The Art of Getting Well is a practical guide to overcoming illness and improving our quality of life. It goes far beyond the usual list of recommended behaviors and attitudes and explains how to change the parts of our lives that contribute to illness, adapt to things we cannot change and how to find motivation in the face of a chronic condition.
This book brings the medical, psychological and spiritual issues involved in recovery down to a practical level through an empowering five-step approach to self-care and recovery that is applicable to any chronic condition—or even to those without an illness who find themselves frustrated and unhappy with their lives.
In addition to practical topics like how to put your life before your illness, overcome barriers to self care and develop and maintain healthy attitudes, the author covers topics seldom seen elsewhere else, such as the value of living with rhythm, the intelligence of the body and the role of creativity in recovery.
Interviews, studies and first-person accounts of recovery provide readers with information, encouragement and hope. Written in a conversational, upbeat style, this book empowers those with chronic conditions to optimize their health and get well.
REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS
This is a remarkable book. The overall message is that we with chronic illness do well to observe and improve the quality of our lives. Mr. Spero then offers eminently practicable suggestions covering all (as far as this reviewer is concerned) areas of those lives. Part of what makes this book so useful is that Mr. Spero is both a man with MS and a medical professional, so there's no denying his knowledge and experience on both sides of that equation.
Yeah, yeah, okay, another self-help book and you think you've heard it all before, right? Well, first of all, this book is more conversationally, honestly, caringly and gently written than most others I've read. Secondly, Mr. Spero is not going to try to make you well. He's going to offer you ways of feeling better about yourself and your life while still acknowledging your disease. Finally, he's going to lay out his ideas, back them up with good science (and admit it when he can't), and then he's going to leave it up to you with no judgment or punitive blaming if you feel no need for his plan.
He considers the art of wellness a martial art, and you might look upon his book as a martial arts instruction manual, because if you find yourself putting even the least of his suggestions into practice you are on your way to kicking negativity in the butt simply by moving toward contentment.
You can do as much or as little as you like with this book, but reading it can open your mind to possibilities you may not have considered. Even if you feel confident of your current wellness practices this book may offer opportunities for change. David Spero's five-step plan can be tailored to anyone; rich or poor, ambulatory or not, an alternative medicine devotee or a follower of conventional medical practice. Besides all that, it's fun! If you have a chronic illness you owe it to yourself to read this book. My thinking is that it could be of use for anyone without an illness as well. - Reviewed by DeanOP, MSWorld Book Reviewer
About the Author:
David Spero, R.N., is a nurse, journalist and health educator who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over twelve years ago. He has 26 years of experience as a RN/Health Coach, and is a trained self-management group leader who works successfully with chronically ill people to maximize their quality of life and commitment to self-care. David teaches health classes, speaks to community groups on wellness and is preparing a national series of seminars. He lives in San Francisco, California.