ARTICLE: 10 Challenges Faced by Those With Chronic Pain and Illness

Many challenges from my new book apply during the pandemic—even to the healthy.

Toni Bernhard J.D. | Jul 28, 2020



I’m writing this piece partly to celebrate the release of my new book, How to Be Sick: Your Pocket Companion, and partly, as always, to try and help my readers. I thought I would share the challenges that the book covers, adding some comments as I go.

When my publisher asked me to prepare what we initially called a pocket edition of my first book, How to Be Sick, I thought: “This will be easy. I’ll just edit down the text of the big book.” That turned out to be a gross miscalculation because a pocket-sized book requires a different approach! I needed to complete a thought, a suggestion, or a practice on one small page. In short, I wound up writing a new book. I’m particularly excited about it because it’s both for those who’ve read How to Be Sick and for those who haven’t.