My upcoming book titled, Finding Joy with an Invisible Chronic Illness: Proven Strategies for Discovering Happiness, Meaning, and Fulfillment was released on November 15, 2021.  It is now available at, and it is available as an eBook, paperback, and hardcover.  If you buy a copy, please leave a short review on Amazon, which will drastically help other readers find this book.




Finding Joy with an Invisible Chronic Illness has been written in part to address the following problems chronic illness patients confront:


1) the emotional challenges that stem from living with an invisible chronic illness and the subsequent high rates of depression;

2) the loneliness many with chronic illness experience, misunderstanding from others, and ensuing relationship difficulties; 

3) the diagnostic and prognostic confusion, and difficulty accessing and maintaining high quality healthcare; 


As a school psychologist and patient, Finding Joy integrates my professional and personal insights to advocate a holistic approach to managing chronic illness.


On a personal note, I wrote Finding Joy thanks in large measure to the following: 

  1. The pandemic afforded me the time to write it.  My family is my first priority, but I wasn't driving them around everywhere or traveling as I would in normal times.  Frankly, I didn't think I would ever write another book after my 2007 book, Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim!  
  2. The topic of chronic illness and the difficulties associated with it have been on my heart for several years.
  3. There are not enough books for those suffering from chronic illness.  
  4. I offer a unique and professional angle to understand chronic illness given my psychology background.
  5. I tire of hearing the suggestions such as "stay positive" or "this pill will cure you of your illness."  I thought I would explore firsthand what the positive psychology literature really has to say about chronic illness.  


Now I am planning to use this book as a personal guidebook and reference book for use in my own life. I hope others will, too!



  • How can you experience those good thoughts and feelings, enjoy life at its fullest, and de-stress when faced with constant, unremitting physical suffering?


  • How can you enhance your relationships, find support, respond to the naysayers, and possibly even help them understand you and your illness?


  • When seeking medical care, how can you get the answers you deserve, and access and maintain quality healthcare?


These important questions deserve thoughtful, informed answers. School psychologist, patient, and award-winning author Chris Martin provides just that.




The key difference between Finding Joy and other books on chronic illness on the market is Finding Joy is not only a comprehensive guide for living with a chronic illness, but it is written from a psychologist (and patient) point of view, with citation of research on positive psychology tips, stress management techniques, and treatment options for depression as they relate to chronic illness.  


Finding Joy is divided into three sections: the emotional aspects, the relationship impacts, and access to quality healthcare.  Finding Joy offers an easy to understand explanation of positive psychology strategies, stress reduction techniques, treatments for depression, and existing psychotherapies.  


Particular emphasis is placed on:

  1. Invaluable positive psychology techniques. These range from self-compassion, positive reappraisal, positive self-talk, and pacing to positive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, such as optimism, humor, and volunteer work.
  2. Relaxing stress-reduction methods. These include tools such as mindfulness, breathing exercises, simplification, and (therapeutic) journaling.

  3. Proven therapies. Examples include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

  4. Effective communication strategies and their impact on relationships with others and even the ability to access quality healthcare.