Healing Journey

Thank you for helping to guide me and my classmates on our healing journeys! As a 2012 I Can! Challenger, thank you for providing us with numerous formats for personal goal setting, record keeping, and health monitoring.  Class members were encouraged to identify the barriers to healing from our varied chronic conditions and identify techniques for overcoming those barriers.  Each week there were forms to complete that guided us toward honing in on our personal challenges, steps designed for us to face those challenges and opportunities for us to grow in our knowledge about our own conditions.  The program contains a guide filled with lots of information to read, process, and to learn from.  The speakers at our meeting were informative about their varied topics as we learned to shop the grocery store aisles to ‘buy healthy’, exercise in new and different ways, and practice techniques for combating various stressors and addictions.  The camaraderie of our intergenerational group members was lively and thought-filled.  We came from varied backgrounds and experiences, and each week were given time to share our status and progress as we bounced around ideas with each other regarding possible healing strategies.  Our facilitators were friendly and helpful, occasionally sharing their own struggles and strategies in dealing with their own challenges.  We congealed as a team to improve our health and knowledge of our conditions.  Each week we were encouraged to reward ourselves in non-food eating ways.  What a powerful tool this was!

Thank you to the program creators, our facilitators, and our classmates!  This has been a wonderful journey and I look forward to continuing the friendships gained.  I accept the challenge to continue to learn and practice ways to manage my health condition and improve my quality of life.  The program has given me the tools, the team, and the motivation toward achieving a healthier lifestyle.  Thank you!

Jan Frey

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