Living with a Chronic Condition

Welcome to The Chronic Wellness Coach blog.

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This blog and website are dedicated to helping people and caregivers living with a chronic condition or disability figure out their next steps.

At some point, weeks, months, or even years ago, your journey of living with chronic condition began. In the beginning, you probably saw doctors, nurses, or therapists often. If you had a question, someone was there to answer it. You saw your physical therapist so often they began to feel like a friend.

But the time came when you went home from the hospital or therapy ended. Suddenly, you were left on your own to figure out the next steps to living with a chronic illness. And like anything that you do for the first time, there was a learning curve. Sometimes it’s been a steep learning curve. Before you realized it, you felt like you had lost control of your life. What happened to the future that you had planned? Is this your new normal? And is the new normal going to last?

I am a physical therapist and wellness coach. I have spent most of my career working with clients with a chronic condition. For example, stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, or diabetes. When I worked in a traditional physical therapy setting, I could only treat the physical problems that my clients experienced. But I knew so much more was going on in their lives, and their caregivers, that affected their health.

Health Is More Than Physical

I watched my clients and their families quietly suffer under the weight of a chronic illness. For example, physical and mental health usually suffered first. But soon, little time and energy were left to nurture relationships (social health). So, their social circles shrunk. In addition, they struggled to find peace with the suffering or accept the new normal (spiritual health). Financial health was stressed with extra costs or less time at work. Their balance of wellness quickly became off kilter. And they didn’t know where to turn to help themselves.

With time and experience, I came to understand that a healthy life is more than physical health. Well-being is the interaction and balance of physical, mental, social, spiritual, and financial health. This is true even when you are living in difficult circumstances like with a chronic condition or disability.

Taking care of physical health is important. You may already be doing that with medications, eating healthy, being physical active or trying to get better sleep.

But what about your mental health? Feeling stressed? Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Unmotivated? Sad or angry? Those feelings are normal when living with chronic illness. But life can begin to spiral if mental well-being is poor. So, are you doing anything to improve your mental health?

How are your relationships with family, friends, co-workers?

Are you struggling to accept the situation you are currently in or mourning what you have lost?

Do you have a financial plan?

The Chronic Wellness Coach Website

If you answered no to any of those questions, you are not alone. I created The Chronic Wellness Coach to be a resource for improving your total well-being. My goal is to help individuals and caregivers living with a chronic condition figure out how to live as well as possible.

On the website you will find my blog. Each week I will discuss strategies or ideas to improve your total well-being.

I have a free guide available on my website now for caregivers. If you are suffering from caregiver stress, check out the free guide for tips to improve mental well-being: 6 Strategies to Improve Mental Well-Being and Caregiver Stress in 5 Minutes or Less.

I offer wellness coaching services via phone, virtually, or in person. Wellness coaching is a partnership between me and you. We work together to figure out where life is off balance. Then we brainstorm ways to make the changes you want.

And, most importantly, I have a section on my website called, In Their Own Words. These are articles written by people or caregivers living with a chronic condition. They are living through what you are living through and share what they have learned. I hope you’ll check it out.

Stay tuned for my weekly blogs to dive deeper into ideas and steps to live as well as possible. Or, join my email list for updates. Let me know your thoughts or questions in the box below.

Thank you for letting me be a small part of your journey to chronic wellness.

With gratitude –

Disclaimer: This blog is a resource through which you may obtain information regarding your health and wellness.  Information is intended for the general reader and it is not a substitute for medical advice.  The content in this blog is intended to be informational only. and should not be not interpreted as specific advice for you.  There may be delays, omissions, or inaccuracies in information contained in this blog. You should always consult with a licensed healthcare professional who is familiar with your health and past medical history before making any changes you may read about in this blog.

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