David, 54, suffers long-term health conditions that affect his day-to-day life. He has a lung disease that makes breathing increasingly more difficult, and nerve disorder, which causes uncontrolled tremors. In addition, David cares for his wife, who also has disabilities.
When David first met with his My Health My Way Self-Management Coach, he explained:
I want to keep working and caring for my wife, but life is getting more and more stressful and difficult. I feel that I don’t have any time for myself to exercise or live a healthy lifestyle. I usually feel anxious and unable to cope.
On the first sessions, the self-management coach showed David different planning, pacing and goal setting techniques. This helped him to start planning some changes in his life that would help him move towards a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
As a result of the coaching sessions, David changed his habits around diet and exercise. He began to plan set time aside for himself each week and started to go for walks, building up gradually until he was achieving several miles at a time. He also decided to decrease his hours at work, which helped him feel a lot less stressed and find balance between work and family.
The self-management coach also signposted David to local organisations that could offer the right support for him and his wife. For example, with advocacy support, he looked at possible financial benefits that may be available to him and his wife. In addition, he registered himself as a carer at his GP surgery and began the process of obtaining a new assessment for both himself and wife for their care and finances through Social Services.
Overall, thanks to My Health My Way David made significant changes in his life that helped him feel happier and manage better the impact of his health on his day-to-day life. He said:
My Health My Way has been a revelation to me. Thanks to the coaching sessions I feel refocused and a lot more confident. I feel that I can carry on doing what I was doing, move forward and yet still continue to support myself and my wife in our situation.
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