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11 Top Chronic Illness Books You May Want to Read

Stack of open books.

"How to Be Sick" by Toni Bernhard cover.
Wisdom Publications, ©2010

How to be sick

"Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Tools for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness" by Danea Horn cover.
Conari Press, ©2013

Resilience in the face of stress

"Laugh, Sing and Eat like a Pig: How an Empowered Patient Beat Stage IV Cancer (and What Healthcare Can Learn from It)" by Dave deBronkart cover.
Changing Outlook LLC, ©2010

Learning empowerment

"Losing Weight With Your Diabetes Medication: How Byetta and Other Drugs Can Help You Lose More Weight Than You Ever Thought Possible" by David Mendosa cover.
DeCapo Press, ©2008

Losing weight with diabetes

Candle and lotus flower in peaceful setting.

Mindfulness and chronic illness

"Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness" by Lene Anderson cover.
Two North Books, ©2016

Do less, enjoy more

"The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: Full of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness" by Miriam Kaufman cover.
Cleis Press, ©2007

Embracing your sexual self

"Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection" by Celeste Cooper cover.
Inner Traditions International and Bear & Company, ©2010

Treating complex conditions

"Turtles All the Way Down" by John Green cover.
Dutton Books for Young Readers, ©2017

Anxious thought spirals

"I’d Rather Be Working: A Step-by-Step Guide to Financial Self-Support for People With Chronic Illness" by Gayle Backstrom cover.
AMACOM, ©2002

Finding work with chronic illness

"What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now" by Eileen Bailey cover.
Hazelden Publishing, ©2016

Getting happy

Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW


Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.