How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness - Praise

A Mindful Guide

Comfort, understanding, and advice for those who are suffering—and those who care for them.



352 pages, 6x9 inches


ISBN 9781614292487

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“Toni’s writing is like a complex patterned Persian carpet. You can stand back and admire the whole, or you can focus on particularly finely worked sections, and enjoy them in their own right…In short, I whole-heartedly recommend this book for anyone seeking guidance on improving their quality of life here and now.”InterAction

“Will prove to be an invaluable read for anyone suffering from a chronic illness or who has care-giver responsibilities for such a person.”—Midwest Book Review

“This book is a treasure trove of advice, wisdom, and pragmatic information.”—Mindfulness Matters on BeliefNet

“There’s no one who understands the frustrations of being unfairly stymied in your life by an illness as well as Bernhard, but who offers a hopeful perspective without charging you with a bunch of actions that promises a “cure” like so many other self-help books do.”—Everyday Health

“There is wisdom in this book for everyone.”—PsychCentral

“From the midst of suffering, Toni is generous and clear. This book is a bountiful gift to caregivers too, so they can keep giving when they’ve given just about everything.”—

]Practical and reassuring, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness is the book I wish I'd had when I began my journey with chronic pain.”—Shyness Is Nice at Psychology Today

“This book is so honest, so real, and so practical, it is a must have for everyone, patient and caregiver alike. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.”—American Chronic Pain Association

“In this comprehensive book, an empathetic Bernhard offers guidance to those whose lives have been turned upside down by illness. An excellent firsthand instruction for anyone dealing with a debilitating illness.”—Booklist

“Toni Bernhard shares her own powerful experience of how mindfulness practice can deeply support anyone with chronic illness.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness

“Warm, stunningly comprehensive, wise, and practical.”—Carlin Flora, author of Friendfluence

“Practical and inspiring teachings for both those who have chronic illness and for everyone who suffers and struggles in their lives.”—Mary Beth Orr, teacher at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation

“Toni Bernhard guides us in navigating the physical and emotional rough waters of chronic illness. In reading her book, you’ll feel accompanied, understood, and guided by the heart wisdom of a trustworthy friend.”—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

“Toni shows us that difference between pain and suffering, and shows us what it can mean for how we live: that our lives can still be joyful.”—David R. Loy, author of A New Buddhist Path

“Let Toni Bernhard be your guide in this life-changing journey.”—Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind

“This guide lives up to its name. It goes way beyond highfalutin hand-waving and provides useable, time-tested guidance for how to live a full life within pain and difficulty.”—Barry Boyce, Editor-in-Chief of Mindful

“The overarching message for those with chronic illness—and for all the rest of us as well—is that self-compassion is the most reliable refuge. Toni has been chronically ill for a long time, but her illness has not affected her perfect pitch.”—Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job

“This excellent guidebook is an absolute must read for every person facing these difficult circumstances.”—James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy

“Highly recommended for anyone who suffers from chronic illness and those who care about them.”—Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

“Wise and profound.”—Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion

“If you have chronic illness, this is the book to keep within arm’s reach at all times.”—Danea Horn, Author of Chronic Resilience

“A superb and wise application of mindfulness practice during times of illness, the lessons of this book are for everyone, whether ill or not.”—Gil Fronsdal, author of Unhindered

“With unflinching honesty from someone who knows firsthand, Toni Bernhard’s How to Live Well is chockfull of practical wisdom that will bring light and direction to anyone lost in the darkness of chronic pain and illness.”—Susan Bauer-Wu, Kluge Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care, University of Virginia

“Here it is, the ‘Everything You Ever Wanted to Know’ book!”—Joy Selek, author of You Don’t LOOK Sick

“Clear, comprehensive, grounded on her own personal experience, this seminal book could truly be a life-saver.”—Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center

“Toni Bernhard shows how limitation can open onto limitlessness—how suffering can open onto well-being.”—Thomas Bien, author of The Buddha’s Way of Happiness

“Read this book and garner knowledge and strategies on how to live the best life possible.”—Lori Hartwell, author of Chronically Happy

“Sometimes when we’re sick, all we want is that flash of recognition—the look that says I know what it feels like to be tired; the touch the says I understand what it feels like to be in pain. Toni Bernhard gives us more; she teaches us how to provide this comfort to ourselves. Self-acceptance is the greatest healer.”—Susan Milstrey Wells, author of A Delicate Balance

“If you or someone close to you is coping with chronic difficulties How To Live Well is not to be missed both for its information and its inspiration.”—Phillip Moffitt, author of Emotional Chaos to Clarity

“This book should be part of every clinician’s library and I will recommend it to all of my patients with chronic illness and pain.”—Arnie Kozak, author of Mindfulness A to Z

“No other author I know has written as accurately and insightfully about living with chronic illness as Toni Bernhard has in How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness.”—Alex Lickerman, MD, author of The Undefeated Mind

“Everyone with chronic illness, and those who love them, should have this book on their shelf to refer to over and over, for coping strategies, to increase understanding, and to feel less alone.”—Dorothy Wall, author of Encounters with the Invisible

“Toni Bernhard's wonderfully insightful guidance can help anyone live well.”—Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation

“Bernhard masterfully weaves psychology, Buddhism, mindfulness mediation, kindness and self-compassion into a wonderful tapestry of vital information that will no doubt help suffering readers do exactly what the title suggests—live well.”—Guy Winch PhD, author of Emotional First Aid

“Through her words you will find a wise friend to turn to during both the rough and the smoother times.”—Deb Shapiro, author Your Body Speaks Your Mind

“Toni has become my trusted guide to living with a chronic illness.”—Therese J. Borchard, author of Beyond Blue