After struggling for years with chronic health problems and mobility issues, Tammy Button of Saint John is once again enjoying the sewing and knitting that helps her relax and appreciate the simple pleasures of life. Tammy, 57, is a single mom living on social assistance. A series of car accidents, compounded with long-standing health conditions including a rare form of cystic fibrosis, left her unable to work and vulnerable to the pitfalls of poverty. “It’s a struggle,” she says, … [Read more...] about Tammy’s Story: Rediscovering life’s simple pleasures through sewing and knitting
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After years of helping others as a home care worker, 68-year-old Mary Atkinson is finding she needs a bit of help herself. Mary, a resident of Moncton, has serious knee and back problems that cannot be fixed through surgery. The pain and weakness have compromised her mobility and she was finding it increasingly difficult to get around and manage the daily chores of life. “I could hear my knees grinding,” she says with a laugh. “I was going to reach for the WD-40 to see if that would … [Read more...] about Mary’s story: ‘Help is there when when you need it’
Twelve-year-old Thomas LeBlanc has a zest for life, and loves having fun – especially on his bike. His developmental disability he has had since birth may have slowed him down but it has never brought him down, his mother, Janny LeBlanc, says from the family home in Shemogue in southeastern New Brunswick. Thomas is happy, has a great sense of humour and almost always has a bright smile on his face. At school, he gets a helping hand from physiotherapist Josee Daigle, who steadies and … [Read more...] about Thomas’s story: The freedom to roam – and have fun