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LIVING A HEALTHY LIFE WITH A CHRONIC CONDITION

April 21, 2005 3:57 PM

NHS Greater Glasgow is working with Arthritis Care to set up and run a self-management programme, which will enable people with any chronic condition to take control over their lives.

All too often people with a chronic disease are told that they will just have to learn to live with their condition.This self-management programme is aimed at giving people with a debilitating condition the expertise they so desperately need to learn to regain a real sense of control over their lives.

The chronic disease self-management programme has been running successfully throughout the world for over 30 years. The course is divided into six two and half-hour session. People with a chronic condition who have been selected and trained by Arthritis Care deliver the well-researched manual. The course covers the principles of self-management that helps participants to understand their condition and the effects of treatments.It promotes the development of coping strategies through the management of diet, exercise, depression, relaxation and pain control.

Two leaders for Glasgow are Fiona and Frances.Both volunteered to be involved after attending a course themselves and realised the difference it could make to their lives.

Frances found the end of her world had not come and there was still a lot of living to do.She said: "I now want to encourage others to feel the way I do.

"I want people to come and join the fun and put their life back on the right track and see what a difference it can make to their lives."

Courses in the Glasgow area will take place in Kirkintilloch commencing 3rd May and in Partick Burgh Halls commencing 5th May. Booking onto the course is essential as places are limited.

For more information on the course contactFrances or Fiona on 0141 945 5036 or to book your free place call Anne on 0141 201 4979.

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