The world of chronic pain, holistic pain relief, and wellness is a place of vast information. It can be overwhelming even … there are so many options that it’s hard to know where to start. Since I’m a voracious and consistent reader, I wanted to share my favorite 2013 books on these pain relief topics.
And as a person living with chronic pain, I am so grateful for e-readers and electronic books. Why? Because they are MUCH lighter to hold than regular books! And when I’m away from home, I can carry quite a few digital books with me. It wouldn’t be easy to do that if they were paperback or hardback. 😉
This wonderful memoir by Cynthia Toussaint is both excruciating and inspiring. If you’ve lived with chronic pain, or know someone who does – this is a must read. It’s brutally honest and detailed. I couldn’t put it down. I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia in September, and you’d never know she’s been through a life like this. Her experiences with chronic pain and slow diagnosis / treatment will make you think twice about your own situation. It made me remember (again!) how important it is to advocate for myself. And it also gave me tremendous hope!
Both memoir and scholarly work, this book reads like a novel and packs a tremendous information punch. While it’s primarily about chronic illness, the author Laurie Edwards spends quite a bit of time discussing the role of chronic pain in our society. She is both a journalist, a professor, and a woman living with chronic illness. She shows the reader the connections between the consciousness and social movements of the time with the concurrent medical innovations and approaches. I found the whole thing fascinating!
When I was first diagnosed with RA, one of the first books I read (and loved!) was by Donna Jackson Nakazawa—The Autoimmune Epidemic. So I think when her 2013 book arrived, I was anticipating great things. And she delivers! Not only did I spend the whole book rooting for the author to rediscover her health, I enjoyed every bit of science and detail she infused into this very readable book. I was reading this book just at the time I was discovering my own path to holistic pain relief coaching. And it was inspiring to know that there are scientific studies being done that connect meditation, yoga and acupuncture with healing and relief. I loved this so much I bought copies for the acupuncturist and yoga teachers I know!
I hope you’ll read all three books in 2014, and let me know what you think! They are 100% worth your time and effort. And won’t you please let me know the books that inspired you in 2013?
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