Chronic Cow

Your life is touched by chronic illness. We help you thrive.

Seminars & Guidance Sessions online & in the Kansas City Metro.

addiction — Alzheimer’s & dementia — anxiety — arthritis — asthma & lung conditions — autoimmune disorders — cancer — cerebral palsy — chronic pain syndrome — COPD — depression — diabetes — endometriosis — epilepsy — fibromyalgia — heart disease — high blood pressure — multiple sclerosis — obesity — osteoporosis — PTSD — stroke — and many others…

Live Better


Chronic Cow delivers training, support, and technology that helps you, your loved ones,
and caregivers thrive with the challenges of chronic illness.

We help medical professionals better understand your real life needs.

We show you a better quality of life with practical tools and active support.

And our solutions are backed by real science and experience living with, and caring for, chronic conditions.

Join us now and begin your better life!

Contact us through the “More Info” button, the social media buttons, email, or call 816-582-8124.


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Get Guidance

At Chronic Cow, we understand what it’s like to live with, and care for, chronic conditions — because we do, too.  But we’re also driven by science, so we researched, tested, and lived the best strategies for living well.

Now, we’ve expanded online. No matter where you are, you can benefit from Chronic Cow™ Group Guidance. Led by a Chronic Cow™ Certified Guide and driven by your needs.

Each 50 minute session begins with an in-depth discussion of an idea or tool that you can use now. Then it continues with questions and challenges brought by the group. You leave each session with solutions, understanding, and support.

At least four sessions per week to choose from. Attend as many as you want. Plus other, useful goodies: print, video, and assessment tools designed to improve your quality of life.  Three online packages are available:

One Month

Three Months

Six Months

Coupons are available for significant introductory savings. If you don’t have one, just drop us an email.
We’ll also schedule you for a free diagnostic session with a Chronic Cow™ Certified Guide to be certain this is a good fit for you.

Workshops & Webinars

Chronic Cow now offers live workshops & online webinars (2-3 hours) tailored to four different groups touched by chronic conditions. Each offers practical knowledge, built on rigorous science & life experience, that you can put into action to improve your quality of life. (Contact Us for pricing & scheduling.)

Living with a Chronic Condition

Living with a Chronic Condition

Your diagnosis and its direct symptoms are just one small part of the challenges you face.  Most people don’t see that.  We do.  We also live it.  We provide a comprehensive set of tools, coaching, and support that you can use to build your better life.  [PDF].

Newly Diagnosed

Newly Diagnosed

It’s easy to feel lost and overwhelmed when you receive a chronic diagnosis.  You think your life is over.  Really, it’s just gotten different.  We’ve been there.  And we know how to help you find your foundation and chart a better path, even with those challenges.  [PDF].

Loved Ones & Caregivers

Loved Ones & Caregivers

If you care for someone with a chronic diagnosis, then it profoundly affects your life, too.  We don’t forget caregivers.  We show you how to improve your relationship, efficiently deliver meaningful support, and not lose yourself along the way.  [PDF].

Medical & Therapeutic Professionals

Medical & Therapeutic Professionals

For physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, aides, home and managed care workers. Caring for the chronically ill and their families presents unique challenges.  Learn better ways to meet their needs — and care for yourself, in the process.  [PDF].

Our Story

Dr Kevin J Payne
Chronic Cow
Dr Kevin J Payne

Dr Kevin J Payne

Kevin has lived with multiple sclerosis for many years. He’s successfully dealt with other chronic conditions, too. And he’s spent much of his life as a caregiver for loved ones also challenged with chronic conditions.

He holds a doctorate in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia, was a professor for 15 years, and has studied how people operate best under distress and disadvantage since the 90s.

His diagnosis with multiple sclerosis set off a series of events that radically altered the course of his life and his career.  First, he thought that, as a social psychologist who’s studied how people succeed or fail in difficult circumstances, there had to be something he could do to apply those research insights to improving his own quality of life.

Then he expanded his study across thousands of studies on dozens of conditions.  He talked with everyone he could who lived with chronic conditions and their caregivers. And he found a different way of building a good life when touched by chronic illness — one backed by science and experience.  He found there are simply different rules to living a good life with chronic illness.

He had, without realizing it, stumbled on much more than a shift in career: it was a calling.  Chronic Cow™ is a labor of love.  (Find out more about Dr. Payne.)

Chronic Cow

Chronic Cow

As a company, Chronic Cow is committed to:

  1. A beneficial, socially aware presence.
  2. Partnering with, and contributing to, nonprofits, public agencies, causes, and movements supporting chronic illness, caregivers, and medical and therapeutic practitioners.
  3. Maintaining an active research & development program in human data science and the analysis of relevant quality of life issues.
  4. Rethinking work and pursuing workplace innovations to further meaningful professional opportunities for those with chronic illness and those who give care.
  5. Speaking for scientifically-informed, data driven, and humane practices, policies, and procedures regarding those with chronic conditions, their loved ones and caregivers, and supportive medical and therapeutic professionals and institutions.

To her friends, she’s known as “Bossie,” the Chronic Cow.