Published: May 2015
Trade Paperback, 194 pages
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
Seventeen years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I didn't believe the first rhumatologist so I went to see a second one who told me the same thing. It was devastating. But I'm not the type of person to sit back and mope. Oh, I did that initially. I was constantly tired and achy and hated not being able to get all that I wanted done. So I did research. I read tons of books and I got informed. I decided to take charge of my health. That made a big difference because I began to make lifestyle changes that helped.
So when I had the chance to read Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps that advocates chronic pain sufferers to become their own Health Champion, I was on board. Although I've led a fairly active life with fibromyalgia, there have been setbacks, such as when I gave birth to my children. Throughout the years there have been times when it was really hard to live with this condition, but exercise along with a healthy attitude and lifestyle have made a great difference. Major changes are hard, though. So when I started working full time two years ago and started my own business, I began to feel the challenge of the added stress.
So this book has come at a perfect time in my life as I once again need to take in supportive advice to handle the pain that comes with the added stress. Therefore, if you've recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness or have been suffering from one for a long time, take heart. Carole Staveley guides you in this easy-to-read manual on how to become your own Health Champion.
The author shares her story of how she was diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain syndrome which, incidentally, also fits the description of fibromyalgia. She overcame her pain by taking charge of her health and she shares these steps with her readers. The first thing she discusses is changing our mindset from thinking that doctors will provide all the answers to taking ownership and responsibility of one's health. This requires making behavioral changes which is HARD but not impossible.
This is a book that helps one work through finding a solution to the pain in your life. I've read enough books in the past to know that the more you feed your mind with positive strategic ways of doing things, the better. Do not give up. We need to get to know our bodies, take note of the symptoms and how they are related to other things such as lack of sleep, monthly cycle or stresses caused by life changes. And we need to work with our health professionals in finding alternative solutions by asking questions and bringing information to the table.
I really enjoyed reading Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps. It made me realize I needed to continue in my journey. A year ago I went on a gluten free diet that made a difference in my overall pain management, but I've neglected to take my iron, drink enough water and get enough exercise. Staveley writes like a coach and I felt inspired as I read this book. I decided to follow her advice and re-think my goals. I've since applied what I know I need to do to reach my optimal health, both mental, emotional and physical.
I cannot stress enough that books like this can make a huge difference for the sufferer who wants to make changes but needs the information and motivation to do so. If you want to take charge of your health I highly recommend reading Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps. I know I will be keeping it by my bedside to re-read key parts that are motivating for me.
Note: This book is rated G, suitable for a general reading audience.
After suffering 13 years of debilitation caused by a chronic myofascial pain condition, Carole Staveley realized there was no “magic bullet” coming to her rescue. She took charge of solving her health challenges and went on to complete an IRONMAN triathlon in 2013. Carole’s book, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps, takes you through her proven 9-step Health Champion approach to suffering less and achieving more. Carole Staveley is President of Inner Victory Coaching, an organization she founded to empower others to become their own Health Champions and reach their full potential.