• Review

    How Healing Works: Book Review

    How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal by Wayne Jonas, MD, if you just read the title this book may sound like a bunch of self help nonsense. Anyone that has been sick for any extended time knows that there isn’t always a cure. I was certainly skeptical when I saw this book on the new release shelf of my local library in the spring. I didn’t borrow it then, but it niggled at the back of my mind until I couldn’t resist anymore. The first thing I want to say about this book is that I truly and wholly buy into what…

  • Review

    Chasing Hope: Book Review

    Patient, journalist, husband, father, friend. Richard M. Cohen wears a lot of titles, but is hopeful one of them? After living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 40 years, losing his eye sight, battling cancer, and giving up on his neurologists, one might say no. However, after his interest was piqued in the advancing use of stem cells for the treatment of MS, he might have a change of heart. In Chasing Hope: A Patients Deep Dive into Stem Cells, Faith, and the Future, Cohen examines hope both for treatment of his degenerative illness, and inside of faith practices, and psychology. I knew nothing about this book when it was released…

  • Review

    Purple Mattress a Review

    Last month when our Purple Mattress arrived at our front door, my Facebook friends were scrambling for my thoughts. I told them I needed to sleep on it for awhile, but would be honest when the time came. So here we go, I did not receive any compensation for this review, we just needed a new mattress and now I’m telling you what I think. First things first, sleep is extremely important, and I think having a quality mattress is one of the keys to good sleep. If you have a chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia, which often comes with sleep disturbances, regular sleep and good sleep hygiene are even…

  • Activism,  Review

    Invisible: Book Review

    Living with chronic illness often means having limitations. It means adjusting your accomplishments to you limitations. There are very few things that I absolutely can not do, and most of those are because of my fitness level and not my actual illness. Mostly there are just days when I have to say “that’s not a task for today.” So I get things done, it just often takes me a long time to get to where I’m going.

  • Activism,  Health Care,  Review

    Book Review: Doing Harm by Maya Dusenberry

    On a day that I had time to kill I picked up Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenberry at my neighborhood library. It’s a pretty heady read for something I picked up on a whim, but it called to me from the New Release shelf. I was not even aware of Maya Dusenberry before I began to read this well researched and important book. Women’s health, gender bias, and misdiagnosis of serious health issues can be an emotionally charged topic including anger, sadness, and placing blame. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book…