From medication to meditation, we know that Whole Health changes lives.
Navy Veteran Gretchen Bish has discovered that meditation, not medication, has helped her manage her chronic pain, and she credits her Whole Health work for saving her life.
“At the beginning you’re thinking, ‘This is all a bunch of hooey.’ You really don’t think it’s going to make a difference, but you’re willing to try… and just one step at a time… because it is a whole health,” she said. “It works on mind, body, spirit, but you have to be motivated.”
“I call myself a survivor.”
Navy Veteran Spencer Wainright also believes he would not be alive today if it weren’t for meditation. “I’m still here. I call myself a survivor,” he said, after facing countless medical procedures and radiation treatments.
Want to spread the word
Both Veterans receive care at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Healthcare System, and they want to spread the word about how the program has changed their view of VA health care and also their lives.
“The Whole Health program is a major cultural transformation in which we’re working to change the conversation with Veterans, to put them at the center of their care, to really deeply listen to them,” said Laurie Reisman, the Whole Health program manager for North Florida/South Georgia VA. “We want to provide support for them, to find out what matters to them, what’s important to them and what their heart’s passion is. The program is here to empower and equip you to get to the heart of what’s important to you and to live a life greater than you’d ever imagined.”
Bish and Wainright tell their Whole Health stories:
Whole Health means thinking about and approaching your health in a new way. Learn more here.