Living Well Workshop helps those suffering chronic pain

    Participants at Umpqua Community Health Center try to reach their goals by setting up an action plan at the Living Well Workshop. (SBG)

    ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Tye Nordstrom has been living with chronic pain for almost 30 years.

    He says the free Living Well Workshop offered by Umpqua Community Health Center has given him the tools to live a fuller life.

    "Good feedback...some new techniques to kind of manage a diet," Tye said of the workshop, which is six weeks long.

    The idea is to empower people living with ongoing health problems.

    Participants try to reach their goals by setting up an action plan.

    "What may be large goals or things that are unattainable, and we break them down into smaller, more manageable pieces so they're successful," explained the center's Cindy Norona.

    And at the workshop, people help and motivate each other.

    According to Norona: "They interact with one another, so oftentimes people will get just as much out of the workshop from the other participants as they do from the information that we're imparting."

    For Tye, it's a chance for him to be around people who understand his pain and what he's going through.

    "There's people in here that have the same health issues as I do," he said, "as well as people with different health issues. It's good to hear how other people handle these issues in their life."

    Tye says he hopes to see more people join the workshop so others can have the same tools to manage their chronic illness.

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