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Backbone : living with chronic pain without turning into one
Duffy, Karen, 1961- author.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2017]

Physical Description:
xi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
For two decades, Duffy has suffered from sarcoidosis, a disorder that causes the growth of inflammatory cells on different organs of the body. In her case, her sarcoidosis is located in her brain, causing unimaginable pain. At times inspirational, funny, and informative, Duffy illuminates methods people can use to cope with chronic pain. She reinforces the sentiment that despite the pain, there is a way to a good life.
Introduction -- The Eccedentesiast -- Getting old for the third time -- Hockey mom -- Stages of haggling -- Extra innings -- Antipelargia: the stork's law -- The flaneur -- Wise guys -- A style for your illness -- Have mercy -- Love the chub -- Fighting words -- OUCH! Platitude bingo -- To whom it may concern -- How not to be a jackass -- Excuse dice -- The optimistic catastrophist -- Un couple malade -- Bibliotherapy: read two books and call me in the morning -- The non-momumental theory of happiness -- The upside of a life turned upside down.
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