Backbone: Living with Chronic Pain without Turning into One
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: November 2017
Duration: 5 hours 58 minutes
For two decades, Karen Duffy-New York Times bestselling author, former MTV VJ, Revlon model, and actress-has managed to live an enriching life despite living in a state of constant pain. Duffy has sarcoidosis, a disorder that causes the growth of inflammatory cells called granulomas. In her case, her brain and central nervous system are afflicted, causing her unimaginable pain. In this powerful, inspirational, and very funny manual for surviving pain, Duffy draws on her experience as a patient advocate, certified recreational therapist, and hospital chaplain to illuminate gratifying methods people can use to cope with chronic pain and illness. Backbone reinforces the sentiment of Lord Byron, who wrote "Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine."
More than one-third of the US population-nearly 113 million Americans-is currently living with chronic pain, while another 133 million Americans live with some form of chronic illness. Half of the US population lives with the challenges of these invisible illnesses. Addressing a country ravaged by both chronic pain and opioid addiction, Backbone offers a salve of self-sufficiency, humor, and perseverance. With a light tone, deft wordplay, and gems such as the Bill Murray Pain Scale, Duffy's serious-and seriously funny-book is for the massive population living with chronic pain.