How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

A Mindful Guide
Narrated by: Deon Vozov
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
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Comfort, understanding, and advice for those who are suffering - and those who care for them....

Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Beloved author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help listeners make peace with a life turned upside down.

In her characteristic conversational style, Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness. Benefit from:

  • Mindfulness exercises to mitigate physical and emotional pain
  • Concrete advice for negotiating the everyday hurdles of medical appointments, household chores, and social obligations
  • Tools for navigating the strains illness can place on relationships

Several chapters are directed toward family and friends of the chronically ill, helping them to understand what their loved one is going through and how they can help.

Humorous and empathetic, Bernhard shares her own struggles and setbacks with unflinching honesty, offering invaluable support in the search to find peace and well-being.

©2015 Toni Bernhard (P)2015 Toni Bernhard

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Most Amazing Insight!

Toni’s words are so full of insight and compassion. I have never found a resource for living with chronic illness which has impacted me as much as this book! Through her words I feel validated and cared for like I never have in my over 10 years living with this illness. Will read again and again for years to come!

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Perfection

I really feel like this book change my life. Thank you so much for writing it. Being young and living with chronic pain is extremely isolating and this helped greatly. I recommend it to anyone with chronic illness or pain. The Buddhist undertones were fantastic

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For those with disability and not

A truly excellent book with tons of wisdom and advice. I really liked how each chapter was introduced with a profound quote. If you read this book, it will not regret it :-)

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  • MJ
  • 10-04-19

Another winner!

This book is nearly as good as "How to Be Sick", though with slightly fewer Buddhist references and a bit more of a generalist approach and emphasis on practical advice. (Not that the first book was lacking in that department!) I'd definitely recommend you read How to Be Sick first (it's more than worth the time/credit), then move on to this book, which kind of fills in the blanks and serves as a good refresher for the core practices taught/discussed in the first book. Once again, Deon Vozov does an absolutely wonderful job with the narration.

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This book will change your life

I come back to this book and HOW TO BE SICK every time I struggle with my existing chronic illnesses, a new diagnosis, or my ongoing limits. This book is a teacher and a balm. More than any other, Bernhard has taught me how to live a full life while my body is unwell. The practices in this book provide a foundation from which true joy and meaningful living can grow.

I (aggressively) recommend this book. It can help you.

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Very Helpful for ICI

I've been living with invisible chronic illness for over half my life and I found this book very helpful. The author discusses mindfulness and meditation a lot. I knew nothing about those things before reading this, so it inspired me to learn once I had the opportunity. This book is a must read for those with debilitating chronic illness.

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diamond in the rough

I so appreciate you writing this book I love it. Just what I need. You are amazing for putting this out there I appreciate it more than you know.

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well thought out and much needed.

i greatly needed this book. as someone who is chronically ill myself she is very thourough and extremely helpful to people like us. a much needed read. buddist christian or not its a good read all the same

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Great information

I have Fibromyalgia. This book will help me put more tools in my tool box of self care.

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Beyond words...

I just finished this book for the first time with strangely joyful tears about it’s teachings and compassion regarding living with unrelenting chronic pain. I am certain that I will be listening to it again and again.

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  • MARGARET
  • 08-18-16

Have all her books and hope there is more

Would you listen to How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness again? Why?

I think my heading says it all.I got 'how to wake up' first as it was the most relevant to me and liked it so much got the others.I love the message in these books , you don't have to be chronically ill to get a lot from them - They are honest , insightful and very easy to listen to.

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The narrator is excellent - love her voice and she is a great match for the material. This is very important to me when listening to an audio book.I would keep an eye out for her in the future.

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  • pamela lyell
  • 02-22-18

A MUST for all living with Chronic pain and illnes

Thoroughly recommend this book to anyone living with chronic pain and illness. she knows what she's talking about....she's lived it and covers all aspects in a positive,helpful. uplifting way. Will keep this one near me.

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  • Abbie
  • 01-19-20

A must read for those with a chronic illness

I have several chronic illnesses, and by reading this book, I felt finally understood.I've always felt alone in my health journey, and I didn't know how to manage my illnesses in my day to day life, as I didn't know anyone with the same illness as me to talk to. This book brought me to tears, as it has helped with self acceptance and love towards my body. This book has changed my life around, so I can't recommend it enough to others with or around people with chronic illness. Thank you Toni Bernhard.