John MartinezLiving Well Alumni

Hundreds of Kansans with disabilities and chronic health conditions took the Living Well workshop between 2007 and 2012, when the program's funding concluded..

John Martinez (pictured at left) took the course on Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, where it is offered by Three Rivers Inc. Center for Independent Living.

"In the classes I learned how to maintain my health better, and I strive to do this on a regular basis," said John.

Dianne Bradley, Veronica Thigpen and Paul and Anita Bjorling also shared their experiences. Click on their names below to read their stories.


These comments come from Kansans around the state who have benefitted from Living Well with a Disability. If you have participated in Living Well and would like to share your story, please contact us.

How has the Living Well course been useful to you?

  • I try different things.
  • I’m setting goals, planning daily meals, and following the goals through.
  • Goal setting every day, monthly, and long term has helped me. The materials can be referred to in every day life.
  • I take a new look out on every thing.
  • I now set goals and problem solve using the format presented in the class – there was a lot of good info.
  • I use the knowledge I have gained in public. I also understand my rights a great deal more.
  • I will try to get more exercise, take better care of my apartment.
  • I try to adapt each day and never go past my limitations. I'm good at making lists to do then crossing things out as they are done.
  • I have begun cooking new healthier foods. Am working on a budget and trying to find help for medication costs. Will try to find ways to advocate for the independent disabled in particular, who function mostly alone.
  • I will be more concerned about my eating habits as a diabetic.
  • I’ll use the graphic charts to track progress/goals.
  • It helps keep me on track.
  • I will help people whenever I can.
  • I think some of us will continue to do advocacy work together for the community.

    What did you like best about the Living Well course?
  • Learning different things.
  • Getting together and sharing everybody's ideas.
  • The feeling of family we all had.
  • Group of people being able to open up about what they thought each lesson was about.
  • The group meeting, listening to everyone's problems and issues.
  • It was like a group meeting where people talk about what's on their mind that related to each chapter.
  • The group – getting to know other and building a support system.
  • I liked it best when we would talk about stuff and share experiences and ideas and plans for the future. The people added real texture to the class.
  • All of it.
  • The Wii fitness day.
  • Getting to play the Wii.
  • Allowing us to get feedback from everyone in the group.
  • Communicating with others in class.
  • Chapter 9 – “Eating Well to Live Well.”
  • Friendly presentation.
  • Meeting people and working with them.
  • Everything.
  • The fellowship and discussion of very good written materials.
  • The group and the leaders.
  • Learning about new foods.
  • Learning how to live well with disability.
  • Going to library.
  • Getting to know one another.
  • Learning how to set goals; fellowship with people.
  • All.
  • The presenters were good.
  • To know there are people as I am.
  • The info.
  • The group setting and the sharing.
  • All of it.
  • Information and the healthy eating chapter.
  • Getting out of house.
  • Interaction.
  • The people and the help it provided.


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