Monday, November 2, 2015

Chronic health = long-lasting, habitual health

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions (4th edition) ~ by Kate Lorig, Halsted Holman, David Sobel, Diana Laurent, Virginia Gonzalez, and Marian Minor, 2012

I studied this book for a short course, and some of us decided afterwards to continue meeting once a month.  Our little group — a half dozen of us — decided to continue meeting to encourage one another to keep doing what we learned.  The book had us work on eating goals and planning appropriate exercises.  We met in the Circle@Crown Café a few times just to talk, until this week when almost nobody came.  I decided it would be better if we have some topic planned for each meeting, so each of us could bring specific information or questions.  So I volunteered to send out a subject before we meet next Monday.

We also needed a name.  It's awkward to write on my calendar "meet in Circle@Crown Café with Betty, Donna, Eunice, Mark, and Mary Ann."  Looking at the book's title, it occurred to me that our aim is "chronic health."  Chronic means "long-lasting or habitual," and that's exactly what we want, even if it is an unusual combination of words.  Maybe that would remind us of health (a positive thing) rather than disease (a negative thing).  Those who have responded like our new name.

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