Wellbeing Coaches Assist in Chronic Disease Management
Personally tailored plans and emotional support enhance your course of treatment
A diagnosis of a chronic disease is a life-changing event. It’s natural to feel shock, loss and even a measure of self-pity. “Why has this happened to me?” you may wonder. You can feel isolated from friends and loved ones who don’t quite understand what you’re going through. And the treatment plan your doctor has given you can feel overwhelming.
On the other hand, if you’ve been anxiously wondering about your symptoms, the diagnosis clarifies your situation, and the challenge of managing your chronic illness can give you a renewed sense of purpose. With the help of a Wellbeing Coach, you can adjust aspects of your life, develop practical routines and adopt positive coping strategies. The personal attention and encouragement you receive from your coach can motivate you to stick to your doctor’s plan and derive the greatest benefit possible from available treatments.
Wellbeing Coaches assist patients with a wide variety of chronic illnesses
Many of our certified coaches come from medical backgrounds. As nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, and therapists, they have helped patients and clients manage a wide variety of chronic illnesses, including:
- Bipolar disorder
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Hepatitis C
- Kidney disease
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Each disease presents different challenges, but there are commonalities. Chronic illnesses cause fatigue, so a patient can’t expect to get as much done in a day. Pain may be intermittent or constant, placing limitations on the patient’s activities. The illness can directly affect the patient’s emotions, or have an insidious, indirect effect. The illness can start to consume your life, so our coaches take all of these factors into account. Their job is not to treat the illness; but to help you, as a whole person, cope with what the illness may be doing to you, and help you reclaim yourself.
Wellbeing Coaches take a holistic approach to chronic illness management
Our coaches know that every client is unique and may react to a chronic illness differently from other people with the same condition. Therefore, our coaches carefully tailor strategies not just to your illness, but to your personality, your lifestyle and your total circumstances. For example, a chronic illness can qualify you for workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But making such a request can be a big step, especially if you have misgivings about revealing your condition to your employer. A coach can help you get over emotional hurdles, so you can make a reasoned decision about the appropriateness of requesting an ADA accommodation.
A Wellbeing Coach can help you implement a wide array of strategies, including:
- Avoiding environmental triggers
- Avoiding emotional triggers
- Diet and nutrition
- Emotional support
- Integrating technology into your treatment program
- Managing multiple chronic conditions
- Pain management
- Time management
- Stress management
Through a comprehensive approach, our coaches help you reclaim your sense of self and rediscover the joyful aspects of your life that your condition may have pushed aside. There is no reason to let a chronic illness define who you are. With practical guidance, emotional support and motivation, our coaches help you take control over your illness and embrace life fully again.
Choose a Certified Wellbeing Coach™ to help you manage your chronic illness
A diagnosis of a chronic illness does not have to define your life. Wellbeing Coaches help clients with chronic illness manage more effectively and get back to enjoying life. Contact a coach today.