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The following are books that I have either read myself or have been recommended to me by friends or FMS, CFIDS, and other chronic disease/pain sufferers.

I believe that learning is POWER! Learning more about your illness gives you power; power to understand what is going on in your body and mind, power to take control of how your health providers treat you, power to go beyond your current understanding of things, and especially the power to CHANGE the way you think about things.

You need not read all health-related or self-help books...reading fiction, biographies and other non-fiction books all help to keep your mind sharp. Many of us complain that it is hard to concentrate and therefore we don't read. Please think about this: Making yourself read will help you to regain your ability to concentrate. Choose something that you find very interesting so that you will look forward to your reading time. You will slowly regain your ability to concentrate and retain the information. You will also have a renewed interest in learning and hopefully in life!

If you have any questions, please e-mail me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Happy reading!
-Liz


Mail suggestions to:  Chermoli@yahoo.com

 

"The Secret of Shambhala" - The Eleventh Insight
This book, by James Redfield, is the third in his Celestine series.  It is in my opinion by far the best.  It is a treasure of spiritual insights and a true message of hope.  If you feel the need for a spiritual lift, please read this book.  It will help you get back on track and perhaps provide some new knowledge and a sense of community and oneness with the world.
"Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survial Manual"
This book, by Dr. Devin J. Starlanyl, is a must for anyone with FMS or MPS. I think that this is the first book you should read when you are diagnosed; it will save you much stress and physchological pain. Dr. Starlanyl is a FMS sufferer herself which makes her work very believeable and compassionate.
"Fibromyalgia Advocate: Getting the Support You Need to Cope With Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain Syndrome"
This is Dr. Starlanyl's second book on FMS/MPS. This book goes beyond her first book to give you information about how to be your own FMS/MPS advocate. Another must read!
"Alternative Medicine Guide to CFS, FMS and Environmental Illness"
With a flood of books on the market about FMS, CFIDS and MPS, this book by Burton Goldberg, has been described as "the most comprehensive and up to date of the lot." This books emphasizes treatment and the immune system more than other books.
"The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari"
Robin S. Sharma has written a wonderful book about spiritual growth and how to change your life from empty to one of inner peace and love. It is fiction, very easy to read, and very absorbing. You will love this book! A must read for those of you who are seeking some spiritual growth

 

"Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Healing"
Dr. Christine Northrup has written a book that possibly every female over the age of 12 will find enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. It is a very empowering and holistic approach to taking care of your body.
"We Laughed, We Cried: Life With Fibromyalgia"  Kit Gardiser has created a collection of works about living with fibromyalgia--the daily pathos and humor of chronic illness. The authors and artists include both those who have the condition and those whose lives are closely affected by the illness. Among the latter, a man shares his journal of living with his wife's condition.

 

Parting the Fog: The Personal Side of Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Devin Starlanyl, M.D., author of "Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: "A Survival Manual" This well-written book will tug at your heart. As you read, you will see yourself in the pages.

Love Letter - The Heartwarming Tale of an Incredible Bond

If you are a dog lover and love a good love story, you'll be in tears for most of this book.  It is so wonderful to see the love bloom between man and "just a present."