Contest: Win the Book “How to Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness”!

Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years when she got sick in 2001 with what doctors termed an acute viral infection. She has never recovered from it.

In her third, brand new book, “How to Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness”, Toni uses Buddhism-inspired teachings to help those with chronic illness and pain deal with career crises, relationship issues, and struggles with self-blame and isolation. Some of the chapters include “Skills to Help With Each Day”, “Mindfulness: Potent Medicine for Easing the Symptoms of Chronic Illness” and “For Family, Friends and Caregivers, and Anyone Concerned About Chronic Illness”.

And now, you can win a copy of “How to Live Well” from Mama Sick! The contest will run until Monday, November 16th 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!

Please make sure you leave an email address, Twitter handle or website so I can contact you if you are the winner!

Good luck!

How to Live Well

Congratulations going out to Diana Guest! She was the winner of Toni Bernhard’s new book “How to Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness”! If you are interested in getting Toni’s new book, visit her website for information on where to purchase it. Thanks to all who entered!

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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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34 Responses to Contest: Win the Book “How to Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness”!

  1. Julie says:

    I would love to read this book! I’ve heard good things about it.

  2. Shanna says:

    Great author.

  3. Rachel says:

    Yay! I’ve heard so many great things about this book. Going to go tweet and FB now!

  4. Rachel says:

    I can’t get the URL on facebook mobile unless I use the browser and I just do not have anymore spoons left to mentally jump that hoop right now lol

  5. Selena says:

    I’d love to read this book. I shared this post on Twitter (@selenamki) and Facebook.

  6. Lauri says:

    tyvm for the giveaway! fingers crossed for a “win” as I am looking forward to reading Toni’s latest book. I have shared it on my chronic pain fb page — to do a bit of advertising on her behalf (I normally share her psychology today posts), and although I do not have a twitter account it was also shared on Pinterest. again, cheers! 🙂

  7. Leslie Flanagan says:

    I am the proud mother of 15 year old twins. I was born with 2 blood diseases and survived 11 years of horrific domestic violence at the hands of my first husband. These factors now mean that I bleed internally on a constant basis and the pain can be horrendous. I live in pain daily. I have trouble walking, standing, sitting or sleeping due to the constant pain I experience. I am limited to treatment types because of internal bleeding, which can be triggered spontaneously or by shear movement. Therefore, my only option right now, beside my own methods of positive thinking and prayer is the same medication I have been on since 2003. With each passing year and as I get older, I am getting worse. The medication I take to control the bleeding no longer works so listening to my body and acting upon the warning signs I may experience with each bleed is my best option to either stop a bleed or minimize it. What’s worse than living daily life like this is the constant fight now against ignorance from authorities and physicians. If you take pain medication you are instantly an abuser. If you are in pain, you are instantly seeking drugs. If you speak up about your pain, you are black listed, dismissed and forced to either go without proper, dignified medical help or sit for hours trying to find a new physician. I was black listed and dismissed by the pain management practice I have been with since 2005 because my old physician left the state to return to his home state and his replacement tried to force me to fill my prescriptions where she wanted me to fill them. She is one state and I live in the neighboring state. My husband’s job dictates where we need to live not my pain specialist. I have used the same pharmacy for years and they were willing to work with the new doctor but she never gave me the chance to offer this alternative tracking method. Both states do not share prescription pain medication filling histories at present but the head of our PMP system was also wiling to speak to the physician. But, true to form, she rejected that as well. Instead, she politely dismissed me but added that she would be more than willing to work with my new physician. The problem though, no one is willing to take on my case. It is complicated and very restricted because of the blood disease combination. There is nothing documented on the combination because it is extremely rare. Rather than work with me, speak to my hematologist about my diseases, it was easier to send me packing without thought to how I will handle the daily pain these bleeds not only cause during each episode but the pain I endure from the damage done internally from each bleed. I have enough to deal with as a result of my own blood diseases but my children also have one of my diseases and my daughter is now showing signs that she too may have both. She is following in my footsteps and as she gets older she is having more and more problems with and from bleeding. I have enough on my plate. I have been through the depression and guilt from passing on these diseases o my children, not being the mother and wife I have always dreamed of being and not being able to do the simplest of chores around the house. I have lost all of my friends and family members because I am not able to drop and go and often feel horrible from the pain and from bleeding. People have been so cruel to me and have hurt me tremendously. My husband is my rock and caregiver but I cannot overload him and stress him out. I need him well because I do depend on him for so much. I just want friends to laugh with and share things but that has not happened. This is a very lonely, depressing way of life when you are chronically ill and no one seems to care enough to just be there. It’s sad because I have so much to offer and I am not defined by my medical problems but others define me and they too dismiss me.

    • Diana Guest says:

      I’m entering this contest!
      I want to leave a message for Leslie Flanagan;
      I know most of what you’re going through. If you would like to talk, I’m on Facebook under DIANA GUEST, the one with the dogs on my Facebook page. Just friend me. I do care what others are going through like I am. Know that I care.

  8. Sonia Zurita says:

    From vivacious to having chronic pain everyday…thanks Lyme & Babesia…which went undiagnosed for 4 years. 10 Months of IV treatment left my bank account almost depleted. Not complaining because I had money saved. I’m blessed nonetheless. Ms. Bernhard know your articles have helped me tremendously. My girl friend just got diagnosed with biscupid. She was my rock. Now I’m paying it forward. God sure works in mysterious ways. Much peace and health to you.

  9. Therese Corbett says:

    Hi, I would love a copy of Toni Bernhard’s book to put in our ME/CFS and Fibro support group library in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Australia!
    I am going to put this on Facebook as well…
    My name there is Therese Corby West
    Thanks, Therese

  10. Mary Allen says:

    I would love to win this book!

  11. Mary Allen says:

    I shared on Facebook!

  12. Mary Allen says:

    I tweeted this!

  13. Mary Allen says:

    I shared this on Linkedln!

  14. Mary Allen says:

    I posted this on Tumblr! Can you tell how much I’d love this book yet!?!??!? lol

  15. Thanks for the opportunity – would love to win a copy of this wonderful book <3

  16. I have shared on facebook.

  17. Juliemeryl says:

    I really want this book. I have no funds to purchase as my 10 year battle with leukemia has left me broke. My bladder cystitis is making my life miserable. Thank you!

  18. I pinned this to pinterest @harmonyhagger (Prizes we Want board).

  19. I’ve tweeted out this contest – @harmonyhagger.

  20. Juliemeryl says:

    I also tweeted

  21. Pam Albright says:

    I have suffered from chronic pain with bursitis in both of my hips. As I have gotten older the pain has become constant. Nothing works any more and it hurts to walk, sit,n& stand. Everything!! I would welcome reading about new ideas. I don’t have a Twitter account, but will put on Facebook and Pinterest.

  22. Pam Albright says:

    I posted to my Facebook page

  23. Pam Albright says:

    I posted this on Pinterest.

  24. Lynn says:

    I really hope I win this book.
    I shared this contest on Facebook.

  25. Diana Guest says:

    I’m entering this contest!

  26. Diana Guest says:

    I have no money to get the book. The SSI administration thinks we can live on $800.00/month. Not in California. Can’t even buy food. I get 10 days of food then go without the rest of the month. I’ve lost 72 pounds. Haven’t been able to do laundry in 2 years. No warm clothes either. My Husband died a year ago from Cancer so I’m alone with no help. I can’t go on living like this w/o money.
    Sorry but I had to get this out.
    There are no resources available to me, I’ve checked everything. I have PTSD, RSD, & permanent damage from a seizure which led to a car accident.
    Thanks for reading this.
    Diana Guest
    If it weren’t for my Dogs, I probably would have taken my life a long time ago.

  27. I am really looking forward to reading this. I am in great need of learning how to make my life better

  28. Angela says:

    Would love to win your book! I have Psoriatic Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Undiferentiated Connective Tissue Disease.

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