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About the Author

Kat Elton has a master's degree in occupational therapy from New York University and currently is honored to work with veterans at the Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital. She is also co-owner of Healthy Steps, a wellness consulting company which specializes in assisting people in reaching optimal health. She wrote this book because she knows that, although it isn't easy, moving beyond disease and into a well lived life is important for everybody, regardless of their circumstance. She has more than twelve years experience in the health care field and thirty eight years experience living with rheumatoid arthritis. Kat lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her dog Jasper who provides comic relief every day. To contact Kat visit www.KatElton.com.
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: kathryn elton (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615289231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615289236
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kat Elton, OTR has a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in occupational therapy. She has more than 12 years experience in the health care field and 39 years experience living with rheumatoid arthritis. Her latest book, A RESILIENT LIFE: Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive, with Rheumatoid Arthritis, takes a rational approach to the complex problem of living resiliently in the face of chronic illness. She gives the millions of people with rheumatoid arthritis concrete knowledge and ideas for handling the ups and downs of the disease.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Caranne on June 10, 2010
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There are positive and negative aspects to living with rheumatoid arthritis. I've had the disease for over 36 years and there are times I'm still amazed. Learning to thrive along with the ups and downs is always challenging. There are books written on how to do it -- but everyone experiences their journey with rheumatoid arthritis their way. I've read books -- even written one myself. Occasionally there is a book that stands above the rest and really resonates -- a must read. "A Resilient Life" by Kat Elton, OTR, is that book. ~ Carol Eustice ([...] Guide to Arthritis - [...])
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann Hurley on April 12, 2010
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A Resilient Life is for anyone who lives with chronic pain. Kat shares her personal journey with rheumatoid arthritis from childhood to adulthood. From "just suck it up" to taking charge of her disease by learning to be her own best friend. She covers relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, doctors, and the impact all of them have on her life, her self worth, and living with rheumatoid arthritis. She summarizes chapters and provides worksheets to guide you toward an understanding of your own pain and how to live life well with it.

I loaned my copy to a friend with osteo arthritis. She loved it and showed it to her rheumatologist who is recommending it to her patients. My friend just ordered her own copy so she can use the work sheets and highlight everthing that is important for her to live life well with her disease.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Girl on November 26, 2010
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I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis about a year ago. It has been a learning process,discovering what this disease can do to your body. It can also be depressing. This book explains it all - the pain, frustration and adjustments in life. It tells you how you feel, how you will feel and how you can learn to thrive as this disease runs throughout your body. I have learned a lot of interesting information about exercise, the drugs you will be given and the devices you can use to make your life easier. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who suffers with this disease! I would give it 10 stars if I could!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sue Allison on September 22, 2010
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This book provides excellent ideas and stratigies for those of us who deal with chronic health challenges. The work sheets really motivated me to see my illness in a new light and to adopt a very different attitude when I go to see my doctor. At the end of my last appointment I felt that I had more control in the situation and came away from it feeling that a new, positive realtionship had been established, a relationship that really inclued me! Great tips, great ideas and very positive suggestions for creating a resilient life are present on each page of this wonderful book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Tye on December 2, 2010
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I love this book because the author strikes a moving balance between sharing personal experiences and medically telling it like it is. The author's message reads like it is coming from a friendly ally, who knows how to support a person seeking comfort, reassurance, and knowledge. I highly recommend this book to anyone who deals with chronic pain, and/or wants to explore the realms of holistic healing as a supplement to Western medicine modalities.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roz Hamman RPT on October 2, 2010
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This is an excellent book for health care professionals who deal with those with chronic pain or any pain at all. I have known the author for many years and she has studied and explored all the options and approaches. She truly is a shining example of someone who has gone for the gusto and lived life to the fullest in spite of pain and deformity. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 10, 2010
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Arthritis proves to be a plague on many individuals of any age, but you can hope for more than just tolerating the pain. "A Resilient Life: Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive, with Rheumatoid Arthritis" is a guide for living with arthritis in a way where it doesn't shut down one's life and so that one can live to their fullest. Written by an occupational therapist and lifelong sufferer, she gives much advice on overcoming it. "A Resilient Life" is an excellent read for other sufferers, highly recommend.
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