It was refreshing to read a real account of overcoming chronic pain. Her struggles with diagnosis, treatments and doctors were all completely relatablIt was refreshing to read a real account of overcoming chronic pain. Her struggles with diagnosis, treatments and doctors were all completely relatable, especially “it must be in your head.”
Beginning with “discovering your why,” we learn that developing our ultimate life purpose helps to focus our efforts externally rather than internally. And on to the chapter to “Never, Ever Give Up” that reminds us it is in overcoming adversity where we find our strength. The quotes included along with the action steps are both motivating and encouraging.
A couple of issues I have with the book is that not everyone has a history of physical activity to fall back on as did Staveley. She talks about growing up participating in sports and of playing tennis through her twenties. While it is partially an excuse and partially a handicap, it is difficult to put that first foot forward when there's not even 'muscle memory' to fall back on. Also, her tips on healthcare professionals to engage with is, while fantastic in that it encourages natural methods as well as western medicine, there’s really no magic wand of how in the world one can afford an acupuncturist, massage therapist, yoga teacher, nutritionist, etc. The recommendation is to make healthy living a priority while weighing the value of missed work versus the value of a health service.
For the most part, Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps is filled with positive actions to take in order to move from feeling sorry for yourself to making the most of the life you have been given. Staveley has an engaging voice, the book is easy-to-read and broken up into bite-sized pieces. And there really are great action steps for chronic pain-ers to incorporate into their lives. I’m not certain the IronMan is for me, but a 5k is in my sights! Recommended for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.
Set in New York City and Lake George, A Week at the Lake is a departure for Wax. Most of her novels have been set in the south and evoke the particular landscape and feel of the South. The descriptions of the old lake ‘house’ from Millionaires’ Row were breathtaking. I was able to visualize the lake house. Older homes and description is definitely Wendy Wax’s strong point.
Early on, I figured out what happened to distance the women, and why they went five years without communicating. I can understand how time gets away from us all and we lose touch with friends, but it was clear that such was not the case for Emily, Mackenzie and Serena. My issue with A Week at the Lake is that I could not relate to any of the women nor their situations in the novel. My expectations based on the cover and the title had me thinking A Week at the Lake would be a perfect beach read. I know, I know “never judge a book by its cover!” The build-up to the reveal of why the five year distance lasted almost the entire novel ~ revealing the secret earlier along with the aftermath would probably have kept me better engaged. Unfortunately, this one is a miss for me.
Will I give Wendy Wax another try? Absolutely! Her Ten Beach Road series is laugh-out-loud funny, heartwarming and engaging. ...more