Contest: Win the Book “How to Be Sick”!

Recently I read the excellent book, “How to Be Sick, a Buddist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers” by Toni Bernhard. Previously a law professor for 22 years, Toni got sick in 2001 with what doctors termed an acute viral infection, which she never recovered from.

When I read “How to Be Sick” I felt that it was finally a book that offered me constructive ways of coming to terms with my illnesses and limitations! Toni Bernhard’s book is Buddhist-inspired but she makes it very readable for the lay-person. Some of her chapters include “Staying Sick: This Can’t Be Happening to Me”, “Getting Off the Wheel of Suffering” and “Healing the Mind by Living in the Present Moment”. I borrowed this book from the library but this book is one of the very few ones I bought as a reference. It’s an excellent book for those who are chronically ill who are ready to come to terms with their life!

And now, you can win a copy of “How to Be Sick” from Mama Sick! The contest will run until Wednesday, July 22nd at 11:59 p.m. and there are three ways to win:

1. Leave a comment.

2. Tweet out this contest and let me know you have done so by entering again and saying something like, “I tweeted out this contest”.

3. Put this contest on your Facebook page and let me know you have done so by entering again and saying something like, “I put this contest on my Facebook”.

Therefore, if you do all three, you will have three separate entries in my contest!

Good luck!


Congratulations Ruth Thomas, you are the winner of Toni Bernhard’s “How to Be Sick”! Please contact me by email at or @mamasick on Twitter. I hope you enjoy this terrific reference!

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.
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38 Responses to Contest: Win the Book “How to Be Sick”!

  1. Elizabeth Maita Sano says:

    Sounds interesting and I would like to get a copy of this too! Doctor recommends I see neurologist. Upper body (shoulders, arms) regularly achy, pain in area. Already diagnosed with Hashimotos (many years). Reynauds, nodules on thyroid. Often feel debilitating fatigue/tire easily – used to be so energetic.

    Thanks for your page.

  2. Veronica Hill says:

    I’ve always wanted to read this book!

  3. Julie Gallagher says:

    I would love to read this book. I’ve recently been diagnosed with fibro and I’m learning how to come to terms with it.

  4. Julie Gallagher says:

    And I just shared the contest on my FB page. 🙂

  5. Nikii Evans says:

    On social media I’ve seen quite a few reviews by other spoonies, so I’ve been waiting to get my hands in copy. I’m fairly new to being sick as I was only diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in January.

  6. Jeni says:

    Hi Emily, thanks for giving away a copy of Toni’s excellent book, “How To Be Sick”. It’s an excellent resource. I love to hand out copies to people I meet who are interested in reading it!

  7. Cathy Taylor says:

    I am sharing this on Facebook. This is a great book. I will pass it on to someone I think might benefit from it if I win.

  8. Mary Edwards says:

    Mamasick, thank you for sponsoring the contest. I would love to win this book. I have a chronic illness and so does my adult son.

  9. Libby T. says:

    This book is on my want-to-read list. Looks like a good book!

  10. Jane says:

    I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance.

  11. Zoann Murphy says:

    Thank goodness for Toni Bernhard! Her writing is inspiring without being condescending. I love her book “How to Wake Up” also. I have multiple chronic illnesses including (but not limited to) asthma, Cushing’s Syndrome, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and fibromyalgia.

  12. Kasha says:

    I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time! Shared this on both facebook and twitter.

  13. Dini Plotkin says:

    This book has been on my to read list! I was diagnosed with CFS when I was in my early 20s. I’ve had it for 8 years now & I feel like I’ve never really come to terms with it.

  14. Dini Plotkin says:

    “I put this contest on my Facebook”.

  15. Angie says:

    I can’t believe I never heard about this book! I’ve been trying to adapt for four years and still can’t get there. I’ve never been patient, so I’m probably the worst chronic pain and degenerative disease patient possible. Thanks for recommending this book and sponsoring a giveaway!

  16. Angie says:

    Chronic pain has not affected my competitive spirit, so I also shared on FB 😉
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  17. Angie says:

    AND Twitter!
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  18. Aly says:

    Yay this is on the top of my list!

  19. Aly says:

    Posted on twitter

  20. Aly says:

    Posted on Facebook

  21. Ruth Thomas says:

    I enjoyed the spirit of this site and all the “visual beauty” 🙂

  22. Ruth Thomas says:

    I posted this on my FB and left reply 🙂

  23. mary harwell says:

    Would love to win this book-so I posted, tweeted and commented!!

  24. Julie says:

    This book has been on my “to read” list for too long. I’d love a copy!
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  25. Cassidy mccarthy says:

    I absolutely love your books! They help so much. I have Lyme and I’m trying to become a veterinarian. A lot of sleepless painful nights.

  26. Melanie says:

    I think I need this book, haha, as my life is falling apart because of this horrible Illness. Thank you.

  27. Melanie says:

    Shared on Twitter

  28. Melanie says:

    Shared on FB

  29. Brittany W says:

    This was a really good book. We read it in one of my book clubs a while back.
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  30. Sue says:

    Sound like a great book, would love to read it.
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  31. Ashley says:

    I have been wanting to read this book! I will definitely be sharing!

  32. Elizbeth says:

    In the event you don’t have enough chips to call somebody’s raises, or wager, anyone still can call these.
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