"Healing is a matter of time, but it is also sometimes a matter of opportunity" - Hippocrates
Chronic Illness is a disease or illness that is long term or permanent. Living with Chronic Illness can cause significant disabilities in the way individuals live their lives, their ability to be productive and most importantly, happy.
Effectively managing these illnesses has successfully allowed individuals to lead happier lives with less pain and less limitations. The Breakroom's Managing Chronic Illness Page identifies the tools to accomplish this through providing the following information:
- FREE Support Services (via online, phone or in person)
- FREE or DISCOUNTED Medical Devices for diverse programs
- Quality Physician Reviewed Resources
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Living Well Program
Beginning April 1, 2016 - A new Program - Living Well - will be available to participants (Members and Spouses) covered under the current full medical Plan R, U & S.
To enroll in the UFCW Local One "Living Well" program click HERE
Need Help with enrollment & questions: 1-800-959-9497
Excellus BCBS Case Management Program for Complex Medical Illnesses
Serving individuals diagnosed with a complex medical illness, the Case Management Program provides a variety of benefit management and individual care planning. Services include:
- Personalized care and coordination of services provided by a Nurse Case Manager
- Development of a care plan addressing the goals of you and your health care provider
- Assistance with benefit information
- Help obtaining referrals to community resources
- Ability to be a liason between you and your health care team
- Register or Get More Information HERE
For more information about this program, please contact us:
- In the Central New York, Binghamton, Elmira, Utica or Watertown areas:
Call 1-800-251-78841-800-251-7884 FREE (TDD/TTY 1-888-442-7486)
Contact the supervisor at 585-238-3615585-238-3615 or 1-877-222-12401-877-222-1240 FREE x 3615
- In the Rochester area:
Call 1-877-222-12401-877-222-1240 FREE (TDD/TTY 1-877-398-2282)
Contact the supervisor at 585-238-3615585-238-3615
Speak to a Nurse Today!
If you feel pain and stiffness in your body or have trouble moving
around, you might have arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and
swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such
as your elbow or knee. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely
damaged. Some kinds of arthritis can lead to additional problems in your organs,
such as your eyes or skin. Read more.
Arthritis Learning Center
The Arthritis Foundation is a reliable source of information about the leading cause of disability; Arthritis. This resource will offer information about Arthritis, as well as treatment and management of this debilitating disease. Through videos, research, support articles and testimonials an individual can gain the knowledge to effectively manage this disease and improve their quality of life. Enter HERE
Arthritis Support & Tools
Arthritis Drug Guide: Read HERE
The Arthritis Today Drug Guide provides information about the
many drugs used to treat arthritis and arthritis-related conditions. The
guide gives you the must-know facts, details on dosages, side effects
and warnings – that leading experts in Rheumatology want you to know
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are
tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the
inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. This results in significant difficulties with breathing.
Asthma Learning Center
Asthma is a long term problem but does not have to limit your activities or affect your quality of life. The Asthma Learning Center provides practical, how-to information on topics such as medication, identifying triggers, and steps to creating a personal action plan. Enter HERE
Asthma Support & Tools:
Excellus Guide to Managing Your Asthma: Read HERE
Allergy & Asthma Symptom Test: Start HERE
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) makes it hard for you to breathe. The main cause of COPD is long-term exposure to substances that
irritate and damage the lungs. This is usually cigarette smoke. Air
pollution, chemical fumes, or dust can also cause it. There are two main types of COPD:
COPD Learning Center
If you have COPD, you know how scary it can be to
feel short of breath. Whether you just found out that you have COPD or you've
been living with it for a while, you will find helpful information here. Our
topics will teach you about the disease and give you some tips on breathing
easier. Enter HERE
COPD Support & Tools
Excellus's Guide to COPD: Read HERE
Quit for Life Smoking Cessation Program: HERE
Congestive Heart Failure
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood
to meet the body's needs. Heart failure does not mean that your heart
has stopped or is about to stop working. It means that your heart is not
able to pump blood the way it should. It can affect one or both sides
of the heart.
Heart Problems Learning Center
Everyone can benefit from learning about heart health. If you or a loved
one is living with a heart condition, or if you want to learn how to prevent
heart problems in the future, our topics can give you the information you need.
From heart defects in babies to heart failure in older people, we cover a wide
range of heart problems. Enter HERE
Congestive Heart Failure Support & Tools
Excellus's Guide to Understanding Heart Failure: Read HERE
Quit for Life Smoking Cessation Program: HERE
Interactive Tutorial on Congestive Heart Failure: Start HERE
presents Interactive tutorials on Congestive Heart Failure from the Patient
Education Institute. The tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and
easy-to-read language. Tutorials includes Anatomy of the Heart, Heart Failure, Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment Options and LIfestyle Changes.
Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar,
levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a
hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. There are different types of Diabetes:
Excellus Diabetes Management Program
A program that helps you maintain the quality of your life and in some cases, makes it better.
- Help obtaining diabetes supplies and equipment (often for FREE)
- Personalized care and coordination of services
- Access to educational information and community services
- Ability to be a liaison between you and your physicians office for best coordination of treatment
- To read more about the program click HERE
- Enroll or request more information HERE
- Learn if you are eligible for a FREE Glucometer HERE
Diabetes Online Learning Center
Learn about the type of diabetes you have, how to eat well, control your
blood sugar levels, manage your diabetes along with helpful tips on
taking care of your feel. Visit the Diabetes Learning Center HERE!
Diabetes Support & Tools
Excellus's Guide to Managing Diabetes: Read HERE
FAQ about Diabetes: HERE
Diabetes Support Groups: Search HERE
Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body.
Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old
cells that die. Sometimes this process goes wrong. New cells grow even
when you don't need them, and old cells don't die when they should.
These extra cells can form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign
or malignant. Benign tumors
aren't cancer while malignant ones are. Cells from malignant tumors can
invade nearby tissues. They can also break away and spread to other
parts of the body. Read more.
Cancer Learning Center
Facing cancer can be scary, and most people have
lots of questions. Excellus's Learning Center covers topics including: types of cancer, including
breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and many more. Whether you just
found out you have cancer or have been living with it for a while, you'll find
useful information such as treatment options and tips for living with cancer. Enter HERE
Cancer Support & Tools
Find Support & Treatment: HERE
Coping with Cancer: HERE
Current Research: HERE
Infection with HIV is serious. But the outlook for people living with HIV/AIDS is improving. There are many things you can do to help ensure you have a longer, healthier life. One important thing is to take your medications.
It is important to make a wise decision as to who you choose to treat you. Make sure your provider is knowledgeable in HIV. You may want to join a support group. Learn as much as you can about
your disease and its treatment. And eat healthy foods and exercise
regularly - things that everyone should try to do. Read more.
HIV/AIDS Learning Center
This resource center provides quality information on medication, current research, testimonials, support resources. Learn more about both prevention as well as living with AIDS and optimizing resources to enhance your quality of life. Enter HERE
HIV/AIDS Support & Tools
Learn how to navigate the system: HERE
Managing Doctor, Clinic & Dental visits: HERE
Personal Tracking Chart: HERE
Diet & Nutrition & HIV: HERE
Emergency Preparedness with HIV: HERE
Employment & HIV: HERE
Pain is a feeling triggered in the nervous system. Pain may be sharp
or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain
in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.
Pain can be helpful in diagnosing a problem. Without pain, you might
seriously hurt yourself without knowing it, or you might not realize
you have a medical problem that needs treatment. Once you take care of
the problem, pain usually goes away. However, sometimes pain goes on
for weeks, months or even years. This is called chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is due to an ongoing cause, such as cancer or arthritis. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Read more.
WebMD Managing Pain Learning Center offers quality researched based tools and resources to help individuals better understand their pain, understand diagnosis and tests and make wise decisions about treatment & management. Enter HERE.
Pain Support & Tools
Excellus's Pain Management Guide: Read HERE
Alternative Therapies to Pain Management: HERE
Drug Interaction Checker: HERE
A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to your
brain stops. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two
kinds of stroke. The more common kind, called ischemic stroke, is caused
by a blood clot
that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain. The other kind,
called hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and
bleeds into the brain. "Mini-strokes" or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), occur when the blood supply to the brain is briefly interrupted. Read more.
iHope is an online Learning Center provided by The National Stroke Association. It offers a series of webinars and Ask
the Experts Q&A sessions led by topic experts on stroke recovery issues. The program is
designed for an individual experience where you can learn at your own pace and gain specific
knowledge for personal needs. Enter HERE.
Stroke Support & Tools
Tools to Help with Medical Adherence: HERE
Interactive Tutorial on Strokes: Start HERE
presents Interactive tutorials on Cancer from the Patient Education
Institute. The tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and
easy-to-read language. Learn about what is a stroke, causes, signs, emergency prevention and treatment.
Managing Chronic Illness Video Library
WebMD Diabetes Video Library Enter HERE
Health Channel Video Library
Designed to help you understand various conditions and treatments that
are related to certain illnesses. Watch, learn and live better HERE!