Review: How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness by Toni Bernhard

This book is a MUST READ for anyone with chronic pain/illness and those that love them and treat them in any capacity.  Although it is written from a Buddhist perspective, this book is accessible to anyone of any faith or no faith practice. Toni Bernhard herself has a chronic illness, so she knows of what she speaks; which is nice because those of us with chronic illness have been talked at enough by people who don’t know how it feels!

So completely practical, this book talks about skills to help with daily life; mindfulness and how it can help; working with thoughts and feelings, and isolation and loneliness.  In addition, she covers a number of unique and special challenges that people who fall in these categories face and gives advice and practical practices for living well.

Finally, there are chapters for family/friends/caregivers and also some advice to those who are lucky enough to still be healthy.

I do have a summary for purchase for $3 if you don’t have time to immediately read this book; but I do recommend you purchase a copy from the link below if you have any clients or loved ones that fall in this category.  Even if they won’t read it, you should.