When There Is No Cure: How to Thrive While Living with the Pain and Suffering of Chronic Illness
Author: Craig K. Svensson
Do you know the difference between a chronic and treatable illness? Do you, or someone you love, struggle to manage symptoms doctors can't diagnose? Do you care for someone in perpetual discomfort? While these realities may be difficult to navigate, Craig K. Svensson's When There Is No Cure: How to Thrive While Living with the Pain and Suffering of Chronic Illness offers a uniquely valuable roadmap. Svensson can guide you on this journey because he's taking it himself.
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Millions of Americans suffer from debilitating conditions for which there is no cure or effective treatment. Certainly, the pain itself is life-altering, but it is often compounded by a complete lack of compassionate care. Physicians are, after all, trained for the one-off task of giving a patient bad news. But what happens when that patient keeps returning, pleading for some form of relief their doctor can't provide? Most medical professionals aren't prepared for that reality.
Svensson's book is part autobiographical and part instructional, with a great deal of encouragement throughout. He relays, with raw honesty, the progression of his pain and the challenges of landing a firm diagnosis. Svensson bravely confesses to the unexpected - and, for the longest time, unrecognized - effects of his chronic conditions on his wife, children, friends and colleagues.
As if believing you are a burden on your loved ones isn't enough, Svensson also discusses the flippant and rude attitudes chronic pain patients receive at the hands of thoughtless strangers. Because of his back pain, Svensson often stands at meetings. Comments like, "Sit down, you're making me nervous!" only serve to ostracize him further from co-workers, comfortably seated around a table, while he stands alone at the back of the room. Even if you're not experiencing Svensson's agony, you are reminded that - all too often - we jump to erroneous conclusions about those who are.
When There Is No Cure is a blueprint for best practices. It offers suggestions for making your doctor truly listen to you, whom else to tell about your illness, and how to deal with its progression. Most of all, Svensson reminds readers that - with the right mindset - you can thrive while living with chronic illness. It is a message millions of suffering family members, neighbors and friends (and those who love and live with them) need to hear. ~SH/TRP.