Susan Ingebretson is a writer, speaker, holistic health care practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. She is also a Patient Advocate/Fibromyalgia Expert for the Alliance Health website and a Fibromyalgia editor for the ProHealth.com community. She is the creator of the FibroFrog™ (www.FibroFrog.com)- a therapeutic stress-relieving tool which provides powerful healing benefits with fun and whimsy. Sue enjoys writing for adults and children and is assisted in all she does by her 9 1/2 pound Sheltie, Foxy.
Susan Ingebretson is a writer, speaker, holistic health care practitioner, and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Center at California State University, Fullerton. She is also a Patient Advocate/Fibromyalgia Expert for the Alliance Health website and a Fibromyalgia editor for the ProHealth.com website community. She is the creator of the FibroFrog™ (www.FibroFrog.com)- a therapeutic stress-relieving tool which provides powerful healing benefits with fun and whimsy. Sue enjoys writing for adults and children and is assisted in all she does by her 9 1/2 pound Sheltie, Foxy.
I am a Health and Wellness Coach who also healed herself of fibromyalgia through diet and lifestyle changes. I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan E. Ingebretson on my blogtalkradio show several months ago and she was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, Fibrowhyalgia. I was quite intrigued to learn about Sue's path to wellness. Fibrowhyalgia is such a well-written, reader-friendly book for anyone looking to lead a healthier lifestyle (mentally, physically or spiritually). Whether you have 5 minutes to skim the inspirational quotes (my favorite one is "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome" by Booker T. Washington). There are wonderful ideas and suggestions along with a reference guide at the back of the book. I also admire the honesty Sue has as she tells her own trials and tribulations with the various ideas she presents. My favorite section of the book is the Breakfast Menu of acceptance where there are different breakfast choices (waffles, pancakes or oatmeal) to help you asses your level of accepting a chronic condition, assessing your outlook and how you are processing information about it. Good luck on your journey!
Sue's book offers a wealth of knowledge not only for the chronic illness sufferer but also for anyone looking to rebuild their health. I found myself reading and re-reading it. Sue's words echoed in my mind as I was reminded that it's about being practical in order to be successful. If you live with chronic illness or fibromyalgia, or know someone who does, the advice found in FibroWHYalgia is worth every penny and more. For the first time in my life, I am seeing clearly what I need to get back to healing and living healthy. Sue writes in a way that speaks to you, as a friend or as a sibling, and as if she was in the same room, having a heart-to-heart conversation telling you, "hey, learn from my experience."
I am a health care provider that has spent years rearching Fibromyalgia and subsequently founded FibroCareCenter. I also have Fibromyalgia myself so I understand this condition not just clinically but on a personal level. Over the years I have read so many books on Fibromyalgia and after a while they all basically seem to blend together and state the same thing. Repetition can become a bit boring. This is definitely not the case with Sue Ingerbretson's book "FibroWHYalgia". New information and a unique slant on this condition is hard to find but Sue has definitely "done her homework". She gives all her readers a very different type of book here. It is so refreshing how she has added personal stories and a bit of humor to make reading this book an absolute pleasure. Clinically the book is right on the money and her suggestions for finding relief are easy for anyone to follow. When people are done with this book they will certainly understand the WHYS of Fibromyalgia. She has absolutely put together what I consider to be the best Fibro read to date. I am making this recommended reading to all of my Fibromyalgia patients.
My sister has been struggling with symptoms of Fibromyalgia for close to 10 years now and I have to admit I did not truly understand what she goes through. Reading FibroWHYalgia gave me greater insight into the roots and ups and downs of living with this disease. Sue's writing style, humor, honesty, and personal experience, along with the invaluable information that is easily understandable makes this book a great resource.
I would like to take a break from my usual book reviews today and write a review about a book that is long overdue. Actually, this is more of a testimonial than a review, but I feel the need to share this book with as many people as possible. I have suffered with fibromyalgia for about ten years and in the last few years my symptoms have gotten worse and to make things even more painful, I started to gain weight. It seemed like I gained thirty pounds overnight and there was nothing I could do to lose it. So, here I was feeling miserable. I was tired, achy and heavy. Yuck! One day I had a friend request on Facebook from a woman named Susan Ingebretson. I saw we had some mutual friends, so I approved the friend request. I immediately saw that she wrote a book called Fibrowhyalgia. I thought it was a clever title, but I had already read a couple books on the subject and found them pretty much useless. All they ever talk about is medications and I have refused the nasty pills doctors try to shove down the throats of fibro patients. So, I kept reading Susan's posts and saw that she is very focused on natural treatments and I finally broke down and ordered my copy of Fibrowhyalgia.
Very often with books like this I tend not to read them from cover to cover. I usually just pick them up and start reading. I still haven't read this book from cover to cover, but I have read most of it. When I looked at the table of contents, I was most interested in Chapter 5, "Eating for Wellness". I read that chapter and the light bulb went on over my head. I realized that my body was sick and tired of the processed, sugary, unhealthy food I was feeding it and it was CRAVING something better. So, I decided to do what Susan did and I completely changed my diet.Read more ›