How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

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“Toni shows us the 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


A Mindful Guide

Toni Bernhard

Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Beloved author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help readers make peace with a life turned upside down.

In her characteristic conversational style, Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness. Benefit from:

  • Mindfulness exercises to mitigate physical and emotional pain
  • Concrete advice for negotiating the everyday hurdles of medical appointments, household chores, and social obligations
  • Tools for navigating the strains illness can place on relationships

Several chapters are directed toward family and friends of the chronically ill, helping them to understand what their loved one is going through and how they can help.

Humorous and empathetic, Bernhard shares her own struggles and setbacks with unflinching honesty, offering invaluable support in the search to find peace and well-being.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $21.95
  • ISBN 9781614292487
  • ebook
  • 352 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9781614292630
about the author
How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers and How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. Until forced to retire due to illness, Toni was a law professor at the University of California–Davis, serving six years as the dean of students. She has been a practicing Buddhist for over twenty years. Her blog, “Turning Straw Into Gold,” is hosted on the website of Psychology Today. She can be found online at

Other books by Toni Bernhard:
How to Be Sick
How to Be Sick (Second Edition)
How To Wake Up

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