Book Review: Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps

July 14, 2015 Book Review, Life Well Lived 6

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.

Book Review: Conquer Your Pain in 9 StepsConquer Your Pain in 9 Steps by Carole Staveley
Published by Influence Publishing on May 1st 2015
Genres: Non-Fiction, Wellness
Pages: 220
Format: Paperback
Source: complimentary review copy
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Chronic Pain.  Everything from chronic back pain to chronic toe fungus is like a debilitating descent into Hell.  When first approached about reviewing Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps I knew I had to get on the blog tour {even though I really try to stay away from tours because of my crazy schedule}.  But, I knew this was a book I needed to read.

At age 18 I was in an auto accident that left me in ICU for three weeks, hospital for three months with a traumatic brain injury,  my entire face reconstructed with titanium plates; I needed a new cornea and eye socket and subsequently required cataract surgery; my left hand and wrist were crushed and had to be re-built and 5 thoracic vertebra were crushed as well as 2 cranial vertebra {I went from 5’2 to 5’1 in an instant – talk about fast un-growth!}.  Although the doctors were incredible miracle workers, there was nothing they could do to prevent the lifetime of chronic pain I was now prescribed.  It’s just something I’ve dealt with.

Fast forward 10 years and a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.  The simple explanation of what is MS?  Multiple scarring of the myelin sheath of the brain which leads to a host of problems, including, but oh so not limited to, chronic pain.

Finally, one of the effects from the accident that I talk about here is chronic migraines.  Did I mention chronic pain is a debilitating descent into Hell?

With all that depressing gunk out of the way, on to the hope-full stuff!  I wanted to summarize how I know what I’m talking about when I talk about chronic pain.

So, there was nothing Carole Staveley could have thrown at me that I didn’t already know.  For the most part, if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I”m a relatively positive, easy-going kind-of gal.  I have to be in order to keep those pesky triggers away, like stress and pessimism and depression and frustration and anger and, well, you get the picture, right?

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It was refreshing to read a real account of overcoming chronic pain.  Her struggles with diagnosis, treatments and doctors were all completely relatable, especially “it must be in your head.”  Well for me, yeah, it literally is!  I’ve had fun making a joke out of it for years ~ yeah, my brain has been bounced around in my skull and it has a few scars so yes Dr., it IS in my head. 😉

Beginning with “discovering your why,” we learn that developing our ultimate life purpose helps to focus our efforts externally rather than internally.  And on to the chapter to “Never, Ever Give Up” that reminds us it is in overcoming adversity where we find our strength.  The quotes included along with the action steps are both motivating and encouraging.

In my thirties I came to the realization that self-worth is at the heart of so many human behaviors, particularly those behaviors affecting our health and wellness.  If you don’t value yourself, then why would you take on behaviors that are good for your health and self-esteem? (p. 19)

A couple of issues I have with the book is that not everyone has a history of physical activity to fall back on as did Staveley.  She talks about growing up participating in sports and of playing tennis through her twenties.  While it is partially an excuse and partially a handicap, it is difficult to put that first foot forward.  Also, her tips on healthcare professionals to engage with is, while fantastic in that it encourages natural methods as well as western medicine, there’s really no magic wand of how in the world one can afford an acupuncturist, massage therapist, yoga teacher, nutritionist, etc.  The recommendation is to make healthy living a priority and weighing the value of missed work versus the value of a service.

For the most part, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps is filled with positive actions to take in order to move from feeling sorry for yourself to making the most of the life you have been given. Staveley has an engaging voice, the book is easy-to-read and broken up into bite-sized pieces.  And there really are great action steps for chronic pain-ers to incorporate into their lives.  I’m not certain the IronMan is for me, but a 5k is in my sights!  Recommended for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.

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Many thanks to iRead Book Tours for inclusion in this Book Tour!

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6 Responses to “Book Review: Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps”

    • Stacy (The Novel Life)

      Thanks so much Kathy. I certainly don’t want people to pity me at all but I do want others to know that I understand pain. I really really do. I can look back now and see the good that came from the accident. It took a few years to get to that point and still sometimes I rage at the circumstances. Overall though I hope I come across as I’ve been there and there’s hope on the other side. Thanks again Kathy!
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  1. Carole Staveley

    Stacy, your story is incredible. I wholeheartedly agree the Ironman isn’t for everyone! What I often ask people is “what’s YOUR Ironman?” Example, for my 85-year old client it was getting back to painting despite having lost vision in one eye! Good luck on your journey to the 5K, and thanks for the comprehensive review. I hope many people can gain inspiration and empowerment to move forward in their own health journeys.

  2. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    I’m so sorry to hear about your accident, MS and chronic migraine diagnoses. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic pain so this book sounds helpful to me. I have a guest post feature on fridays, I’d love for you to write a guest post about chronic illness or something bookish. Let me know if you’re interested. We also started a private Bloggers with Chronic Illness Facebook group to support each other in our chronic illness journey. Let me know if you want an invite.
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    • Stacy (The Novel Life)

      I hate that you have RA. I’ve heard it can be so painful and goodness knows pain is not enjoyable. Thank you for the invite to the guest feature ~ I’d love to participate! I can definitely incorporate both chronic pain and bookish thoughts into a post ~ reading is a great distraction most of the time 😉
      That’s awesome you have so much support for bloggers with chronic illnesses. I’ve only really just begun transparency about my health and any support I can get is so desired. Thank you for sharing about the Facebook group and yes, yes, yes I’d be honored and thrilled to join.
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