Sara had never tried a group support program to manage her chronic pain before signing up for a Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) online workshop. Over the course of the 6-week workshop, she discovered how group support helped her refocus to better manage her chronic pain.
This past month, I caught up with JV who has been a participant in our digital DPP program for nearly 1 year. I love hearing the stories and feedback of participants at all different points in their journey, and in this case it was great to hear the story of a longtime participant. JV has […]
By Neal Kaufman One of the real pleasures I take in my role at Canary Coaches is the opportunity to speak with participants. This past week, JR, a 35-year old happily married mother of three granted me her time and told me a part of her story. I so appreciate her willingness to share. […]
Samanta is a Caregiver for her husband, a Navy Veteran. Several years after they married, she noticed a change in his behavior. As he became more distant, she grew frustrated and even angry at times. When she discovered the Building Better Caregivers® (BBC) online workshop, she signed up in the hopes it could help her […]
Idena is a Caregiver for her husband, a Vietnam Vet. They struggled to communicate, and went through periods where he simply didn’t want to talk. She would get frustrated when he spoke of the war, because in her mind, it’s long over. But she kept trying; kept building her fortitude and resilience. She even moved […]
By Dawn Menning Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in our Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) workshops about COVID-19. Not surprisingly, in addition to the coronavirus directly increasing stress and anxiety levels, changes to normal life like orders to shelter in place have forced our participants to adjust their normal self-care habits. We […]
I’m finishing a call as the email from Vic arrives. “I have time for the next half-hour. If that works just give me a call”, he has written. The week is coming to end, Friday afternoon, and I am anxious to hear more of Vic’s story. The little he had shared on our general satisfaction […]
When Greg returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD and serious physical injuries, he had no one to turn to except his ex-wife Rachel. Without hesitation, she stepped into the role of his caregiver, and turned to the VA for support. Her CSC, Amanda, recommended the Building Better Caregivers® program. Watch her courageous story.
I first get snippets of Jen’s story from the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) user survey she completed. She writes: “So my situation was unique because I’m a registered nurse. As a nurse, you’re always helping other people and don’t tend to deal with your own stuff. I had taken care of my elderly […]
Our partners and good friends at mPulse Mobile have interviewed Neal for their series on thought leaders. We have had the good fortune to collaborate with mPulse Mobile for several years and gain so much from their leadership in the SoCal ecosystem and much beyond. Watch Neal’s piece from mPulse.
—“Only the fact that there are others out in this great big world, going through the same things/feelings and rough patches as I am.” This is how Audrey starts the last of our several email exchanges after I have asked her what was her most important takeaway from Better Choices Better Health® (BCBH). We’ve […]
Watch this short video where participant Bill Bateman describes how the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) workshop helped him realize he was not alone in not sleeping well. This realization and the group tips and support made the difference in helping him improve this so important behavior.
It’s late afternoon in Los Angeles, early evening in Dallas, when I connect with Thelma by phone. I hear her energy and enthusiasm, and with a smile on my face and a small chuckle, we get right to her story. Thelma, wrestling with the anxiety that comes from surviving cancer, shares that she joined […]