How To Be Sick: Discussion 2

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“You can argue with the way things are. You’ll lose, but only 100% of the time.”
-Byron Katie

As we finish reading the section of the book titled How Everything Changed, we learn about some of Toni’s secret coping mechanisms for making it through the her part-time workday, including–but not limited to–peeing in a thermos. We’re also treated to an alphabet soup of acronyms (CFS, PVS, VICD, OI, POTS), as we read about the laundry list of conditions and diseases that Toni was diagnosed with.

Discussion Questions

  • Do you have any secret coping mechanisms that you use regularly, in order to make it through your day?
  • If you have received a diagnosis for your chronic illness, what were your thoughts, feelings and emotions, immediately upon and in the few days after receiving your diagnosis? If you have not yet received a diagnosis, how does this make you feel?
  • We have finished reading the biographical section of this book, and are moving into the ‘guide’ part of the book, which details various ideas and practices. What do you hope to achieve by reading this book?

This post is part of RA Guy’s Book Club for “How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers,” by Toni Bernhard. For a complete list of discussions, please click here.