Dr. Sharon Ufberg: Learning ‘How to Be Sick’
How one particular book ends up on the top of the nightstand stack is anyone’s guess. But this soon-to-be released book, How to Be Sick, a Buddhist-inspired guide for the chronically ill and their caregivers, by Toni Bernhard, was even more of a long shot. I am not sick; in fact, I pride myself on being healthier than I have been in years. My daily meditation and yoga practice is deeply rooted in a routine that is shockingly consistent and satisfying. My life work is all about “how to be well” so you may wonder, why have I become completely enamored with Toni Bernhard’s new book?
It was clear from the moment I read her bio that Toni’s unpredictable turn of events could have just as easily happened to me. Here was the classic smart, successful career woman with a busy and fulfilling life. A lawyer, professor, wife and mother who took a short trip to Europe and got sick. This has happened to many the well-heeled traveler on occasion. The difference is that Toni never recovered. Her story is authentic and speaks right to the heart. Her journey and subsequent insight is thoughtful and uplifting.
How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers will be available on September 1st.