Subtitle: LIVING WITH PAIN, FINDING JOY
Author: ANNE WELSH
Genre: NON-FICTION, BIOGRAPHIES AND MEMOIRS, CHRONIC PAIN, MEDICAL, MENTAL HEALTH
Length: 194 PAGES
Publisher: CAMERON PUBLICITY
Received From: NETGALLEY
Release Date: JUNE 19, 2019
Rating: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Both a personal story of living with chronic pain and a positive guide for anyone who suffers regular physical pain and related stress.
Anne Welsh has lived with chronic pain all her life. As a sufferer of sickle cell disease, she is no stranger to the everyday struggles and mental anguish that can come from living with an invisible illness.
Like so many who suffer from painful and life-changing conditions, Anne has battled with depression: times when she believed that she could never lead a normal and happy life. But thanks to the support of many people along the way, she has discovered that life can still be wonderful, no matter your challenges.
Click HERE to read about Anne Welsh’s press junket on AFRICAN GLITZ.
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Do you know anyone who suffers with Chronic Pain?
If your answer is no, then you are extremely lucky.
I have been living with debilitating and demoralizing pain since 2009. It has affected and still affects all aspects of my life.
“I am often asked what sickle cell pain feels like and for me there are no words to describe it, but if I must try, all I can say is that it is like someone using a hammer to knock on your bones over and over again.”
Anne’s pain is caused by Sickle Cell Disease and she has been dealing with it’s effects her entire life. I admit to having heard of this disease before reading this book, but I knew next to nothing about it’s symptoms.
After reading Anne Welsh’s memoir, I feel that I am much better informed about Sickle Cell Disease and it’s details.
This book contains terrific tips and ideas of how to live with a chronic illness, as well as wonderful ideas for the families and friends of those of us who have an invisible illness as to how they can assist and support us. These ideas can be applied to any chronic illness, and are not specific to Sickle Cell Disease.
Anne’s upbeat attitude and her determination to live life as fully as possible despite her terrible and debilitating condition is inspiring and offers hope to the rest of us. The following quote really spoke to me.
“Finally I had come to understand that to become a better me, I had to accept help as well as not be afraid to ask for it. This is a realisation that all of us who live with a chronic illness need to come to. We cannot do it on our own, so accept the help offered, and it will make an enormous difference to your life.”
I rate this book as 4 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐
***Thank you to #NetGalley and the #publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book.***
Watch “Anne Welsh – Living with Sickle Cell (Part One)” on YouTube:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Anne Welsh is an author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She was born in Nigeria and emigrated to the United Kingdom when she was very young. She was diagnosed with sickle cell anaemia at the age of four, and, after returning to live in her homeland while still a child, faced many of the problems that come with living with a life-threatening disease in a developing country.
Since returning to the UK in her late teens, and with the support of her family, Anne has created her own path to happiness through her academic studies and her career. After completing a degree in Accounting and Finance, Anne went on to achieve an MA in International Banking before starting her career in investment banking. She now runs her own consultancy firm, specialising in business development in Africa and beyond.
Anne is a tireless advocate for sickle cell disease and her memoir, Pain-less, was borne of her determination to raise awareness about the impact invisible diseases such as sickle cell can have on individuals, and also to give support and advice to other sufferers and their families. Having frequently battled with depression, Anne is all too aware of the difficulties faced by sufferers of life-threatening illnesses. By writing this book, she hopes to help others improve their mental and physical wellbeing and enable them to achieve a joyful and fulfilling life.
Anne is married with two children – something she once thought may never be possible – and two stepchildren and lives in London.
To learn more about this author, visit the following links:
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SOME EARLY REVIEWS/ADVANCE PRAISE
“A powerful account of Anne Welsh’s own journey with her ‘invisible illness’.”
– Dr Tedros AdhanomGhebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
“An honest and insightful account into a world unknown to so many.”
– The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
“Any help for people to learn how to avoid pain triggers and handle their pain better is to be welcomed, as in this book based on the life and experience of Anne Welsh.”
– Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer UK
ABOUT SICKLE CELL DISEASE:
– In 2008, the UN established WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY. It falls on June 19th each year and is marked with various events worldwide.
– In 2018, the National Institute of Health launched it’s CURE SICKLE CELL INITIATIVE.
– Listen to THE SICKLE CELL PODCAST