Did you know that in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that nearly half of all Americans – 133 million – suffered from at least one chronic health condition? Sadly, things are not improving. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects that by 2020, 157 million Americans will be chronically ill. It is anticipated that those numbers will swell to 171 million by 2030.
If you currently live with a chronic health condition, it is imperative that you surround yourself with people and resources that offer hope, encouragement, and sound advice. That’s why I’d like to share a book that can make a huge difference in your outlook and the quality of your life!
The Art of Getting Well by David Spero, R.N was written to provide those who are chronically ill and the people who care for them with an empowering wellness tool. This book is filled with information that will help you to take better care of yourself and to get the help and support you need on your journey towards wellness.
One reason this book is so useful is that the author understands what it’s like to deal with chronic illness from both a medical and patient perspective. David has worked as a nurse for 35 years, and lived with M.S. for 25 years!
No matter how difficult our lives, how blocked and defeated we seem, there is always a way forward.
It is our responsibility to minimize the damage and maximize our well-being.
When life makes us sick, we can fight back with self-care. We can change the conditions that injure us and adapt to the things we cannot change.
In The Art of Getting Well, David recommends a five-step plan to help maximize our health as we head down the road to recovery:
- Slow down.
- Make a change.
- Get help.
- Value your body and your life.
- Grow up.
Throughout the book, David expounds upon each of these steps and shows us how to put together a personal self-care plan.
What I like most about this book is that David is optimistic yet realistic; encouraging yet practical. He provides hope – but never false hope. At no time does David lead the reader to believe that implementing these steps will result in some miraculous cure. Instead, he writes:
Getting well or overcoming illness doesn’t necessarily mean cure, and it doesn’t mean living forever. Nor does it mean a list of dos and don’ts, pills to take, and foods to avoid.
It means improving our condition and gradually making our lives happier, more fulfilling.
How much our health improves depends on the severity of our illness, the conditions of our lives, and the internal and external resources we can bring to bear.
How much better we feel depends mostly on us.
I found David’s insights and experiences with maximizing health in the face of chronic illness invaluable; I read this book with red pen in hand.
If you are looking for a resource that will aid you in your quest to living a happier and more fulfilling life, even in the face of chronic illness – by all means, get this book!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Hunter House Publishers for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.