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Free clinic for chronic pain sufferers

September 25, 2013   ·   0 Comments

Funded by the Ministry of Health and  Long Term Care, the Self Management initiative supports  the training of Peer Leaders resulting in a 6 week program offered free of charge to those who wish to self manage their chronic pain situation.

“The programs come from the University of Stanford. They are non-medical, non-clinical and work with a support system teaching people how to set realistic goals while coping with a chronic pain situation,” said Kathrine MacDonald, Co-Lead for the Self Management Program.

Participant, Margaret Thompson is a Cancer survivor and is unfortunately faced with chronic pain. Thompson has attended other clinics and finds them very helpful providing coping skills especially in her situation. “I’ll do anything to manage pain. I’m a cancer survivor and I now suffer Spinal Stenosis. It gets frustrating when pain gets overwhelming,” said Thompson.  This feisty and courageous woman will not be deterred from taking charge of her life and has this advice to offer anyone suffering with chronic pain, “Get off your butt and come to the sessions! Your health is your problem! You should do everything and anything that will help yourself to live the way you want to!”

In addition to having a support system, the sessions offer many coping skills to help deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, poor sleep, medication concerns, appropriate exercise, surrounding Chronic neck pain, Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, including the severe pain experienced with Multiple Sclerosis.

The sessions run every Tuesday from 1p.m to 3:30 p.m at the Mel Lloyd Centre, is free to attend and to register call 519-925-2140 ext. 5230, or toll free 1-855-269-8401, email mteeter@dufferincounty.ca  or cdsm@williamoslerhs.ca and visit the website for more information www.cwselfmanagement.ca

By Alex Sher

 

         

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