Repair MS ~ Aug. ’11 Update: Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions

“Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” is a wonderful book and a super class! This class is funded by the State of Alaska Health & Social Services. The facilitators are Sandra and Sevard Waganius, two wonderful people who are volunteering their time to help us enjoy life with chronic conditions!

I have avoided focusing on the ‘disease of MS’, believing that dwelling on the obvious will only make it worse. I honestly thought emotional clearing will eliminate the disease. I’ve since learned that even though no amount of emotional clearing will cure the disease, it does lead to creating happiness and joy in our reality even when living with chronic illness.

I’ve learned that we need pay attention to the symptoms with our eyes open and press on recognizing that maybe the most important skill of all is learning to respond to our illness on an ongoing basis. It’s an important balancing act.

This six-week class was created to help those with chronic conditions live a healthy life.

Those of us with a chronic condition can either decide to stay in bed letting the disease become the center of our existence or we can learn the skills necessary to live a full and active life. It’s up to us to decide.

Every week we learn an important skill necessary to living a full and healthy life including developing and maintaining exercise and nutrition programs, managing symptoms, making decisions about when to seek medical help, working effectively with our doctor, using medications and minimizing side effects, finding and using community resources, talking about our illness with family and friends, and if necessary changing social activities.

During the last portion of each session we decide our goal for the week, our action plan. This is really no different than other goal setting technique. We pair up with a classmate and discuss our action plan. We decide what we want to accomplish during the week and look for alternative ways to accomplish this goal. We share our goal with the class and receive support and encouragement as the class discusses possible modifications needed to ensure our success.

During the week we carry out our action plan, and we call our partner to lend support.

The following week we check our results. Our newfound friends are happy for our accomplishments when we reached our goals and give suggestions for modifications if we didn’t .

We’re encouraged to reward ourselves for goals accomplished, I think that accomplishing our goals is reward enough!

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions has been an awesome program, the class in itself has motivated the group of us out of the house, as we learn the skills necessary to creating a healthy life.

I’d love to hear about your transition to living with chronic conditions, especially the aspect of setting goals! Tell us any tips you have in the comments below.


Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

9 Comments:

  1. The choice 2 be #disabled is most often not ours. The choice to wallow in it or 2 pull ourselves up is totally ours. CHOOSE… Mark Langer
    So much of what we do comes down to our own personal choice. Better choices make 4 better life no matter situation we have to deal with~~~HJC

    • Hank,
      Thank you for saying so! I believe EXACTLY what you say! I used to think that I had control of my MS just as Louise Hay says. I’ve done everything she says and more and I still have MS (and psoriasis)~ yet even with chronic diseases I couldn’t be happier! I wake up everyday excited and ready to be productive and do good! My life is different than I thought but it’s fabulous!

  2. Linda, what a wonderful website. You have such positive things to say it gives anyone reading it a lift. And…aren’t we lucky to have you as a member of the “living a Healthy Life” class. Thank you for coming, and for your valuable contributions.
    Sandra

  3. Thank you for the uplifting words. So many people need this, I am one of them actually. I just find it so amazing that with your words you can touch and change lives. Actually I shared this blog to my friends. Like me, they were all inspired! Thank you. Please post more of this. More power!

    • Arlene,
      Thank you for visiting msrelief and I appreciate you taking time to comment! I am incredibly happy even though I live with MS, and many people are! I hope to inspire others to find joy no matter what their external circumstances are!
      Linda

  4. Know that even if an individual is suffering from a chronic medical condition, it is absolutely possible for that person to live a healthy and active life. As long as he will not give up on this challenge of life, he can still experience a life worth living for.

    • Candice,
      Thank you for saying so! I believe we can live a life worth living for. Even if being blessed with the burden of helping others through living with a chronic condition joyfully is all we can do, it is a blessing.
      Linda

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