“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.