WIN A Copy Of Positivity In Pain! | Jenngem
I am so overwhelmed by the positive and exciting reaction to the upcoming release of The Chronic Illness Companion! Thank you for all of your support, guys! To give back, I wanted to give you all an opportunity to win a signed copy of Positivity In Pain, my very first book! I published it in 2015! I'm going to add part of the foreword, which was written by my husband, and of course a little excerpt from it if you're interested! 

Syrus thinks you should enter the contest!

"Once upon a time, having a chronic illness was social death. Computers made it easier to connect, but it did little for the stigma. There was little point discussing how you felt when most didn't believe chronic illness was real. As a result, many fell to the wayside, hiding how they felt, both psychically and mentally.

Yet some didn't settle for this. Some longed for the ability, nay, the right, to have friends and a social life. Like adventures, they ventured into the unknown of the internet, establishing base camps in places like Myspace and then Facebook. They fought hard to establish themselves as safe havens for the chronically ill. They battled trolls or, as it was sometimes, other like-minded groups. It got bloody at times, but in the end, many got what they wanted after all the years: a community.

Before I met my wife, I didn't even know a world like hers existed. To hear her talk about it, it was like it was nothing. Sure, she spoke of the hard work, but tell her she was a heroine in an epic, fighting an invisible battle, she'd laugh. Then she'd ask me what drugs I took. Then we'd both laugh as the E kicked in.

Good times. Good times.

When I think about what my wife when though to get to PIP, it almost does seem tolkienesque. Remember, Myspace and Facebook were once unknown places on the internet. Going there and trying to gather people was like convincing people to find freedom in the New World. There was infighting, sad as it was, but come on. These were politics almost as bad Middle Age Italy. Of course, the troll allegory is kind of obvious."

"If there is one thing I've learned throughout these years living with the pain and anguish of chronic illness, it is pain is a teacher. I'll begin my story from when I was just a teenager.
When I was first diagnosed, I felt lost, misunderstood, and depressed. As years went on, I even came close to wanting to end it all. Nothing good could have come from a lifetime filled with pain and depression, could it? Despite trying hard, I couldn't even attend high school or college, meaning I could never ever secure a job in the field that I wanted to. I felt that my life was going in a constant downward spiral, and that I couldn't catch a break.

So, of course, for a while I was bound to be in a funk about this. It even landed me into the behavioral health unit in the hospital, as well as intensive therapy. This went on for a few years, in fact. It wasn't until my fourth round of intensive therapy that my attitude about pain and chronic illnesses changed. Sure, life had thrown me a curve-ball, but it was up to me what to do next. Should I let that ball knock me down, or should I get back up and throw that damn ball right back at the pitcher?"


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