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Course Materials

My Tool Box workshops use one or both of the following course materials:

CDSMP workshop  (Chronic Disease Self-Management Program)Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions 4th Canadian EditionPurchase of the book is required, as its content is often referred to during the workshop. It is also an excellent resource pre- and post-workshop. It costs approximately $20. You must purchase this book before the workshop starts, as My Tool Box does not supply them.  Once you are registered in your workshop, we strongly encourage you to purchase or order your copy of this book as soon as possible through a retailer.

We are using the Canadian 4th Edition. Please make sure to purchase the Canadian version! 

CPSMP workshop  (Chronic Pain Self-Management Program): an accompanying workbook and CD are available for purchase to program participants at the first My Tool Box class. Purchase of the workbook is required, as its content is integral to the workshop. The cost is $20. The workbook and CD is also available through Bull Publishing Ltd.

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions was written to supplement the CDSMP, but also has content suitable for those taking the Chronic Pain workshop.

The English Canadian version is available through:

Paragraphe Books (2200 Avenue McGill College, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3P9, 514-845-5811. Order service available; call on weekdays and speak to management)


Bull Publishing Ltd.

The French version is available through:



Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,
Canadian Edition, 4th Edition

For Ongoing Physical and Mental Health Conditions

Kate Lorig, R.N., Dr.P.H.,
Halsted Holman, M.D.,
David Sobel, M.D.,
Diana Laurent, M.P.H.,
Virginia Gonzalez, M.P.H.,
Marian Minor, R.P.T., Ph.D.

Canadian content by:
Patrick McGowan, PhD
Trude LaBossiere Huebner, Cert. T.

This Canadian edition of Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions is a proven self-management guide. People with chronic health conditions live most of their lives outside of hospitals and must manage their medical condition and also complete simple, everyday tasks most people take for granted. At the same time they often have to deal with the frustration, anger, anxiety and depression that may accompany any chronic health problem. This book has helped hundreds of thousands of people with chronic illness gain their greatest possible physical potential and to once again get pleasure from life. Its simple goal is to help anyone with a chronic illness to live a productive, healthy life.

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, Canadian Edition, 4th Edition
Click on image to Order from Chapters-Indigo 

Average Price: $20.00 

ISBN 9781936693498

When facing a chronic illness the most important things to do are to understand the condition and respond to it by becoming a skilled self-manager on a continuing basis. This book is filled with hundreds of proven tips, helpful suggestions, and concrete strategies to deal with chronic illness, manage emotions, and live a productive life. You'll find suggestions for setting goals, making decisions, and finding resources and support. It offers sound information about exercise, healthy eating, intimacy and sex, and communication with friends, family, and caregivers. Topics also include managing medications and making treatment decisions.

Originally based on a 5-year study conducted at Stanford University, this work has grown to include the feedback of medical professionals and thousands of people with chronic conditions all over the world, and is updated on a regular basis.



Rave Reviews

"The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a LEADING PRACTICE program"— Health Council of Canada

"A remarkable resource for anyone with any chronic health problem." — American Lung Association



Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Overview of Self-Management
Chapter 2 - Becoming an Active Self-Manager
Chapter 3 - Finding Resources
Chapter 4 - Understanding and Managing Common Symptoms
Chapter 5 - Using Your Mind to Manage Symptoms
Chapter 6 - Exercising and Physical Activity for Every Body
Chapter 7 - Exercising for Flexibility and Strength: Making Life Easier
Chapter 8 - Exercising for Endurance: Aerobic Activities
Chapter 9 - Communication with Family, Friends and Health Care Professionals
Chapter 10 - Sex and Intimacy
Chapter 11 - Healthy Eating
Chapter 12 - Healthy Weight Management
Chapter 13 - Managing Your Medicines
Chapter 14 - Making Treatment Decisions
Chapter 15 - Managing Chronic Lung Disease
Chapter 16 - Managing Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
Chapter 17 - Managing Arthritis
Chapter 18 - Managing Diabetes
Chapter 19 - Planning for the future: Fears and Reality




Kate Lorig, R.N., Dr.P.H., is Director and Professor Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine's Patient Education Research Center.

Halsted Holman, M.D., is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University School of Medicine.

David Sobel, M.D., is Director of Patient Education and Health Promotion, The Permanente Medical Group, Northern California.

Diana Laurent, M.P.H., is a Chronic Disease Health Educator at Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Virginia Gonzalez, M.P.H., is a Chronic Disease Health Educator and consultant at Stanford Patient Education Research Center.

Marian Minor, R.P.T., Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri, Department of Physical Therapy.

Canadian content added by Patrick McGowan, PhD, University of Victoria Centre on Aging, and Trude LaBossiere Huebner, Cert. T


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