FINDING JOY WITH AN INVISIBLE CHRONIC ILLNESS

 

My upcoming book titled, Finding Joy with an Invisible Chronic Illness: Proven Strategies for Discovering Happiness, Meaning, and Fulfillment will be released at some point later this year.  I will update this site as the publication date is closer.  

 

QUESTIONS FINDING JOY ANSWERS:

 

  • 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, particularly if you suffer from chronic pain?

 

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

 

WHY WAS FINDING JOY WRITTEN?

 

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

 

1) diagnostic confusion and difficulty accessing and maintaining high quality healthcare; 

2) the physical ailment itself; 

3) misunderstanding from others; 

4) high rates of depression.

 

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!  I find it incredible that my dream of writing another book is coming true!    
  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 am tired 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 IS FINDING JOY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CHRONIC ILLNESS BOOKS?

 

What differentiates  Finding Joy from existing invisible chronic illness books on the market is its easy to understand explanation of existing psychotherapies, positive psychology strategies, and stress reduction techniques.  

 

Particular emphasis is placed on:

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. Relaxing stress-reduction methods. These include mindfulness, breathing exercises, simplification, and (therapeutic) journaling.       

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR FINDING JOY 

 

Foreword by Subinoy Das, MD, FACS, FARS

Introduction

1. Best Psychological Strategies for Chronic Illness  

2. Embrace Positive Psychology (While Understanding its Limitations)                                

3. Manage Stress

4. Addressing Grief and Loss                  

    5. Social Support as a Critical Element               

    6. Educating Others about your Chronic Illness

    7. How Loved Ones Can Support You       

    8.  The Diagnostic Journey                                                                     

    9.  Access Quality Healthcare

    10. Eat a Healthy Diet                                                   

    11. Embrace your New Normal 

    Bibliography

    Acknowledgements

    About the Author