A Chronic Disease Workshop: April 12, 2019
Diabetes, hypertension, arthritis—they’re just a few of the most common chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. “The class focuses on things and skills you need to manage those illnesses,” said Lyn Carlson, a community care coordinator with Lee Health.
Carlson leads a chronic disease workshop for patients who need help managing their condition. “Today, we were talking about how pain and fatigue are things that affect all of us, no matter what our illness is. And then talking about how similar those responses are and how similar the fixes are,” she said.
The six-week complimentary class teaches participants the importance of diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management, to help them better cope with their chronic disease.
“I really learned a lot about self-management and really listening to my body, and the importance of sleep and eating right,” said Andrea Bussiere, a program facilitator with Lee Health. Participants like Andrea gained so much knowledge and insight to her chronic disease, she decided to become a facilitator for the workshop. “I have to admit my energy level is better because I’m much healthier now,” she said.
Teaching participants how to meal plan, create and commit to a routine, and prepare for doctor’s appointments, the program helps patients manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. “I can say that all, 100 percent of them, came in especially today and they were all feeling kind of sluggish, and kind of complaining of this hurts, they didn’t sleep well, I have this coming up or that coming up, and all of them at the end of the day, all of them had positive things to say,” said Carlson.
Giving them the tools and support they need to manage their chronic disease.