From the moment I began reading Dawn’s story, I found her book difficult to put down. So many of the things she writes about resonate with me. even though my own pain journey is very different. To know the challenges she has been through, with her pain, and overcome, gives anyone suffering from chronic pain, hope for a brighter future.
Julie Oct 2020
Wow! What an eye-opener!! I’m a bit speechless, to be honest. So raw and vulnerable. Amazing book, Dawn.
Bridget – Oct 2020
I can’t tell you what a breath of fresh air, Charlotte and I are finding Dr Dawn’s book. Charlotte wants to take the book to her next scheduled appointment with her pain team and tell them to educate themselves! She’s finding “Living with Chronic Pain” more relatable than any of the information she’s been given by the pain team or other professionals she has seen about her chronic pain. This book is an eye-opener.
Georgie Donaghey & Charlotte ( 14 year old chronic pain sufferer) Oct 2020
Despite Dawn and I having different ‘causality’ to our spinal and chronic pain, we share many similarities as women, mothers and partners.
this raw, honest and refreshing personal account of both chronic pain and the harrowing impact to life – attempting to maintain a career and humanity is undeniably pivotal in the acceptance of chronic pain and finding life thereafter
Sumarah – chronic pain survivor
Finally, a raw, authentic book that shares the real challenges of living with chronic pain. dawn’s insights into how her life was challenged, how stigma and guilt became all-consuming, and how she has turned it round to help both professionals and those living with chronic pain to identify what they need from family, friends and health professionals, makes this book the bible for everyone who knows or works with people living with chronic pain.
Jan Sky, Neurosychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and developer of ESI mapping
Smile in recognition and cry with this book but most of all learn about chronic pain and the way out of suffering.
Elizabeth Carrigan. Chief Executive Officer, Australian Pain Management Association Limited (APMA)
As a physiotherapist, I feel anxious when I see people with chronic pain. Dawn’s book gives me and other practitioners permission to step outside our dogma and prescribed roles to join together for a different experience to emerge these safe conversations are only possible due to Dawn’s generosity and courage and how she eables her experiences to be felt, shared and understood.
It is only through this new understanding of how it is to live with chronic pain that we continue to work in what is often a complex and intense human experience for both practitioner and person with chronic pain.
Shelley Barlow, Physiotherapist