How to Live Well With Chronic Pain and Illness

Toni Bernhard

Comfort, understanding, and advice for those who are suffering–and those who care for them.

About the Book:

“Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Beloved author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help readers make peace with a life turned upside down.

In her characteristic conversational style, Toni Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness. Benefit from:
• Mindfulness exercises to mitigate physical and emotional pain
• Concrete advice for negotiating the everyday hurdles of medical appointments, household chores, and social obligations
• Tools for navigating the strains illness can place on relationships

Several chapters are directed toward family and friends of the chronically ill, helping them to understand what their loved one is going through and how they can help.” –

My Thoughts:

 Toni has a wonderful writing voice. She gently leads the reader through skills, and exercises to help cope with chronic pain. Using a Buddhist philosophy she talks about the acceptance of your illness and the positive outcome that can result. I loved the chapters addressed to the caregiver and I know my husband found it helpful to read. Her advice about doctor and patient interactions and how to prepare for your next appointment I believe to be essential reading for any patient. I really liked her personal anecdotes throughout the book and her struggles reminded me that I am not alone.

Highly Recommend.

About the Author:

“Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers and How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. Until forced to retire due to illness, Toni was a law professor at the University of California–Davis, serving six years as the dean of students. She has been a practicing Buddhist for over twenty years. Her blog, “Turning Straw Into Gold,” is hosted on the website of Psychology Today. She can be found online at“