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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Setting, the Shutter, and the Power of Resolution

I know, I know, it’s not even Christmas yet. But this is a story about my New Year’s resolutions from THIS year, January 2015. Since I live with chronic pain, I know the importance of taking an inventory on what I want to do and what I can do. This resolution was certainly both, even though the later has been questionable. You see, the very first time I saw the world through the lens of my 35mm film camera; I fell in love with photography. But film photography has become a dinosaur, so I set about figuring out how to fulfill my desire to capture and manipulate photos using new technology, leading me to my 2015 resolution.

I will learn to use my new Canon Rebel T5 SLR camera!

There is an underlying story here about keeping up with the times, embracing change, and all that good stuff, to be revealed.

Resolution vs. Resolution

I struggled to translate what I know about film photography to digital photography. I even bought the book for Dummies specifically for my camera. My New Year resolution, I would learn, was harder to achieve than setting the resolution of digital photographs.

Having short-term memory loss, I couldn’t remember from one page to the next; white balance, color space, or focal plane, my head was spinning. I am embarrassed to say, I couldn’t even remember how to turn the darn thing on. But if I am anything, I am tenacious.

So, I ditched looking at the book from an academic standpoint, deciding it was more valuable as a resource. After all, we don’t read an encyclopedia cover-to-cover—right? (I have since found my difficulty with this book is not shared with my otherwise mentally sharp friends, I wouldn’t want you to think this is a bad book review.)

Intimacy with the Inanimate

Six months in to the New Year, I set my sights on accomplishing at least one goal.

Trash the anxiety and pick up the camera.

I would soon learn one of the most valuable tools on a digital camera is the DELETE BUTTON!

My Chronic Pain Friend and the Shutter Sisters

Probably the best advice I received regarding digital photography came from one of my chronic pain sisters. You see, she also loves to do what I do. She knew I was struggling, she understood why I was struggling. In one exchange of emails, she asked me a question that would change my world.

Have you heard of the Shutter Sisters?

I had not, but I have now. I immediately went to their website. I bought their book, and I quickly became intimate with my camera. I forced myself to only use the manual settings, and I did what I did not think was possible, I fell in love with digital photography.

The Cradle of Perfect Imperfection
Here’s How it Happened

I found the LIGHT METER! Oh, what a glorious day that was. It was my “ah ha” moment, MY “light switch” was on. Terms I thought were lost to new technology like aperture, depth of field, F-stop, lighting, filters, subject, ISO were all there. It is so much more than becoming intimate with the inanimate, it was like that first time I zoomed my lens in on the stamen of a flower, I was detailing my feelings, setting a historical moment in time, and I was going to be able to capture it the way I wanted. More than that, I found I have Shutter Sisters that can see what I see the instant before I release that shutter. They get why I do what I do as a writer of self-help books too. 

These people, my fellow passion driven brothers and sisters, understand that automatic doesn’t always emote what I am trying to capture. To me, imperfection often brings clarity, character, and a feeling of that moment that will forever be etched in my mind, in my heart, and in my soul.

Miles to Go before I Sleep

Those words, “miles to go before I sleep” (thank you Robert Frost) can mean many things to those of us who live with daily pain, but in the context of this blog, it simply means that for all I have learned, for all I have regained, I have so much more to accomplish. That’s the beauty of it. I am a work in progress and so is my photography.

So, before you give up my friend, know that your “ah ha” moment is coming, but you can’t have it if you give aren't determined.

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.”

~Thomas A. Edison

Thank you Thomas Edison, the brilliance of your wisdom continues to light the world and guide me as I embrace the power of perseverance.

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain ProAdvocate

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Stop Discrimination against My Sisters in Pain, Sign the Petition

Are you a woman in pain? I am. My sisters, we have been identified in the Institute of Medicine Report, “Relieving Pain in America…” as an under-served community that is discriminated against when it comes to treating our chronic pain. It’s time for that to stop!

I have experienced pain most of my life. I had my first cystoscopy at age five. At puberty, I developed migraine headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. I have lived with premature degenerative disc and spinal disease for 30+ years, and have come to know other chronic pain and health issues intimately, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, Hashimoto’s, ME/CFS, post herpatic neuralgia, and interstitial cystitis.  After having extensive shoulder surgeries, I returned to work as a nurse (considered to be as physically demanding as that of a construction worker). I paid my own way as a single mom with two small children. I was board certified in emergency nursing and I was an expert witness as a legal nurse consultant. I was a typical type A. But eventually, my ability to keep up - caught up with me.

I will never forget the words on my neurocognitive exam report, which concluded I have significant short-term memory loss compared to others my age and education. I didn't need a report to tell me that. I knew I was slipping. But the hardest thing to bear were the words that said I would be a danger to patients. You see, I was expecting my symptoms would lead to a treatable diagnosis. I would get fixed, and I would get back to a job I loved dearly. After all, I pushed through any obstacle in life. But, it was not to be. All I could do now was put my head in my hands and weep.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; 
the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
~Kahlil Gibran

Soon after, I found it was easier to let people think what they must rather than defend something I was struggling to accept myself. I learned the worst, and the most damaging, was not the pain, but the change in the way I was perceived by others. At the most vulnerable time in my life, I had to accept that my family, friends, colleagues, and physicians had forgotten about the person I once was. Through therapy, I learned the very same people that criticized me for seeking pain care, would indeed do the same in my position. I learned that chronic pain could only be appreciated if you experience it. I learned that I needed to be compassionate with my otherwise healthy friends and family, because they have no control over their perceptions anymore than I have control over my pain. But I also learned there is no free ticket to being a bully, which resulted in learning the importance of choosing my friends wisely. 

Women are caretakers, not the other way around. Maybe when we step outside that role, bias emerges. But, as human beings, we all deserve to be treated with the same respect and to have access to the same pain care. I could tell horror stories about the abusive comments and treatment I have suffered at the hands of those who took an oath to do no harm. But from adversity comes opportunity. I took control, and over a decade later, I now have a great team of healthcare providers. But, because of the amount of time it took to find providers with whom I could build mutual trust, I fear what will happen when my husband and I relocate. At my age, I will be dead if it takes that long again. This should not be the case. Regardless of our socioeconomic status, race, gender or where we live in this country, we should all have access to the same pain care and be treated with the dignity and respect we deserve. 

If you are a person living with pain or a caretaker, male or female, stand with your sisters in pain become the catalyst for making a difference. Stand with us as an advocate for changing pain care for women. We are in this fight together and we must serve our compassion by being supportive to one another. 

Cynthia Toussaint has made it easy for us to speak up. Please take a minute, that’s all it takes, and sign this most important petition.

End Pain Care Bias Toward Women 

In Chronic Pain

(click on the title)

Don’t stop here. Share often and cast your net beyond the horizon.

In healing and hope, Celeste

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain ProAdvocate

Learn more about what you can do to help your body function to its potential in the books you can find here on Celeste's  blog

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trick or Treat: Causes, Symptoms, and Remedies for Foot Pain

Our feet are very important parts of our body, after all, they provide a platform so we can to move around, and they provide our body with the balance we need to perform many tasks… So what are the causes of foot pain? Check out my article on Health Central “What’sCausing My Feet to Hurt!”

Foot pain can vary from mildly annoying, to extremely severe. When you think about it, they are one of our best supporters. So, how can we support them? Read about the many factors that can perpetuate foot pain and what you can do to help them out in “How to Report Foot Pain Symptoms.”

Taking the next step could mean a difference in what treatments are helpful for you and your feet. And that next step means knowing the right treatment, because treatment plans can vary widely depending on the cause. Tread lightly, safely, and aware this Halloween. Trick or Treat? “Treatment Options for Foot Pain: How toCare for Our Feet.”

In healing and hope, Celeste

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  

Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, FALL DEVOTIONS now available in paperback in Canada!

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You can read more about the book on Celeste's website, here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Chronic Pain Month Goes Out with the Blood Moon by Celeste Cooper

Blood Moon (c) Celeste's Photo Gallery
What a phenomenon many of us had the opportunity to witness on September 28th, a total eclipse of the moon, a blood moon. And, I captured it with my own camera. What a way to mark the ending of chronic pain awareness month.

This September was full of events offered by various advocacy associations. This advocate wants to share with you her contributions to chronic pain awareness and education on various pain topics.

Scroll on down and you will find a poem written this summer that shares my intimate thoughts on our earth and its treasures.

September 2015

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August 2015

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June 2015

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May 2015


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April 2015

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February 2015

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January 2015


Where the Earth Meets Sky© by Celeste Cooper

The lodge pole pines tremble in anticipation
And their needles whisper in the wind.
Swaying to the orchestra of creation,
Their fragrance teases the tip of my nose.
It’s evening here where the earth meets the sky.

A graceful wind dances across my face.
It coaxes my senses to receive the invitation
To be awakened by the elegance of its finagling.
Pines swirl, their majestic crowns inviting me to join,
Taking my senses, together the earth meets the sky.

The wind washes upwards creating a sense of need,
And distant thunder keeps time with the universe.
Clouds anticipate their release upon the ground,
So they can move on—and let the night come alive.
Mingling constellations wait for the earth to greet the sky.

Listen, percussion from the wings of hummingbirds
Brushing across the cymbals of space and time.
Chipmunks chatter a crescendo of urgent messages.
The elk bugle for their mate and coyotes howl,
Extraordinary harmony as earth reaches for the sky.

This place is alive with spirit, life, and understanding.
Here is where the earth rises up to greet eternity.
A feeling of unison, and a guttural understanding,
Ours if we embrace the trembles, the orchestra, senses—
They come alive here where spirit resides between earth and sky.

Don’t forget to check out our book Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, FALL DEVOTIONS. It’s time to begin daily activities and inspiration for the fall season.

In healing and hope, Celeste

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain ProAdvocate

Learn more about what you can do to help your body function to its potential in the books you can find here on Celeste's  blog

All answers and blogs are based on the author's opinions and writing and are not meant to replace medical advice.  

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Painful Truth: A Book, a Documentary,a Meeting with Lynn Webster, MD

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Lynn Webster for a second time, the first being at the gala and symposium Healing What Hurts: The Politics of Pain, which was also organized by the Center for Practical Bioethics for their initiative, the PAINS Project.  You see, before he talked to a full auditorium of people eager to hear what he had to say, he visited in private with our local patient/citizens leadership group, Relieving Pain in Kansas City. He wanted to get to know us on a personal level, because frankly, that’s how he rolls.
The Painful Truth: The Book

This gathering of providers of all pain care disciplines, patients, medical students, caregivers, and concerned citizens were going to hear about the journey of an internationally known pain specialist. We walked not in front or behind him, but beside him, with him, as we learned about his passion for healing an America that hurts from the stigma of chronic pain.

All those in attendance got a copy of his new book and as we were gathering, I noticed people were not merely leafing through their copy, THEY WERE READING IT! Stay with me and you will find out why.

Dr. Webster’s message is irresistible. He tells us The Painful Truth is not a self-help book, but it is a helpful book. I am in awe of willingness to share his personal stories, his motivation for being an advocate, researcher, author, and physician with a dream to make a difference. He underscores the importance of heart, listening, and understanding that pain is more than a symptom of disease. He wants everyone across America to know the benefits and risks of opioid prescriptions, the cultural attitudes, the role caregivers take in our lives and most of all—the hope of a fulfilling life despite pain. 

 The Painful Truth Book Trailer

The Painful Truth: The Documentary

Dr. Webster teamed up with Craig Worth to produce a documentary. Together this physician and New York and Los Angeles Emmy Award winner and former network correspondent documented important and truthful messages from patients and the many people who touch their lives in some way. The documentary itself is a testament to the spirit and determination this advocate has for people living with pain, the seriousness of not only untreated or undertreated pain and suicide, but also addiction.

Dr. Webster and his wife Holly funded the documentary (of the same title) because they wanted a raw, unfiltered portrayal of chronic pain, a guttural reaction that would create change in the perceptions associated with people living with pain, and those who care for them. Though different in some ways, the theme is the same as the book…

There is a difference between healing and curing.

The Painful Truth Documentary Trailer (worth every second)

The message is one of hope for a better America, one with compassion for fellow human beings, an example the rest of the world can lean on.

Physician – Patient Encounter

Dr. Webster told us the first thing he asked new patients was “What do you want [from pain care]? The answer was always the same, the same words he continued to hear while doing the documentary, one that resonates across this nation...

“Doc, I just want my life back.”

He also shares with us that his patients succumb to a primal release of emotions when he says these three words, “I believe you.” You see, he found that no matter our life’s experiences, ethnic background, age, or religious or cultural beliefs—we all share something—the need to be validated. He knows chronic pain is a thief that robs us of our self-esteem. Sadly, there is a historical—albeit irreverent—concept that people in pain are weak. Some of us are stuck in a grieving process because the healing process begins with feelings of trust and respect; something Dr. Webster admits doesn’t happen often enough. Dr. Webster is a leader in his field because of his education and experience, but mostly because he has heart and he knows how important those three words are.


* The documentary will be released later this year, slightly behind its original production schedule.

In Conclusion

I wake up every morning to pain. On average, three mornings of seven begin with what I call my 4 a.m. migraine reveille. I stagger on swollen feet to where I keep my pain medicine of need. My arthritic hands fumble with the lid as I coax them into action using loving words like, come on you can do it, and sometimes—though I don’t like admitting it—expletives about the packaging. Some days that is the only trip I make to that area of my world, other days, I visit more often than I wish. But I am always grateful for the many tools that help me function. I am grateful to have a doctor willing to work with me without making me jump through a hundred hoops. He understands the unpredictability of the many pain sources I face. He understands that I have no control over the cause of my pain, but I do have control over knowing what works best for me. Many are not as fortunate as I am.

I suppose pain defines who I am, but in different ways. Because of pain, I live a life interrupted. But, I am determined to live a full life, a grateful life that respects my capabilities. I have learned not to take things for granted; I appreciate the opportunity to meet the many advocates and heroes in my life. I am inspired by each, and every, person who is touched in some way by chronic pain.

So you ask, “What does this have to do with The Painful Truth?” It has everything to do with it. Reading The Painful Truth reminds me that I am not on this journey alone. I now begin each day by reading this book because it provides me with the other medicine I need, inspiration—a feeding of my mind, my spirit, and my soul—a reminder of the many encounters I have had with champions, because I live with chronic pain. This is MY painful truth.

Those of you who follow me on social media know that for many years my signature has been, “In healing and hope, Celeste”. The Painful Truth reminds me of the powerful message my signature line was intended to send. Healing is not the same as curing, and when we hold these words in our hands, in our mind, and in our hearts, we begin to live a satisfied life.

If you are struggling to find your place, if you are still working through your grieving process (been there), read this book. Every one of us needs to hear those words, “I believe you.” Begin the healing process; it will color your world with hope. The landscape of your existence with pain will begin anew.

Learn more about the book on The Painful Truth book website

“Chronic pain affects 1 in 3 Americans and exerts more than a $600-billion drain on the economy annually. It is the largest invisible epidemic in the land. Having treated thousands of patients with chronic pain-often when they were at their most vulnerable-Lynn R. Webster, M.D., continues to believe there is hope. Ultimately, a cure for pain will require more research, better therapies, and improved policies. But healing can begin today with a broad-based approach to treatment, including compassionate support from those closest to the ones who are hurting. The Painful Truth is an intimate collection of stories about people living with disabling pain, their attempts to heal, and the challenges that we collectively face in helping them live meaningful lives. As a physician who has treated people with chronic pain for more than thirty years, Dr. Webster reveals the difficulties that patients face in dealing with chronic pain in a society that is often shamefully prejudiced against those who are most in need of our empathy. He shares how such biases also affect medical professionals who treat patients with chronic pain.” Find The Painful Truth on Amazon   

In healing and hope, Celeste

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program: An Interview with Workshop Leader Orvie Prewitt

I cannot think of a better way to wind down “September Awareness of Chronic Pain” than by sharing with an interview I did with Orvie Prewitt on the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Setting goals when living with chronic pain can be difficult and rewarding. Orvie Prewitt knows this first hand, and she knows what a good self-management program can do to help us move forward in our lives.

Orvie is the “Program Coordinator” for the Kansas City Regional Arthritis Center (KC-RAC). The KC-RAC is one of Missouri’s seven Regional Arthritis Centers, which allows the State of Missouri to provide programs and services through the National Council on Aging. No other state utilizes RACs to provide programs/services through funding from Prevention as well as the National Council on Aging and the Centers for Disease Control. It would be wonderful if the CDC will also support the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program because it would be a great fit for their arthritis program funding. Pain is at the top of the list of symptoms for arthritis.

An Introduction to the Stanford Program

 “I believe the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CPSMP) is exceptional because it has something for everyone. Tips, tools, techniques, and more are presented, and everything can be modified to each participant’s tolerance level. I know chronic pain can be overwhelming, sometimes to the point of paralyzing how we cope day-to-day, hour-to-hour, or even minute to minute. But we have choices, even on those days when we convince ourselves we have none. We are presented with basic choices every day, but we don’t give them due credit. One of those choices is whether or not we will get out of bed.”   

~Orvie Prewitt

About Orvie’s Connection with the Program        

Orvie is a Trainer/Leader for both the Stanford ChronicDisease Self-Management Program and the Diabetes Self-Management Program. She originally took the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program herself, so she knows of what she speaks from a unique perspective. Her personal goal as a “peer leader” is to help us understand we can achieve a better quality of life despite living with chronic pain.

Orvie Tells Us about the Program

I asked Orvie for some specific information regarding the program, such as how it was developed and how it is evaluated.

From here on, we will refer to the Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program as CPSMP.

The CPSMP was developed by Sandra LeFort, PhD, MN, RN in 1996 at McGill University in Montreal and that it was later updated at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, with Lisa Cardas, RN of Toronto. The CPSMP was developed in conjunction with Dr. Kate Lorig and the staff of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center.  In 2015, the program was revised for a second time and a new book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain, was written to accompany the program.
Stanford says a program must have evidence-based research showing it is effective before releasing it for organizations to use. In two randomized clinical trials funded by Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) they found:

  • Participants had more vitality or energy, less pain, less dependence on others, improved mental health, and they are more involved in everyday activities.
  • They are more satisfied with their lives compared to those who have not taken the program.
  • Evaluation of the program across 10 pain clinics in Ontario, Canada found it to be beneficial for participants in terms of coping skills, education, and overall quality of life.
To date, the program has been delivered to hundreds of individuals with chronic pain.

Why the Program Works

Like other Stanford self-management programs, the CPSMP is led by a pair of peer leaders who understand because they too live health problems. Orvie says she learns something new every time she co-leads a CPSMP, because the program is very interactive and allows everyone to share with, and learn from, others.

She says there are seven topics for effective self-management of chronic pain, which must be strictly adhered to in the CPSMP.

  1. Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep
  2. Appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance
  3. Appropriate use of medications
  4. Effective communication with family, friends, and health professionals
  5. Nutrition
  6. Pacing activity and rest
  7. How to evaluate new treatments

“Self-management is a key component that
enhances the medical care we receive.”

A buddy system is started the 2nd session of the CPSMP. Orvie says she and her co-peer leader encourage participants to continue to communicate after the CPSMP. However, since it is a self-management program, Stanford will not allow Leaders to collect contact information to share. Someone in the group coordinates this, if desired. And, Orvie says the KC-RAC has found participants are staying in touch.

Workshop/Program Details

Like all the Stanford Self-Management Programs, Orvie says the CPSMP insures privacy according to HIPPA guidelines.


  • Are preset by the Stanford program 
  • Approximately two hours sessions
  • Once a week for six weeks


  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions (book)
  • Moving Easy (CD)
  • Participants can keep materials for their home use

There is suggested reading between meetings, but it is not mandatory since this is a self-management class.


The cost to attend as a participant is dependent on the organization offering the program.


If you are interested in attending, becoming a peer leader, or facilitating a Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program through an organization in your area, here is what you can do.                 

 “ I am constantly reminded I have a responsibility to be an active self-manager if I want to have the best quality of life possible. I find strength from others and it feels really good to see a participant have that “aha” moment when they realize there is something they can do, be it ever so small, to help themselves.”

Three words Orvie would use to describe her experience:
Informative — Thorough — Stimulating

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain ProAdvocate

Learn more about what you can do to help your body function to its potential in the books you can find here on Celeste's  blog

All answers and blogs are based on the author's opinions and writing and are not meant to replace medical advice.  

Thursday, September 17, 2015

6 Reasons You Want This Book If Your Live with Chronic Pain

The crisp air of fall is almost upon us, and for those of us who live with chronic pain that can mean many things. In an effort to help others and myself through the season of harvest and to have daily reminders of things I could do to enrich my life despite living with pain, the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain series was born. I am grateful for my co-author Jeff Miller, PhD and the many people who have supported me by writing endorsements for the book, and for the many kind comments from our readers.

1  - This is a great book, simple and effective! When you live in pain it's easy for the world to seem like it's falling apart. Waking up each morning in pain doesn't really help your focus, other than focusing on the pain itself and then building our day around the pain. It seems that we forget about all of the life that is going on around us and what it has to offer. This book is a reminder of all that life has to offer when you're losing focus. The book is well-written and easy to read. +1 for anyone needing help with kick starting their days.

2 -  I purchased copies of this book (and the summer devotions book in the same series) and shipped them to my mother, who has lupus, and my mother-in-law, who has fibromyalgia. What a nice surprise and caring gesture, they thought. They found the daily devotions to be helpful in providing different ways of thinking about and coping with their pain. Mom is taking care of my dad, who has terminal cancer, and she said it helped her understand and deal with him better also. As a counselor, I appreciate the good mental health approach that the authors take. The book not only provides help for coping with physical pain but emotional pain as well.

3 - I already bought the earlier book, "Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Myofascial Pain", so I got this on the recommendation of my pain specialist. It's nicely done and very helpful. The authors give suggestions, assignments and advice on a page per day basis. I like the format because I can focus on one thing at a time to help myself with my chronic pain condition. I can also go back and review information and rate my progress. I think this is a good tool for participating in my treatment

4 - Working as a massage therapist we see and help to work with other health professionals to treat clients who deal with pain on a daily basis from varied sources. Finding a reference source like this that can help assist individuals to make constructive creative investment preforming motivating positive life change is a gift. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to a medical issue that leaves so many feeling passed over and unheard. I hope this series helps those in need to see that many caring hands and hearts exist to help light way toward happy, healthier living.

5 - This book was very informative and helped me in so many ways as i am living with chronic pain. I am so thankful for the help this book has given me and I look forward to the next book. Thank you!!

6 - This is an "uplifting" book that is well written. I even followed the author's suggestion and wrote my own poem !

It’s time to re-open your book in the series, 
Fall Devotions, and explore again.

Celeste is a patient, author, and advocate for all who live with chronic pain. Read more about Celeste, the table of contents, and endorsements inside the cover.

Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the SeeSaw of Chronic Pain,

You can also read more about Celeste and her other books here.

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