Although Toni doesn't write a blog herself (how could she when she's written a whole book??), I'm sure many of you will recognize her as a frequent visitor and commenter on many CFS blogs, including mine. Toni is always supportive and encouraging, and I've felt a real connection to her ever since "meeting" her through my blog.
Her book explains how to be well in your mind when your body is sick. She explains how some basic Buddhist principles can be applied to a life with chronic illness to bring more peace and joy into life - who couldn't use that?
My copy of her book is filled with dog-eared pages and underlined passages, with pages of notes tucked inside, so it's hard to choose a single quote, but I think this brief excerpt will give you some idea of her Buddhist approach to living with chronic illness:
...our life is always all right. There's nothing wrong with it even if we have terrible problems. It's just our life.
- Toni Bernhard, How To Be Sick
There, don't you feel better already? Her book teaches us how to accept our life as it is, how to live in the present moment, find joy, and banish destructive thinking. I found it thought-provoking and inspiring, and I'm already trying to put some of her suggestions into practice in my own life.
The official release date of Toni's book is September 1, but it can be pre-ordered.
Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. We're leaving in a few minutes to go pick up our boys from their sailing week with their grandparents, so life returns to normal here. I'm suffering a bit from a herx reaction to my Lyme treatment, but it's all right because this is my life, right? I'm looking forward to seeing my boys.