As a sufferer of chronic pain, I was very interested in reading Hurting Like Hell, Living With Gusto by Victoria Stopp. The title captured my attention…Living With Gusto? Have to find out how she does it.
Be proactive in your treatment.
That is probably the biggest tip that Victoria Stopp shared in her book, Hurting Like Hell: Living With Gusto.
I find that doctors don’t always tell us what we need to hear. Do we not ask the right questions? Being knowledgeable about your problems can make your doctor visits and treatment better, helping you by being involved in solving the problem, or coming as close as possible.
Pills treat the symptoms, but are not a cure. Victoria knows that all too well, as do we all, if you think about it. It’s hard to ask for help for something as simple as making a bed, so too often she paid the price for doing it herself. I’m sure a lot of us have done the same thing. I know I have.
Pain affects every aspect of her life, my life and maybe even yours. What is it like to not feel pain? I know Victoria would like that answer and so would I. It’s so easy for me to relate to her story, because I too suffer from chronic pain and am searching for answers. I don’t know what it would be like to have no pain. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lay down to sleep, no tossing and turning, and get more than three hours at a time. To be able to do something as simple as turn my head without pain stopping me in my tracks. To be able to look up, without stabbing muscle spasms.
Options, options, options. Seek out ones that work for you, and that is what Victoria Stopp has done. Victoria shares her thoughts and experiences about living with pain and keeping your love of life alive.
I have much respect and admiration for Victoria Stopp. She has a passion for running and life, and no pain can ‘Stopp’ her. She does live her life with gusto! Nothing stops her from living her life to the fullest and seeking out the answers that will work for her. This book confirmed for me that I am not alone in my suffering, that it is possible to do the things I love to do, and be proactive in finding answers that make my quality of life better. I love that she has not lost her sense of humor and it shows in her writing style.
Victoria shares some references to books that have helped her improve her quality of life. I will definitely be checking them out.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Hurting Like Hell: Living With Gusto by Victoria Stopp, supplied by her publisher, McFarland.
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