Preface. Acknowledgements. Knowing the Enemy. Getting Stuck in the Struggle. Troubling Thoughts. Unwanted Feelings. Living in the Present. Who Am I Now? Living with Purpose. Taking Action. Putting it Together. Conclusion. Further Reading. References.
Dr Ray Owen is a clinical psychologist working in cancer and palliative care for the NHS in Herefordshire. He has worked in hospital, community and hospice settings for the past 20 years.
"A deeply compassionate, extremely practical and much-needed guide to creating a rich, full and meaningful life while living with chronic illness. This book skilfully plots a mindfulness-based, Values-guided path to reducing your suffering and increasing your vitality, regardless of the nature of your illness."
Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap
"The author, clinical psychologist Ray Owen, writes in an accessible, easy to read style. He avoids jargon, explaining things in a lay person's terms. He introduces us to four people, all with long term conditions (LTCs), and he uses these folk to explain the problems LTCs bring and how the techniques in the book can help. We can see elements of ourselves in these people. Owen does not belittle the problems that a LTC can bring for both patient and their loved ones - the limitations, frustrations, loss, physical and emotional suffering and his approach is not a 'quick fix'."
Cathy Stark, Cardiomyopathy