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About The Chronic Wellness Collective
The Chronic Wellness Collective is a group of Board Certified Nurse Coaches helping women with chronic illness get well. Our leaders, our staff, and our wellness experts understand firsthand the challenge of living with a chronic illness. Each one of us has our own story.
Many of us are nurse coaches in private practice who have helped hundreds of clients overcome chronic illness, autoimmune disease, and inflammation after going through the same journey ourselves.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization making online community + coaching accessible and affordable. We are bridging the gaps in healthcare and empowering women to take back their lives from chronic illness.
We are the #1 resource for connecting nurse coaches and women with chronic illness. We are a thriving and interactive online community of women helping women get well around the world.
Chronic illness is the biggest healthcare challenge we face today.
A chronic condition is a physical or mental health condition that lasts over a year and requires ongoing treatment – diagnoses such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity, cancer and more.
Today, six in 10 Americans are living with a chronic illness and over 40% have 2 or more conditions.
In addition to its prevalence, chronic disease has also been classified as the nation’s leading cause of death, and is responsible for seven of 10 deaths each year.
Chronic diseases come with significant economic costs.
Ninety percent of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. Experts warn that if healthcare spending continues to rise at its current pace, the United States will be bankrupt by 2035.
In addition to its escalating healthcare costs, chronic diseases also impact workforce patterns such as absenteeism, and disproportionately affects women.
Fifty-four million women in the US live with chronic illness, and 20% of them are the primary caregivers at home, services that are valued at $148-188 billion per year. When the caregiver of a family gets sick, there are even bigger ripple effects that impact society at large.
Chronic disease is the most expensive and impactful group of medical conditions in the United States. It is also the most preventable if patients are able to access the right type of care and treatment. Unfortunately however, chronic diseases don’t lend themselves to the “one problem, one doctor, one treatment” approach that guides most healthcare practitioners today.
As a result, patients are not receiving the proper care they need to improve their health outcomes.
Behavior change strategies such as dietary and lifestyle interventions are not being utilized, even though they have been proven essential to effective management.
Patients want to support themselves to make healthy lifestyle choices but don’t always have the tools they need.
If these were accessible and affordable, they could cultivate the skills to create lasting change in diet and lifestyle. Multiple physical health conditions can be difficult to manage, especially when coupled with depression or other mental health conditions.
Chronic illness is complex and requires a multifaceted mix of conventional, pharmaceutical or surgical treatments as well as attention to diet and digestive health, stress, movement and our spiritual and emotional health.
Putting all the pieces together is the key to true healing and management.
Unfortunately, access to holistic health care is expensive and largely not covered by insurance.
When Katherine was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease as a teenager in 2004, she felt isolated and alone.
Conventional medicine was limited in what it had to offer. She was written a prescription by her specialist and sent home to adjust to her new life. Social media was not yet popular. She struggled to find a way to connect with other young women facing a similar life-changing health problem.
She knew there had to be a better way.
So, she took a year off from college, retreated to her family’s home over the winter, and began reading everything she could find about holistic health and wellness. Eventually, things started to click. She observed the connections between trauma, stress, and disease and recognized that she needed to heal. Over the next few years, she made lifestyle changes – where she worked, what she ate, and whom she befriended.
She finally learned how to take care of herself and knew she wanted to help others to do the same.
However, after five years as a registered nurse, she was still unsatisfied with the traditional healthcare system. She didn’t believe that patients should be dependent on doctors and prescription medications alone for health. So, in 2012 she began to explore the new evidence-based field of health coaching – a profession defined by its ability to empower women to take responsibility for their own health. Over the next six years, Katherine saw firsthand the healing benefits for clients in her private coaching practice.
Women were taking back their lives after years of suffering from chronic and autoimmune diseases.
They learned how to get the support and understanding they needed from family, friends, and medical professionals. But there were still some limitations. Many women struggled to find the energy or money to access her coaching programs and services. She wanted to find a way to make these life-changing resources available to those who needed them most.
Our Approach + Programs
We host our ground-breaking 90-day Nurse Yourself Back to Health group program three times a year (in the Spring, Summer, and Fall). Educational materials and resources are delivered virtually via our online platform, live coaching sessions are led by experienced nurse coaches, and members are partnered with peers for 1:1 support.
After recommended completion of the entry-level program, returning members may select from any number of specialized coaching programs and events offered by wellness professionals, including 1:1 sessions and webinars.
Our values are integrity, respect, education, empowerment, community, collaboration, compassion, resiliency, responsibility, and transparency. We believe that community + coaching are the keys to coping with chronic illness.
“Before working with a Chronic Wellness Coach, I was in constant pain not even able to get out of bed. I felt like this was going to be my life now (with my future looking bleak). Since going through the coaching program, I’ve been able to take control of my illness and not have it control me. I’ve gone from feeling hopeless to hopeful.”Diane
“I benefited from a community of women to connect with and the reminder that I am not alone in this world of chronic illness. I feel significantly less overwhelmed and that alone is a huge relief for me. The biggest ah-ha moment for me was how important it is that I take care of myself.”Carley
“Before a Chronic Wellness Coach came into my life, I had become extremely isolated. Out of shame, I kept my illness a secret and as it got worse, so did I. Talking to a coach about my illness has been empowering. I no longer suffer in silence because she has given me the tools to be able to discuss it with my family, friends, and doctors without feeling guilt or shame. She has opened the door to an entire community of women who are also going through similar struggles.”Hattie
“I went from being very active to having a lot of restrictions on what I could do at home and at work after an injury. My Coach provided me with encouragement and support throughout the healing process and reminded me of the importance of taking things slow and letting my body heal. Using a holistic approach, she helped me overcome relationship problems, work-related issues, and other general life struggles. My Coach encouraged me to be my most authentic self, and I truly felt like I could be that with her. I felt safe in the judgement-free environment that she created and left each conversation feeling inspired. She asked me powerful questions that helped me to think outside of the box and see myself in a different way.”Monique
We use the PROMIS® (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System) survey. It is a set of person-centered measures that evaluates and monitors physical, mental, and social health in adults living with chronic conditions.
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“When I began working with a Chronic Wellness Coach, I felt like my life was spiraling out of control. I had some good habits, but I was completely overwhelmed with works stress, relationship and family stress, and the mental workload that is typical for parents of young children. My Coach was warm, caring, and encouraging. I was able to make some seemingly small changes that have had a profound effect on my mental health – I’m now meditating daily, exercising regularly after a long hiatus, and enjoying better relationships.”Jackie
“I was making sure everybody else was taken care of and forgot to take care of myself. I learned that saying No is a form of self-care and have been using it more than ever. I also found and fell in love with meditation. It soothes my weary soul. My Coach put me at ease and I looked forward to talking every week with her. I have learned that I am likable even though it is easy to doubt that. I learned that I am stronger than I thought and I that it is perfectly okay to say I need down time.”Gina
“This experience has helped me make my own self-care a priority. I look better when I feel better and I feel better when I look better. It occurs to me that having one body is kind of like having one planet. There is not a back-up model for either, so make the most of it. It will take care of you as you take care of it.”Sarah
“I have already noticed that if I feel overwhelmed or rushed, I automatically breathe deeper. It hasn’t been intentional – it’s like my body knows what to do instinctively. I feel refreshed, confident, and calmer. The sessions helped me reconnect to my body. I am pleasantly surprised (and almost shocked) at how quickly my body has responded!”Sandy