Take control to enhance your health and wellbeing.
IF WE CHANGE NOTHING, NOTHING WILL CHANGE
Own Life brings together inspirational stories from people in West Cheshire who refuse to let long-term conditions control their life.
Importantly, the campaign also highlights the small lifestyle changes each and every one of us can make which can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.
Own Life ambassadors Andy (Diabetes) and Julie (Mental Health) lead the way by sharing the many benefits they enjoy by self-managing their conditions.
A growing band of further inspiring health-related case studies can be viewed across the Own Life website.
Own Life also helps to promote local support groups which can help you to follow Andy and Julie’s lead.
Keen runner Jeff admits he was scared and apprehensive when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer aged 61.
But, with the support of his friends and family, he took on a number of endurance tests to help prepare his body for surgery.
Jeff has since returned to running - even competing in a cross country series.Jeff's Story
Andy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was two years old – but he doesn’t let anything get in his way.
He attends a support group in Chester to keep himself in the know, eats a well-balanced diet that is low in carbohydrates and remains active through regular walking and cycling.
Andy learned how to count his intake of carbohydrates and adjust his insulin to give him more control over his everyday life.
He has created a routine which works for him and he sticks to it - making him feel happier, healthier and more secure about his future. Andy also now helps to empower others by offering support and advice both online and via social media.Andy's Story
Julie has been diagnosed with depressive and anxiety disorder – a condition which has affected her since she was a teenager.
Her condition fluctuates frequently, she experiences mood swings and has suffered a number of crisis points. But her determination to return to the workplace inspired her to take more control.
A keen advocate of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the benefits of peer support via local support groups Chester Plus and Rethink, she volunteers in her spare time.
Julie focuses on keeping active, connecting with other people and continuing to learn about better management of her condition. She also works hard to make things better for other people in the community.Julie's Story
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