When you are living with a longterm health condition like arthritis, diabetes, MS, epilepsy or Parkinson’s, it can quickly take control of your life if you aren’t able to manage it well. Arthritis Care’s free ‘Challenging Your Condition’ programme can give you the confidence and skills to manage your condition better and get on with living your life. The programme will not cure your condition, but over six 2.5 hour sessions you will learn how to manage your symptoms, relax, control your fatigue, eat healthily and keep moving, and work more closely with health care professionals.

The next ‘Challenging Your Condition’ programme starts at 10.30am on Tuesday 12 September in Nautilus Centre, Kilkeel. It is free and open to anyone over 18 with a longterm health condition. The course leaders live with a longterm condition themselves, so they understand exactly how it feels and they create a relaxed, welcoming space where people can share their experiences and learn from each other.

Will it work for me?

While every health condition and every individual are different, the difficulties people face are often similar and the programme offers something for everyone. Mary, whose health condition was destroying her confidence and making her feel isolated, said:

‘The programme has given me more self-esteem and I have met people with similar problems to mine. I now understand I am not alone and there are people out there I can talk to.’

Stephen, who has arthritis, said: ‘Challenging Your Condition has helped me to realise that I can help myself in lots of different ways.’

Are you ready to challenge your condition?

Contact Yvonne on 028 9078 2940 or yvonnek@arthritiscare.org.uk to book a place and you could be like Mark who said: ‘I now have hope for the future. The course gave me valuable knowledge and my confidence has improved greatly.’

Challenging Your Condition is delivered by Arthritis Care and supported by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Find out more about Arthritis Care at www.arthritiscare.org.uk