings in the trust were taxed at graduated rates. A graduated tax rate is how an individual’s income is taxed – lower rates at lower income levels with tax rates increasing as the level of income reaches higher thresholds. This advantage was so attractive, wills often contained instructions to create multiple testamentary trusts to reduce the tax load on their beneficiaries. For example: A Saskatchewan taxpayer paid a combined federal and provincial tax rate of 8.9% on taxable income of 20,000 in

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My Experience With Lung Cancer – Epilogue

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[See previous posts – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6] On March 17, 2016, 26 months after receiving her diagnosis of lung cancer, Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum passed away. The courage with which she struggled against lung cancer is evident from the six instalments of her blog. The Lung Association was truly blessed to have a friend such as Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum. From 1999 to 2006, Terry-Nan was the Medical Director of a project to develop a TB control program in Ecuador. The project was funded by CIDA through the Canadian Lung Association. During this time, Ecuador went from having the

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FOCUS. BREATHE. PLAY HARD. – A Learning Opportunity and Experience!

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We are 4th year nursing students from the University of Saskatchewan who began a community health rotation at The Lung Association in September.  From the first day we were welcomed with open arms and their inter-professional staff provided us with multiple learning opportunities. Our main project was the Focus. Breathe. Play Hard. Lung Health Challenge  which was done in partnership with The Saskatoon Blades and The Regina Pats.  We were busy and worked like Santa’s Little Elves for the past three months to complete our assignments. Our days at The Lung Association were filled with emails, drafting, editing, finalizing, organizing,

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