Finding Joy with an Invisible Chronic Illness

Proven Strategies for Discovering Happiness, Meaning, and Fulfillment

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Pub Date 14 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 24 Mar 2022

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“Finding Joy is a vital guide on how to best manage and navigate life with a chronic illness."—James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

“Finding Joy provides a comprehensive, evidence-based roadmap for not only coping with chronic illness, but personally optimizing self-growth and resiliency from the experience.” —Joanne Joseph, PhD, professor of psychology and interim dean of the College of Health Sciences, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and author of The Resilient Child: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World

* How can you experience those good thoughts and feelings, enjoy life to its fullest, and de-stress when faced with relentless physical suffering?

* How can you enhance your relationships, find support, respond to the naysayers, and possibly even help them understand you and your illness?

* When seeking medical care, how can you get the answers you deserve, and access and maintain quality healthcare?

These important questions deserve thoughtful, informed answers. School psychologist, patient, and award-winning author Chris Martin offers just that.

“Finding Joy is a vital guide on how to best manage and navigate life with a chronic illness."—James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

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"“Finding Joy is a vital guide on how to best manage and navigate life with a chronic illness.""—James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

“Finding Joy provides a comprehensive, evidence-based roadmap for not only coping with chronic illness, but personally optimizing self-growth and resiliency from the experience.” —Joanne Joseph, PhD, professor of psychology and interim dean of the College of Health Sciences, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and author of The Resilient Child: Preparing Today’s Youth for Tomorrow’s World

""Having known Chris for decades, I am beyond fortunate to have been privy to such a work that serves others by providing a timely message, a powerhouse of practical strategies, and invaluable guidance.” —Mark Montgomery, PhD, chief diversity officer, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and founder and chair of Joseph’s Experience, Inc., an organization that assists children impacted by cancer and/or leukemia. Dr. Montgomery authored the book, Painting the Academic Canvas with Students of Color, Assuming you can Retain Them, and he is currently working on his second book, Curing Ignorance with a Dose of Cancer.

“This book offers great value for anyone with chronic illness as it contains clear, practical, and actionable insights and steps that can be naturally implemented into daily life. An engaging, easy, and helpful read. Highly recommended.” —Alla Bogdanova, MSc, MIM, co-founder and past president of the International Empty Nose Syndrome Association

""Anyone with chronic illness needs this blueprint of new pathways to joy. It's a survey recommended not just for the chronically ill patient, but also for the family and friends supporting their efforts.""—D. Donavan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review

""Finding Joy is absolutely phenomenal. Chris Martin's heartfelt approach offers numerous meaningful strategies to thrive when faced with the many unseen and unrecognized issues of living with an invisible chronic illness.""—Heather Lewis-Hoover, MS, CAS, school counselor

""In particular, his chapters on how to seek healthcare and efficiently make the best use of physician appointments dramatically provide a large return on investment from reading this book."" —Subinoy Das, MD, FACS, FARS, CEO and director of the US Institute for Advanced Sinus Care & Research. Dr. Das wrote the foreword for this book.

""An easy-to-read, understand, and very useful resource, Finding Joy will not only lift your spirits, but it will also show you how to navigate the complex social and emotional journey of living with a chronic ailment."" —Kai Zhao, PhD, associate professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Ohio State University"

"“Finding Joy is a vital guide on how to best manage and navigate life with a chronic illness.""—James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

“Finding Joy...


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Too often I have read books with great ideas, but little applicability to daily life. Not so with this gem. Those with invisible illnesses often experience hidden struggles, sometimes even unknown to those closest to them. Chris does an excellent job of shining a light on these hidden struggles – and in so doing, revealing the depth of challenges for people with chronic illness – while providing meaningful strategies to cope with their illness. I particularly liked how he backed up his strategies with research citations and, at times, made references to other resources “for further exploration.” If I were to criticize this book, this book does provide occasional mentions of his Christian faith, although I thought he discussed it in a gentle, integrative way that would not turn off readers of various faiths or detract from his central message. All in all, a great resource that is succinct and practical. (Note: after I reached out to him to let him know the book was largely unreadable on NetGalley, the author provided me with a corrected Epub).

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“Now, 1 in 2 Americans (around 165 million) have a chronic medical condition, in which their illness impairs them in one or more of their everyday activities. Further, 96% of chronic medical conditions in the United States are invisible, making them both harder to diagnose and for others – family, friends, and healthcare providers – to understand.2a As a result, because others tend to assume what we can or cannot do simply by how we look, they tend to downplay this suffering, and assume we are either lazy, irresponsible, or even faking our illness.” Excerpt From Finding Joy with an Invisible Chronic Illness Chris hits the. last nerve with this paragraph. Many people with chronic illnesses have been brushed off, or their illness underplayed or outright not treated. He has some great ideas on how we can harness our energy, what energy we have to take control of our healthcare by assembling the right team of doctors, making the most of our doctor's appointments, and becoming your best advocate.  He also addresses the depression that often follows someone with a chronic illness which can, in turn, fall into the cycle and create more pain. It is one many know all too well and don't always know how to balance the two.  Chris also has some questions for you, to take a hard look at yourself and answer about your chronic illness. I found them enlightening and worth soul searching on.  Being a Psychologist Chris's approach to the book is one of mind over matter. You can change how you talk to yourself and how you chose to look at each situation.   I think Chris says it best, the diagnosis is a step forward, it's not the last.  Excerpt From "While an official diagnosis represents a huge step forward in the management of your condition, it also represents a new beginning in your journey of further seeking help for your condition, not the end. In dealing with a chronic illness, the search for improved health and a better quality of life never ceases. Likewise, despite an official diagnosis, you will continue to confront challenges when accessing quality healthcare or dealing with others, but it will be that much easier to confront these challenges. You have cleared a major hurdle.” Chris includes a helpful chapter for loved ones as a resource and support.  Finding Joy with an Invisible Chronic Illness is a great find, one for all to read, the patient, the loved one, and family members. It is a simple and very practical approach to taking control by understanding how we think and what we have control over when it comes to our chronic condition and healthcare treatment.  Enjoy Reading, Melinda Looking for the Light @LookingLight

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This is a book everyone should own as we are all likely to be or know someone we care about with chronic illness. This book provides opportunities for healing for absolutely every perspective. Covering spirituality, psychology, and biomechanics this book has it all. Though written from a Christian perspective the book is still very accessible and useful to other religious beliefs. I will be recommending this book to my clients.

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This is an excellent book for anyone who has a chronic illness (and even those who don't if only to have more people in the world understand what its like to live with chronic illness) As someone with chronic illness this book made me feel seen and understood, it was insightful and honest. I really appreciated that the author makes early on about not wanting to have an overly rosy portrayal of chronic illlness (likening it to people only showing the best of their life on social media) and that he has his flare ups and that it doesnt mean he's done anything wrong but that he just has a chronic illness. I found this really hit me because there are times when your chronic illness creeps up on you and it can be painful, and a big aspect of finding joy with chronic illness is accepting that this is life with chronic illness and going easy on yourself in those times. I also really appreciated how he explained everything he has gained and particularly how his faith gave him something to hold onto, depending on god gave him strength and hope. It's something that helped me through my own illness, in the depths of it when everything felt so wrong. These days people are so afraid of talking about god with those who don't have faith belittling the rest of us constantly so i truly appreciated the author being vulnerable and sharing his whole truth with us not just some aspects. The author covers many techniques that have successfully helped me manage my illness over the years, one amongst many others being pacing and how to practice it. He covers how we can use psychology, spirituality, supplements, stress management techniques etc to our benefit. There is a section on considerations for people with chronic illness in regard to exercise which i thought was great! For myself i found exercise crucial to managing to chronic illness BUT i have to be very careful about what and how much i do so I felt this section was great! This book takes a very holistic approach to living with chronic illness which is absolutely essential in my opinion. When i first started struggling with illness I was never able to find something that had all this information in one place and even though i've learnt so much over the years, theres still so much to learn from this and comfort to take from it. I would definitely recommend!

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