How to Run a Marathon in 13 Years details the variety of obstacles you faced while fighting to regain the ability to run a marathon again. Why was this an important book for you to write?
At first, I thought it would be a fun book about running. But as I went back over the years, I saw my life had been collapsing financially, physically, emotionally; pretty much in all areas.
Running became the scaffolding upon which I hung my reactions to the challenges that arose. Hopefully, readers will glean a few good lessons.
I appreciated how candid you were in your book. What was the hardest moment in your life to write about?
The deaths of family and friends. Recalling their passing triggered varied memories and emotions, often reminding me of times when I was petty or mean.
I can’t repair the past, only strive to be less self-centered in future.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is struggling to find motivation?
Acknowledge fear and indecision, then think of one tiny action you might do right that moment that will guide you toward your goal. Small things, little deeds got me in motion.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?
We never lose the choice of how to respond to the cruelty of time and the unfairness of life. And maybe a couple of laughs.
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Holding It All Together When You’re Hypermobile explores the physical effects of hypermobile Ehlers Danlos syndrome, its emotional impacts, and provides readers with a prescription for healing. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I struggled for 17 years to find the correct diagnosis for unrecognizable chronic health conditions. I wrote the book so other patients wouldn’t have to do the same. To be able to find answers without dismissive providers discounting their physical and emotional pain was the driving force.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about EDS?
Most people have never heard of EDS unless you know someone impacted. It used to once be thought of as rare. But scientists at MUSC working on it now say it affects 1 in every 500 people so it’s not rare, but rarely diagnosed. Getting the right diagnosis for a complex multi-systemic disorder is challenging in our US healthcare system of siloed practioners. No one is looking at you hostistically. Medical schools aren’t teaching about connective tissue disorders or mention it in one paragraph of a lesson. Patients often have to crowdsource their care to connect the dots. In fact, some medical providers do not yet believe hypermobility is a real diagnosis and write patients off as it being in their head. The misconception is we are just double-jointed and flexible on the outside but what people don’t realize is all of the elasticity is going on in every level within our bodies affecting veins, muscles, joints, and organ systems simultaneously. That often is a very painful and debilitating process.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Self-advocacy and empowerment are vital to waging any war on disease. Yet slowing down to take care of yourself fully is also important. The two are not always aligned with each other. We often face cycles of boom and bust where we overdo it on a good day – only to need recovery time from any sort of exertion. EDS is an invisible illness. We might look normal and even seem capable on one day or week, then quietly fall apart. It is a difficult rollercoaster ride not on physically but emotionally. I wanted to offer inspiration and hope to others along with practical suggestions on exactly how to cope with those challenges.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I hope to write more on the autonomic nervous system within the human body and how we can utilize practical tools for calming down the chaos of chronic illness from within. “Dis-ease” is a state we should not get comfortable living in and is too commonly found today. I also hope to create more materials to support other patients better advocate for themselves withing the constraints of our existing medical system for better outcomes.
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Chasing Numbers details your battle with Anorexia Nervosa and your path toward recovery. Why was this an important book for you to write?
It was important for me to write the book because there are not a lot of stories out there of those who have battled this illness, less so from a male perspective. There are also a lot of misconceptions about eating disorders. Many studies have shown that 40% of the population still do not believe eating disorders are a serious mental illness when in fact they have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The book has also been so helpful for parents navigating the illness with their child. It is so hard to understand the illness unless you have gone through it. I wanted others to have the most raw and honest picture of what this illness truly is. I have also been donating 100% of the proceeds from Chasing Numbers to those seeking treatment with an eating disorder in Canada. This made it even more important that I really put everything I had into the book.
I appreciated how candid you were in your book. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?
The hardest part of writing the book was telling the story in a way where blame wouldn’t be placed on my parents. My parents did so much for me throughout my recovery and I knew it was hard on them. It was actually the reason I talked less about them in the book than I otherwise would have. It is so hard to see the illness in someone. It was even harder since I was so good at hiding it while I was around them. Parents often feel responsible for bad things that happen to their child so I was doing everything I could do to avoid them thinking that any of this was because of their actions or something they didn’t do.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
One of the biggest ideas that I wanted this book to give to the reader that eating disorders are widespread and can impact anyone. When people think of eating disorders, they often think of a white college girl who is starving themselves. I wanted people to know that this is not the case and there are many diverse people that also suffer. Secondly, while presenting a story that showed how horrible Anorexia Nervosa can be, I also wanted to present a hopeful ending that shows others the illness can be beaten.
What is a common misconception you feel people have about anorexia?
A common misconception is that only females get Anorexia Nervosa. While it is much more common in females, a person of any gender can be diagnosed.
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Master Your Mortgage by Brighton Gbarazia is an ideal book for prospective home buyers and people in the mortgage industry. Brighton Gbarazia writes a comprehensive buyer’s guide for anyone interested in a mortgage and shares tips, ideas, and tricks on how to get the best deal when you invest in real estate. How do banks operate and review an application for a mortgage? What are the dos and don’ts of mortgages? Brighton Gbarazia shares his experiences as a real estate expert, guiding the readers on what to look for when shopping for a new home or investment property.
This informative guide is a serious but important read that doesn’t hold back from the grim realities of the situation. Brighton Bgarazia shares his knowledge on spot deals that are too good to be true and how buying property without experience can place some new homeowners in a vulnerable position and at the mercy of swindlers and scams.
As an immigrant to Canada, Brighton Gbarazia shares his background in real estate, experience in dealing with banking, and his passion for helping people make well-informed decisions. The author demonstrates a clear knowledge of the industry and his commitment to helping people navigate through the process of buying a home. Throughout the book, he also shares personal experiences and situations, including a bit about his family life and the goal of helping people succeed.
I learned a significant amount about owning property and how to get the best deal. The book thoroughly covers crucial topics related to the complex world of real estate in a way that keeps the reader engaged and eager to learn about mortgages. His real-life scenarios are well integrated into the book, which makes it more interesting to read and stay engaged. The author also incorporates a sense of humor to keep the subject light-hearted at times while staying on point throughout the book.
I recommend Master Your Mortgage: What the Bank Won’t Tell You About Buying the Right Home for its comprehensive coverage and personal touch in dealing with the real estate industry. This enlightening book tells you exactly what to look out for, and how to apply for a mortgage to avoid the pitfalls of hidden costs, and other issues that can arise with the responsibility of homeownership.
Pages: 236 | ASIN: B09VMD5ZH5
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Dear Radiant One by Phoebe Leona provides an honest and raw look at the author’s personal journey with all the twists and unexpected experiences in life. The book consists of three sections, or acts, divided into chapters. The first act delves into Leona’s life with various stories of her childhood and the rocky and sometimes complex relationship with her father.
Act two discusses the darker side of emotions that everyone experiences and how the author tackled grief and dealt with the loss of a close friend. She explains the importance of letting ourselves grieve and heal after loss. The third and final act highlights the power of forgiving, healing, gratitude, and letting things go that you cannot control, as this leads to freedom. This author’s autobiography is an emotionally heavy book to read, through personal stories and relatable experiences that the reader can relate to on some level.
While the author deals with some difficult subjects and emotions, there were pleasant breaks of humor in between, including the bizarre side of human behavior and psychology. Leona offers a powerful portrait of life and all the elements that shape us from an early age and throughout adulthood.
Dear Radiant One: An Emotional Recovery Story and Transformational Guide to Embody the Dance of Life is a wonderful read for anyone looking to assess their emotions and their psychology. I recommend this book for its raw and honest look into human emotions. It’s a great book for anyone interested in a deeper understanding of how our life experiences impact us personally, their influence throughout a lifetime, and how we relate and interact with others.
Pages: 324 | ASIN: 1955272174
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Christie Cox’s life changed forever the day she fell asleep behind the wheel and rear-ended the car in front of her. This was the last of many times she found herself swerving due to unexplained drowsiness. After a lifetime of seeking answers as to why she seemed so accident-prone and being dismissed by one doctor after another, she finally had the answer to all her questions. The severe neck injury she sustained due to her car accident led to a battery of tests that gave a name to her condition. Cox now knew–she had hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS).
Holding it All Together When You’re Hypermobile, by Christie Cox, is the author’s own story of her battle to find a diagnosis that accurately explained the chronic symptoms she experienced throughout her life. In this open, caring, and motivating piece, Cox gives hope to others who suffer from chronic disorders and are fighting what seems to be a losing battle when it comes to finding a physician they can trust, finally receiving an accurate diagnosis, and managing their own healing habits.
Cox provides readers with an intimate look at her own experience and explains in great detail what makes EDS so incredibly debilitating. It’s this type of openness and willingness to share personal stories that helps others suffering with the same condition know they are not alone. In addition, patients and family members of those with EDS can find, not only solace, but information about EDS. Cox goes out of her way to provide hope and reassurance to readers, and this is a welcome tone in a book that contains facts that could easily become overwhelming.
The list of calming and healing techniques Cox offers is extensive. This is one of my favorite parts of her writing. She goes out of her way to offer readers dozens of strategies for coping on their most challenging days. Meditation is an important part of the advice Cox provides. She helps readers both recognize when they need to try meditation and instructs them on the most effective techniques for their situation. Everything about her writing exhibits care and concern for her readers and fellow patients.
It is difficult to share deeply personal stories, especially those that deal with debilitating diseases and the struggles with medical diagnoses. Cox manages to do so with grace while broadening readers’ knowledge and giving them the hope they so desperately seek. I recommend Cox’s book to anyone who has been diagnosed with EDS or POTS or believes they may suffer from them. I also believe Cox’s story can provide immense comfort to family members and caregivers of anyone with a chronic illness.
Pages: 374 | ASIN: B0B7QGX5BD
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Winning Your Biggest Paycheck explains in depth how to win big and achieve more than the average person. The author teaches the reader how to have a triumphant mindset, be positive and how to work smart. Edmund S. Yeung starts by discussing how to become a true customer advocate, and how it works. I appreciate that the author goes beyond the dictionary definition with the terms he uses, as he argues in profundity and shares all the information. Winning Your Biggest Paycheck is the tool you need to make more money. Author Edmund S. Yeung uses examples and succinctly explains how to attract customers.
I like that the author brings up questions in his writing, and gives answers right after. This makes the book engaging and helped me understand how to connect ideas. As you read every chapter, you get a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.
The stories in between the discussions were a great way to bridge discussions. The author is never short of interesting, amusing and academic stories about his life. In the stories lies lessons that one can apply in business, career, and personal growth. After reading Winning your Biggest Paycheck, you get lessons on how to be more prudent money-wise, and how to be a well-rounded person. The author reveals tricks that have enabled him get where he is despite every obstacle he has faced.
There are many topics in Winning Your Biggest Paycheck that I enjoyed reading. Every topic is illuminating and instructive. One of my favorite topics was on branding. How do you build a brand? What are the essential elements that will make you stand out? How distinct do you want your brand to be? Edmund S. Yeung gets you to think like a client, and have a wider perspective. Readers will learn that being a salesperson requires more than just being a marketing genius, as you need to be emotionally intelligent too. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is how to approach customers and how to attract them to my product. Other lessons you get from the book are on paying attention to detail, learning business ethics, being productive, and being persistent.
Winning Your Biggest Paycheck candidly demonstrated how to win in life. The author teaches readers how to not underestimate their potential. From this book, readers will learn how to improve their financial status, amass wealth and grow their business utilizing simple steps. This is a critical tool for any entrepreneur that’s struggling to find breakout success.
Pages: 292 | ASIN: B0BCDQ9HMY
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Ten Pathways by Fleur Chambers is a thought-provoking read that gives the reader a new perspective on a world that has seen many changes. In a world that has been so bruised in the last two years, we are all suppressing the fatigue of repetitive mantras and slogans. Ten Pathways is the book to reignite healing. It shines a light on pain as part of human existence and cautions us against thinking it should be suppressed. Fleur redefines happiness in a way that allows you to experience your sense of insecurity or struggles, whether it’s deeply personal, economical, or familiar, in a safe space, so you can focus on embracing life and the gains you can acquire through negative experiences. The author highlights acceptance and gratitude in all situations, whether good or bad, as long as we align our actions with our core beliefs. While acceptance is often what most people seek, following your path with integrity is far more rewarding and will often work out better for you and your happiness.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “Learning to take a moment to pause and ensure that your actions are tethered to an inner belief that you are enough is an important aspect of redefining happiness.” If you are looking to redefine your life or beliefs, especially given that there is a very big shift in the outlook of how life should be, then this is the book for you. Chambers provides relatable real-life examples of how to be true to yourself instead of vaguely pointing out that changes need to be made.
As you read through each chapter, you’ll find a series of exercises developed to give you the tools you need to get the most out of the book. It’s a great book to read a little at a time to absorb your thoughts and emotions before moving on to the next chapter. The fantastic illustrations by Sarah Hawkinson provides a nice break between chapters and exercises while allowing the reader to focus on various points made. I recommend Ten Pathways as it is a great read that will help people reclaim happiness in life.
Pages: 284 | ASIN: 0645437468
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