Living with Chronic Illness

Introduction to the program “Let’s talk about living better with a chronic illness”

Living with chronic illness is a challenge. The person affected and their loved ones must deal with its consequences every day. But even if you are affected by a health problem such as heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, post polio syndrome, chronic anemia (sickle cell, thalassemia), HIV, asthma or arthritis, it is possible to find strategies and overcome the difficulties of everyday life.

Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto offers a free program to help people living with chronic illness and those around them. You will learn to cope and overcome the challenges of everyday life.

Our program consists of the following topics:

  • Enlightening information meetings
  • Various community workshops
  • Specialized health coaching

Why this program?

This program was launched following discussions held at Afro-Caribbean dinners, community workshops and other Centre Francophone events over the past three years.

What is a chronic disease?

According to the World Health Organization, a chronic disease is a health problem that requires care for several years. Some mental illnesses – such as depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder – are also considered chronic health problems.

At home, chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability. Cancer is responsible for the majority of deaths followed by heart disease. Stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease (COPD) and diabetes are also among the leading causes of death.

Find the chart reporting the leading causes of death in 2013 in Canada on the Canadian government website.

Call 416 922-2672 to register, make an appointment or ask questions.

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