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Living Successfully with Chronic Pain Paperback – February 14, 2012
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Ruth Stella MacLean is a retired registered nurse with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Mount Allison University. She is a retired Certified Management Accountant and obtained the designation of Canadian Heath Service Executive before leaving her position as Director of Ambulatory Care at the Moncton Hospital in Moncton N.B. Canada. Among her responsibilities as Director of Ambulatory Care, was the management of a Pain Clinic that dealt with treatment of chronic pain. Ruth Stella MacLean writes from the unique perspective of a person with chronic pain as well as a nurse and hospital manager for over fifteen years. She understands the medical system and how it works. This knowledge helped her manage her pain but did not go far enough in assuring her complete rehabilitation from a life of pain to a life of fulfillment and happiness. Living Successfully With Chronic Pain has real solutions offered by someone who has lived life not only as a healthcare professional managing a pain clinic, but also as a person who has received the best care the medical profession has to offer people with chronic pain. Yet it was not enough. This shortfall between what the medical model has to offer, and what the individual with chronic pain needs, is the focus of this book. She maintains a website for those interested in issues around chronic pain. www.livingsuccessfullywithchronicpain.com During her professional life as a hospital director, and later as published author, Ruth Stella MacLean gave speeches, workshops, radio and newspaper interviews, and continues to do speaking engagements and workshops whenever the opportunity arises. She’s a published fiction author under her pseudonym, Stella MacLean. She is presently under contract for two more Super Romance Books to be published by Harlequin. If you’d like to know more about her career as a fiction author, please visit; www.stellamaclean.com
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I have highlighted all the parts that really hit home for me and plan to go back and make specific notes in the margins and answer the variety of questions she asks along the way in her book. Then I will pass it to my CLOSE loved ones because I really believe it will help them understand me a better and look at things from my perspective. It's hard to talk about some of these topics with your loved ones but this book really makes it easier by plucking the topics right out of my head and spilling my emotions into the pages.
The work book at the end of each chapter in most helpfull and it is here the reader can work on their personal invetory. Acknowledge,Accept,Take Control and we all will one day :Dance in the Rain "
that is usable..Didn't really tell much that most people don't already know.
I've had chronic back pain from an injury for 5 years. I wish I had found this book at that time, my life would have been different, instead it took some years longer to face the pain. Even now that I've coped and adjusted and am mostly happy, it was uplifting to read about her experience and where her pain has brought her. I feel very motivated.
Ruth clarifies and gives advice on all of the difficulties that chronic pain introduces. Her source is real life experience with a medical background. She explains the emotional side of pain, while most doctors will concentrate on the physical. Short, sweet and simple. This book gives suggestions so that you might communicate your problems to get the best help for your condition. Explaining your pain to someone else is not as easy as it seems and miscommunication brings no relief. Lots of questions for you to consider at the end of each chapter.
MacLean takes the reader on a journey, shedding light on the old - but true - cliché that there's always someone worse off than we are. This alone makes the acceptance process easier.
Though sharing about her own pain, this book was clearly written with her readers in mind. And for anyone living with chronic pain, this book is worth every single word.