Age: 55 

Issue: Joined the HealthyLifetime program because she wanted someone to help her do a deeper ‘life review’ and figure out if there is anything she can do to make her life better 

Chronic Illness: Kidney Disease

Result: “I am doing much better.  I know I have to continue to work on things but the Healthy Lifetime program gave me the confidence and methods I need to keep going.”

Marianne is 55 years old and joined the HealthyLifetime program because she wanted someone to help her do a deeper ‘life review’ and figure out if there is anything she can do to make her life better – she thought the HealthyLifetime program sounded like it would help her. Marianne came to the program with a long history of kidney disease and had kidney transplant surgery. She tries to manage her blood pressure, the fatigue she feels daily, and still help her disabled husband receiving chemotherapy for his Cancer. She has had multiple surgeries in the past year due to two car accidents and in addition to the fatigue, has significant pain she was trying to manage.

Making Time for Yourself

“The past year has been really a burden and I felt like I was getting much worse in keeping up with things. It was hard to keep track of everything I needed to do for my husband and found I was neglecting myself – and if I get sicker who would take care of him?”

Marianne found the virtual home Nurse Coach visits really engaging and was so comfortable talking with the Nurse Coach that she revealed her story and daily burdens very easily. The Nurse Coach knew a good deal about Marianne because of the initial surveys the program uses but the virtual home visit revealed even more. The Nurse Coach guided Marianne using the many tools the program offers to help her set up her day so that her pain and fatigue were more manageable. Marianne also learned how to set up her medications as well as her husband’s so they both remembered them and took them the right way to get the desired results. The Nurse Coach guided Marianne in finding ways to better cope – in particular to rekindle the ‘writing’ that helped her so often in the past but she let go as the problems piled up. Through the program Marianne found about 30 minutes a day to do the journaling that now helps her again to chronicle her feelings, events and stories that help her cope.

By the fourth week of the program Marianne was starting to do more routine functions like light chores and housekeeping that made things feel normal again. She had been eating better and getting outdoors more to just walk as that was the exercise she most enjoyed. At first it was slow, but the Nurse Coach showed her how to increase her walking so she wouldn’t get too tired.

Discovering New Ways to Move Forward

At the end of the program Marianne was feeling better and said she found new tools and ways to cope and have time again for normal things. She and her Nurse Coach talked about the next six months after the program – her goals and how she would go about reaching them – to keep getting better and better.

“I wasn’t sure anything or anyone could help me or my situation. My Nurse Coach made me really comfortable and I talked more than I have to anyone in a long, long time. I resisted using some of the program tools but the Nurse Coach never judged me – she worked with me – and now I am doing much better. I know I have to continue to work on things but the HealthyLifetime program gave me the confidence and methods I need to keep going.”