I have been a fan of Toni Bernhard’s book How To Be Sick since it first came out in 2010. There is now an audiobook version available, which is fantastic for people who are too sick to read, and we have FIVE free copies to give away!
If you are not familiar with How To Be Sick, I highly recommend it. I reviewed the book in 2010, and since then it has become a reference book that I turn to again and again. Toni writes with such compassion about her own experiences, and gives the gentlest advice. Like anyone with chronic illness, I struggle with guilt, anger, grief, envy, and a host of other negative emotions. It is such a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the physical suffering of ME/CFS. I am blessed to have strong support from family and friends, and I have developed a steadfast spiritual faith as well. I view life as a learning experience, but despite all of these emotional and spiritual tools I still sink into that quicksand of emotional suffering.
How To Be Sick has helped me start coping with that burden. Toni recommends many spiritual practices, but two that have helped me the most are weather practice and compassion. Weather practice reminds me that emotions and moods are ephemeral, and that unpleasant emotions will change, just like the weather. The harder practice for me is to direct compassion towards myself and my body. I can be brutal to myself with blame and reprimands. Toni’s advice has helped me start to give myself the same compassion that I would offer to a loved one. These practices cultivate acceptance of reality (we are sick) without surrendering hope. Although both Toni and I have ME/CFS, one of the great strengths of the book is that its tools are helpful to people with any chronic illness and their caregivers – the advice is is truly universal!
Now Toni’s book is available as an audio recording (find it at Audible or Amazon). I will be buying a copy for those times when I am too sick to read. I also anticipate that listening to Toni’s advice (read by Deon Vozov) will help me hear and internalize it better. Thanks to Toni, you have a chance to win a copy of the recording through Audible.
To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment right here on this blog post telling me whether you have tried listening to audiobooks instead of reading. FIVE winners will be chosen at random from among the comments. Notes: US residents only at this time (we’re checking to see if international is ok). You are eligible regardless of where you live (Thanks Audible!). Be sure to provide your email so I can contact you if you win. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm Eastern, July 21, 2013. Winners will be announced on July 22, 2013.
Five comments were selected at random using a random number generator. The five winners are Susan Sahler (#2), Kathryn (#8), Mona Neikirk (#23), Nancy Lanzalotto (#32), and Valerie Free (#46). You have been sent an email with instructions to receive your book.
Thank you to everyone who visited the blog and left a comment! And a huge thanks to Toni for making this giveaway possible, and allowing me to help out!