Her Book About Living with Chronic Pain Will Make You Cheer

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on Cushing’s Disease and happened to come across a book review of Choose Joy by Salina Gibson. I could relate to it on many levels.

At first, I was going to dismiss it and move on to another article. I was looking up Cushing’s Disease and chronic pain and somehow found the book review. But for some reason, I decided to read on.

I guess it was the initial hint of kindness and love that I detected.

Why not, right?

I periodically review books in my job, as well as for Patient Worthy, whenever I can. I love spreading the love around—especially when it has to do with tender subjects like living with chronic pain.

Ms. Sara Frankl was a woman who died in 2011 after suffering from chronic pain associated with ankylosing spondylitis for nearly 20 years. But instead of giving in to her disease spiritually and emotionally, Ms. Frankl chose to focus on the positive aspects of her life. Her faith sustained her and gave her reason and meaning in life.

I think Salina Gibson captured the essence of the book beautifully and is compelling me to read it, too.

But what really amazes me is that Ms. Frankl’s dear friend, Mary Carver, compiled Ms. Frankl’s blog posts and notes into what is now Choose Joy. It has become a tribute to not just Ms. Frankl’s courage, but to the deep friendship and understanding they held for each other.

I’m going to give Choose Joy a read because Ms. Frankl’s perspectives might also help people living with Cushing’s Disease find ways to positively cope with their chronic pain.


Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone

Alisha Stone has a BA in psychology and is dedicated to improving the lives of others living with chronic illnesses.

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