Workshop for those with chronic medical conditions

Living with a chronic illness such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease is not without its challenges. Many people feel limited by these conditions and feel like they are missing out on their lives. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Cambridge Medical Center is hosting a six-week Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop to help those with chronic conditions learn how to self-manage their illness so they can start to feel better and enjoy life more. Co-sponsors of the workshop include the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and the Minnesota Department of Health.

“Chronic conditions can sometimes overwhelm people to the extent that they aren’t able to fully enjoy their lives,” according to Carolyn Kampa, family medicine physician at Cambridge Medical Center. “This workshop has helped participants regain a sense of control over their lives by being better able to manage their symptoms and communicate more easily with their doctors and family.”

Participants will learn how to manage their symptoms, get started with healthy eating and exercise, communicate effectively with their doctor and health care team, manage their fear, anger and frustration, make daily tasks easier, and get more out of life. The workshop is for people who have arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, lung disease and/or any other chronic conditions that require ongoing care.

The spring session workshops begin Thursday, April 21 and continue for six Thursdays through May 26. Each workshop is two and one-half hours long and participates are strongly encouraged to attend all six sessions. The classes will be held at Cambridge Medical Center. There is no cost to attend but class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

To register, call Cambridge Medical Center’s Education department at 763-688-9923.