I have worked in the field of social work for a number of years. At times it was difficult, overwhelming, and heartbreaking. However, above all else, I will say it’s been rewarding. Each time I help someone improve their life, it’s satisfying—I know I’m accomplishing what I set out to do.
I now work for a company that’s a relatively new concept in healthcare. At Vivante Health, helping people who feel completely hopeless due to their medical condition has added more value to my work than I’ve ever experienced before. I’ll explain…
If you’ve ever suffered from a stomach virus or food poisoning, you know how bad you feel, not to mention the constant trips to the bathroom (if you’re even lucky enough to make it in time). It’s pretty miserable for those 12 or 24 hours, as you try to get better and avoid dehydration, all while managing intense pain. Now just imagine that virus lasting 365 days.
If you’re like most, your reaction is probably, “I couldn’t do it.” Well, guess what—many people have no choice. Their gastrointestinal disorder is a way of life, a constant struggle that essentially dictates their days, their nights, their work, their social activities… their entire life.
Despite the struggle, you don’t hear of weekly support group meetings for GI conditions. This is mainly because GI issues aren’t something most people want to discuss freely. They may be willing to visit a physician. They may even undergo medical tests and get medications to manage symptoms, but most find that even their doctors don’t relate to the personal side of a chronic GI condition.
Vivante, the Digestive Health Experts
Then came Vivante Health.
We don’t sign members up to receive drugs or monthly medical supplies; when people enroll in our GIThrive program, we help them regain their lives. Whether we’re simply listening, allowing a member vent for the first time in years, or offering helpful information, our team really cares, which is exactly why I love my job.
“Our members come first,” is a common phrase around here, but it’s more than just a motto. We follow it through by our actions.
Why I CHOOSE to Work for Vivante Health
I love the fact that at Vivante we’re reaching a group of folks that, until now, had limited support. Once, after a 30 minute chat with a member, we were ready to end the session, but she started to cry. I felt for her and asked what was wrong, why she was crying. I wanted to offer some hope. Her answer was, “I have cried almost every day since my diagnosis of Crohn’s, but this time these are actually tears of joy. I have hope.”
This is why I choose to work for this company.
– Susan Fenderson, LCSW, Vivante Health Sherpa
About Vivante Health
Vivante Health is an innovative digital healthcare company reinventing the way chronic conditions are managed. Our mission is to fill the unmet needs of people living with chronic conditions that are invisible, neglected, or stigmatized, starting with digestive disease. Our health management ecosystem, GIThrive, empowers people—through brilliant technology and advanced science—to spend less time worrying about their digestive condition and more time living life.