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Living with Chronic Pain

From OK to Despair and Finding My Way Back Again

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One in five people live with chronic pain and most feel misunderstood and unsupported. Dr Dawn Macintyre is one of those people. In Living with Chronic Pain, Dawn shares her journey from living a full life to a life so diminished, full of pain, shame and exhaustion that she was desperate enough to want to take her own life.

The author’s personal story is interwoven with insight into the emotions and challenges faced, as well as practical advice for changes and support to help sufferers enjoy life again. Dawn provides her perspective as both a sufferer of chronic pain, and a health practitioner. If you are a health professional, this book offers insight into how to best support your patients and clients living with chronic pain. If you are living with chronic pain, this story will bring you courage, joy and most importantly, the knowledge to find your meaningful life again.

Dawn Macintyre is a clinical counsellor, educator and behavioural scientist with a Doctorate in stigmatised conditions. She is also a chronic pain sufferer and now uses her clinical background and personal experience to work extensively with people in this area. Dawn has also authored a number of health books and articles and is a sought-after national and international speaker.

"Finally, a raw, authentic book that shares the real challenges of living with chronic pain. Dawn’s insights into how her life was challenged, how stigma and guilt became all-consuming, and how she has turned it round to help both professionals and those living with chronic pain to identify what they need from family, friends and health professionals, makes this book the bible for everyone who knows or works with people living with chronic pain."

– Jan Sky, Neuropsychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and developer of ESI Mapping

"Thrive and survive with this wonderful chronic pain chronicle; smile in recognition and cry with this book but most of all learn about chronic pain and the way out of suffering. This book is a clear window into chronic pain and the image is sharp. Take this surprising voyage of chronic pain; into your work in the clinic or into your life as a patient."

– Elizabeth Carrigan, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pain Management Association Limited (APMA)

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