Gale Sylvester-DeMello lives with scleroderma, Madelung's disease, and Reynolds. "I live in chronic pain and have since I was in my early 30's and it's every day, it never goes away. It's very hard when you live in chronic pain because all you want to do is stay in bed all day."
Determined to get relief for her symptoms, Gail enrolled in the Lee Health chronic disease workshop. "This program was originally developed at Stanford University and its taught worldwide, and it's designed to teach participants tools to self-manage any chronic health condition," said Sharon Krispinsky, a chronic health program coordinator with Lee Health.
The free six-week workshop can benefit people living with any chronic disease—including diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and depression. "It was one of the best classes I've ever attended," said DeMello.
In addition to teaching participants tools to manage and, in some cases, overcome their chronic disease, the program also offers support and encouragement. "We see tremendous outcomes at the completion of the program. We see about a 28 percent reduction in hospitalizations. We also see improvement in better health and better care outcomes," said Krispinsky.
The workshop focuses on natural remedies like exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress management, and communication to help participants improve their quality of life with chronic disease.
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