I finished the book How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard; which I have been reading in regards to dealing with my chronic illnesses, [including my, anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia which are the only ones I feel comfortable discussing here]. If you have a chronic illness or are a caregiver to someone who is I highly recommend that book. While the book does use a lot of Buddhist inspired techniques and terms the methods that they have are solid and the thoughts behind them make sense even if you choose to look away from that aspect. Toni breaks everything down by definition of the words and how it works psychologically and I found it particularly helpful especially with my Fibromyalgia, which brings with it a lot of pain, physical and emotional. To be honest when I was first diagnosed I might not have been ready for the book, but I wish I had this book 8 or 10 months sooner as it is a great asset to have and I can see how it can help me and how I can try to put it to use. I will not suddenly become a Buddhist, that is not something that one book can do, but I feel that this book can help me find a way to face my challenges and struggles a bit better and that is all I can ask for. A new way to look at things.
Poetry is a way to express yourself and help people through things, but it is not the only way. Please realize that you are not alone. If you are feeling depressed, or having thoughts of suicide please contact someone. You can always call for help
US Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
or if you aren’t comfortable with that you can go online and get help here. You are not alone. You are not the only one, you matter, you are not a bother, and you are worth it. Make the call, click the link, reach out to someone don’t fight the battle alone, don’t give into the night.