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Shannon Ford-Smith  Cycling Enthusiast | body positive | omnivore | neuromuscular disorder | 🇨🇦 📩 shannonfordsmith@gmail.com

After two years of fighting for help with a body that’s been failing me, I have finally been accepted into the Neuromuscular Disease Unit at VGH. Not only was I accepted, but they’ve agreed my case is serious and I should have been taken in two years ago when I first started complaining that I was losing feeling and function of my legs etc. I have been fast tracked and will start testing tomorrow. .
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Back in beautiful Vancouver city today for work. I’m excited to be back to doing what I love. Do you have a dream job? If so; what is it? If not what would you rather be doing? Comment below ⤵️ .
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Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Was nice to celebrate another spin around the sun with some friends in Vancouver while making them wear paper cone hats. Everyone looks super impressed with the flash 😂. .
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It’s pretty awesome when you find the people in your life who understand where you are at. I went on a mild hike yesterday and was so happy to be able to get outdoors, without the worry of those around me getting frustrated with how slow and unsteady I am right now. I had @billbeaubien in front to provide comedic relief, and @tissue_regeneration right behind me the whole time to literally catch me if I trip or fall. My balance and coordination are currently impaired which makes these sort of outings impossible on my own. For someone who never used to smile, I think the look on my face says it all as to how much of an impact this has on a person. .
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I am completely blown away by the kind messages I received from around the world earlier this week. This type of support is tremendously helpful when dealing with the shittier side of life and it’s serious health issues. For the first time in my life I can confidently say that I have all the support around me that I need. So with that said, I’d love to see a push for each one of you to reach out to someone else going through a tough time. Perhaps you understand what they are going though, perhaps you don’t. Comment below and let me know the story of who you will be reaching out to support. ❤️
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I’m exhausted from fighting for my health, mobility and quality of life. I’m equally as exhausted from fighting the medical system in Canada. While I am grateful to live in a country that offers “free health care”, I feel trapped by a system that tells me that because my condition is not life threatening; it might be up to another year of waiting for the tests and treatment I need. They’re fully aware of my neuropathic issues that are progressive. They understand that I’ve lost the ability to have a remotely normal life and that with each passing day the damage will potentially be worse. And while I am willing to pay for care, I just wish I could do that within my own country, and not have to travel internationally to get proper treatment. (after I’ve paid into the system here.) To those who feel left behind by the medical system; I feel ya. Keep fighting until you find the practitioner who’s willing to fight for you. I don’t want to get my hopes and expectations too high, but I’m hoping yesterday’s ER visit will be a step in the right direction with a neurologist that appears to care. .
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I’ve masked myself with a brave face for as long as I can remember. My hope is that one day I grow into it. I’m spending the day (at least) in the hospital hoping to find out some answers as to some new neurological issues that have come up. I should have come sooner, but fear held me back. It’s time to grow and try to be more brave like I pretend to be. #morereallife .
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6 day countdown until I can try resistance training again. It’s been months and months of waiting for this, and I’m hopeful this time I can begin to get some strength back. For those of you complaining that you don’t have the time or energy to work out; I would kill for those excuses to be my only barrier. #morereallife .
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A year ago on #bellletstalk day I let the world know the mental health struggles I have had on my journey. In the past year, the struggle has remained the same as I navigate through life and what it throws at me. What has changed is the dialogue around me. As I braced myself after admitting publicly that I’ve struggled with anxiety, depression and suicide; I was met with kindness and empathy. After taking the first step, I watched others follow and share their struggles with me. Being able to comfortably talk about these things is a huge first step in taking away the stigma from something that will effect almost everyone we know at one point or another in their life. I have done my best to lend an ear to those in pain, as many have done for me. While having someone to simply listen can be of tremendous benefit, one needs to know when to rely on professional help. I’ve teamed up with @betterhelp to be able to offer access to a trial of their services, for free, to those currently in need. I promised myself I would keep my Instagram free of ads for companies. Despite not working for them; I feel compelled to share for those who might be on the brink of taking the first step towards a more supported life. Be kind to one another ❤️. https://tryonlinetherapy.com/shannonlizzy . (Link in bio)
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I posted this photo on my stories a few days back, and was met with many requests for me to post photos of myself without the tank top and skirt on to see what my body is like underneath. While I am quite confident and comfortable with my body, this turned me off from sharing any memories from the beach here. My message on here isn’t about having the perfect body. I’m not going to teach you how to have killer abs and a killer ass; I want to be known for more. I’m here to show insight into the struggles of dealing with chronic health issues and overcoming physical adversity. .
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