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Welcome to My Tool Box!

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My Tool Box is a free 6-week program for individuals living with chronic disease and their loved ones. The program is designed to teach people the skills they need to live well with chronic health conditions such diabetes, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, cancer, MS, muscular dystrophy, stroke, hypertensiand chronic pain. These fun, practical and interactive workshops emphasize coping strategies and practicals skills such as: 




  • Managing your symptoms
  • Techniques for reducing stress
  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and depression
  • Establishing good exercise and nutrition routines for maintaining and improving strength
  • Learning and practicing relaxation techniques
  • Optimally managing medication use
  • Communicating effectively with your health care team and loved ones
  • Managing pain and fatigue
  • How to evaluate treatment options
  • Goal setting and problem solving

    Currently we offer two versions of the workshop:

    • the original Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (one or multiple conditions that may or may not involve chronic pain)

    • a variant called the Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (one or multiple conditions where management of chronic pain becomes the focus)

To register or for more information, please contact:

Dawn Upfold, Program Coordinator

Telephone: (514) 934-1934 ext. 71585

Fax: (514) 934-4413


Dr. Deborah Radcliffe-Branch, Program Director

Telephone: (514) 934-1934 ext. 71584 


         My Tool Box was developed at Stanford University to help people with chronic diseases and is now offered in several languages throughout the world. Trained volunteers who have chronic diseases facilitate the workshops for others. More than two decades of research shows that My Tool Box can make a real difference. People who complete the workshop may feel less fatigue and pain, and often have fewer emergency room visits or hospital stays. Many also find they have more energy and better coping strategies, and feel greater confidence when communicating with health care professionals.







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