- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: New World Library (June 5, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608685705
- ISBN-13: 978-1608685707
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living With and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain Paperback – June 5, 2018
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“Shockley writes the companion text she wishes she had after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. By focusing on emotional, as opposed to physical, states of pain — loss, grief, shame, terror — she provides an invaluable primer on making lifelong healing choices.”
— Library Journal
“Sarah Anne Shockley learned about pain the hard way, by experiencing it and being incapacitated by it. But she met the pain, and she worked with the pain, and she is offering you the benefit of her experience in this helpful, gentle book.”
— from the foreword by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, bestselling author of The Art of Healing
“The Pain Companion is a practical, insightful, and compassionate guide for chronic pain sufferers. It is beautifully written and sensitive. For those who have searched to make sense of chronic pain, here is a packet of understanding — a place where hope and possibilities live.”
— Amber Wolf, PhD
“I would call this the go-to book when nothing else works when you have chronic pain. The intuition, wisdom, exercises, and meditations offered by Sarah Anne Shockley are helpful beyond measure and can assist you on your journey to find your true self. This is a must-read book.”
— Michael A. DeFino, DC
“The Pain Companion offers important insights into the world of chronic pain. Sarah Anne Shockley gives a comprehensive and profound look at the meaning within the experience of pain. I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially for people living with pain, caregivers, and medical and rehabilitation professionals.”
— Thaïs Mazur, OTR, PhD, coauthor of Do No Harm
“The Pain Companion is a must-have for both pain sufferers and therapeutic practitioners practicing pain relief. Taking from her own life experience, Sarah Anne Shockley offers practical, deep, insightful ways of living with constant, twenty-four-hours-a-day pain, allowing readers ways to shift their mental, emotional, and physical approaches to pain management. I recommend The Pain Companion to all my chronic pain clients.”
— Dr. Celestine Star, DD, AH CH, BCI LC
“A wise, thoughtful, heartfelt autobiography and manual. It beautifully lays out the negative emotions and limiting habits that so often accompany pain and offers strategies for coping and healing.”
— Carol Banquer, MD
“It is so valuable to hear directly from someone who has lived through it herself and developed an approach to pain management that addresses all aspects of living in pain. I highly recommend this book for anyone living with pain or working with people in pain.”
— Pam Dent, OTR
“The Pain Companion is an excellent resource and companion for those with pain. Learning how to become empowered through one’s pain journey is incredibly important. Sarah Anne Shockley shares valuable insights and approaches to living with and managing chronic pain. This is a fantastic read.”
— Nicole Hemmenway, vice president, U.S. Pain Foundation
“This very important book on making life with pain easier offers valuable advice and ideas that could only come from someone who has lived through it. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone experiencing chronic pain and suggest that practitioners read it to gain a greater understanding of the challenges their patients in pain live with.”
— Tracy A. Newkirk, MD
About the Author
Sarah Anne Shockley is an award-winning filmmaker and former university instructor who has lived with debilitating neuralgia from thoracic outlet syndrome for more than ten years. Because her condition was unresponsive to existing traditional or alternative therapies, she developed a unique method of pain management and pain reduction not reliant on pharmaceuticals or medical intervention. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Retired surgeon Bernie S. Siegel speaks, writes, and runs support groups in his effort to empower patients. His books include Love, Medicine & Miracles and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul. He lives in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
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and others like me who share the insidious isolation, depression,the feelings of failure and the eventual loss of faith and hope.The daily grind of trying to manage the simple, everyday tasks one never imagines would be exhausting, difficult and discouraging prior to when "the pain moves in". The author addresses the emotional issues that are never discussed by physicians. That "friends" do abandon you for being "egocentric about your pain" as i was told by my step Mother...on my Birthday no less. I am comforted by my early reading feeling less ALONE. However, it is the remainder of this book that I look forward to as it addresses coping skills from someone who has/or is struggling. I have been in loops with MD's, Alternatives healing, a library stack of books written by experts who have studied the issue, but not EXPERIENCED it themselves. Nine years now, a botched spine surgery, miserable medications. At bedtime I pray that I remain asleep, let my soul be taken. My body is not my friend, perhaps that will change with the experience shared by Sarah Anne Shockely. Never, ever did I have a situation that could not be solved, ALWAYS there wa an ending to it if I just tried hard and was patient. Not this time. Lastly, when I entered "how to accept being permanently disabled", this is the only book that appeared. As the sayong goes: It takes one to know one. My gratitude to Ms. Shockley for writing her story
When I got this book, I had high hopes. I'm afraid I'm past these ideas, but I am sure they will work with those people with new chronic pain, not someone ten years in. I've tried these, and I am beyond them.
Sarah Shockley's voice is one of weight. The embodies the wisdom that comes from deep experience and the willingness to be both a teacher and a student.
It is no coincidence that some of the most powerful medicine comes from people who live their stated practice. Sarah is one of these people and I am so grateful that she is sharing her practice in written form via The Pain Companion.