Friday, April 08, 2016

Book Review: How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Have you heard of Toni Bernhard? She's an important member of our ME/CFS community, a kind, compassionate person with a background in Buddhism. Last fall, Toni published her third book, How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness, which I just reviewed on my book blog.

I have read and reviewed two previous books by Toni Bernhard, who has become a good friend of mine over our 14 years of illness together (we got sick at about the same time): How To Be Sick and How To Wake Up. The first book was about applying the principles of Buddhism to a life of chronic illness, and the second was a more general book – for anyone, not just those chronically ill – about applying Buddhism principles for a happier, more peaceful life. In her third book, How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide, Toni once again focuses on those living with chronic illness and pain, with a more general guide, based on her own life and experiences and the wonderful columns, “Turning Straw Into Gold,” that she has written for Psychology Today.

I highly recommend all three books - I've found them all helpful in improving my life. Like me, Toni has a strong focus on finding joy in every day and living life to the fullest (in her own way), even with the extreme restrictions she lives with. I think this third book is my favorite, packed full of personal experience & helpful advice on living with chronic illness. Check out my full review and see for yourself.

Thanks for another outstanding book that will greatly help your fellow patients, Toni!

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