Case Studies

“I no longer feel guilty”

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: Case Study
Photograph of Kirsty Gibson

Kirsty Gibson, speaker at our 2015 Self Management Awards shares her thoughts about self managing her long term conditions.

In the lead up to Self Management Week 2016, we’ll be sharing interviews with last year’s Self Management Award winners, people who attended the awards ceremony and others who got involved last year.

Kirsty Gibson shared her story of self managing her long term conditions at the Self Management Awards ceremony in 2015. Last year’s theme was ‘inspiration’ and Kirsty’s emotional talk really embodied that theme.

Name: Kirsty Gibson

Organisation: NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Job role: Staff Nurse

Describe yourself in three words: Quirky, assertive, caring.

What would your ideal day look like? Having a picnic in the park with friends and family as for once, we have a sunny day in Scotland that lasts longer than 5 minutes.

Has self management made a difference in your life? 
Yes.

What helps you to self manage? 
Understanding my condition and being able to explain it to my friends and family.

How has your understanding self management helped you in your life or the work that you do?
I no longer feel guilty about saying “no” to attending events, or something that I know will do me more harm than good. I’ve been able to get a good balance between my work and social life that allows me to live them both to the full.

What do you think the key benefits to self managing are?
It’s lead to me being more confident within myself and when talking to my care team about my health needs.

What is your top tip to encourage people to self manage?
Don’t be afraid, you are the expert in the condition and know what works for you.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about nominating someone for an award in 2016?
The person you are nominating will be blown away knowing that you feel they deserve the award.

If you could sum up the Awards ceremony of 2015 in one word, what would it be?
Emotional. There is no other word to describe the experience. An incredible amount of people were nominated for awards, and they all deserved to be there. It was a shame that not everyone could’ve been a winner.

Read Kirsty’s blog here https://yourkirstyness.wordpress.com/ (This link will take you away from our website).

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