Based on the author's personal experiences and on the experiences of hundreds of people who have attended her weekly support groups, Finding the Way Home explores the difference between disease (a biological condition) and illness (the individual human experience of it), between curing (the alleviation of symptoms) and healing (the healthy integration of all life experience, including illness), and between pain (physical distress) and suffering (the loss of meaning, connection, and hope in the face of pain).As a witness rather than expert, her humility is refreshing and her reflections honest. Her "area of expertise" is a profound understanding of individual differences and the ability to provide a supportive context for fellow-sufferers. Excerpts from support group discussions gives the reader the rare opportunity to hear ill people talk honestly and openly with one another. Anyone touched by health concerns will want to share Finding the Way Home with others. The inner world of illness is portrayed with clarity and compassion. Here is a book for anyone trying to live wisely, no matter the state of his or her health.
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