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HOPE BEYOND ILLNESS -- A Guide to Living WELL with a Chronic Condition, is a gripping memoir. Shulamit Lando recounts her experience with Multiple Sclerosis, MS, a serious, debilitating, and allegedly incurable disease. She describes how she refused to let conventional medicine dictate its depressing message to her and how she used her body and her mind as a healing laboratory to combat the illness. After every chapter, valuable tips give you the most effective tools from different therapeutic approaches. Through her guidance and experience you learn many ways to deal with overwhelming feelings and be able to allow calm and healing into your life.This guide will :* Empower you with hope* Find the steps that are best suited to your recovery* Give you the support you need to make your journey to wellnessl* Present "Pearls of Wisdom" to help you heal* Give you tools to affect mind, body and spirit* Help you achieve a creative, functional, meaningful life, despite chronic illness.By understanding how our mind works according to what it believes, how we affect our reality by the meaning we give to things, HOPE BEYOND ILLNESS will guide you to clear your negative thoughts and beliefs and make a paradigm shift in your body/mind system to turn your life around and know that healing is more than possible.Shulamit Lando's brave story will inspire you to walk your own valiant journey. Through her personal and professional experience she offers a guide to wellness, in spite of whatever cards you were dealt and shows how healing, in the real sense of the word, allows you to live well with illness.
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Shulamit Lando, an MS survivor, is an accomplished Body Mind Psychotherapist, Bereavement Councilor, Trauma specialist and a Medical Coach. She has been counseling those with chronic and terminal illness for more than 30 years. She has led many support groups for people living with chronic and life threatening illnesses like Cancer, MS and HIV-AIDS in Israel and in Mexico. Besides her private practice she currently volunteers at The Yuri Shtern Holistic Center for Cancer Patients in Jerusalem. Born and raised in Mexico, Shulamit now lives in Jerusalem, Israel, with her husband Zvi and their cat Tisha. You can contact her at: http://www.beyond-pain.comReview:
Thank you for your book, it absolutely grabbed my heart!! I'm looking at the world very differently. What a wonderful story with an awesome end result!! You have so blessed me!
BOOK REVIEW: 'HOPE BEYOND ILLNESS'by Richard Boughton · February 8th, 2016Rather than ask, "why me?" ask "what now?"This is the essential focus of Shulamit Lando's newly published book Hope Beyond Illness. The book chronicles her own experience with multiple sclerosis, a journey from initial fear and uncertainty when first diagnosed more than 30 years ago, to a new life of open avenues and spiritual maturity. Hope Beyond Illness (a guide to living well with a chronic condition) takes a philosophic, holistic look at how one may receive a medical diagnosis not as a penalty but as an invitation to grow, to become more fully the person one was intended to be.
The emphasis is not on new drugs or medical procedures, but on personal attitudes and useful spiritual procedures one can adopt to treat the illness, and oneself, from within. In an age that teaches an almost blind reliance on science and medicines, Ms. Lando's views on the healing power of one's own soul are a sorely needed breath of fresh air
"At the threshold of every great journey," Lando quotes Claire Higgins, "we must first establish a direction and then, find the courage to take our first step, even when we don't know where our foot will land, or where the step after will lead us. This way of traveling through life requires faith... the ability to feel, sense, and trust something that cannot yet or ever be seen."It is one of those strange contradictions in life that what seems on the surface to be adversity may in fact be the cradle of great opportunity. Chronic illness brings about a change, not planned for, not asked for - but the essential nature of where that change takes us is really up to us. In Lando's case, as in my own, the presence of illness has led to an exciting, fulfilling journey of growth, a new appreciation of the power of the spirit, the importance of compassion, the reality of faith. Upon facing a challenge, as Lando notes, we may feed the creature of our choice - that characterized by anger, bitterness, hopelessness, or that characterized by love, joy and the spirit of discovery, wherein one's grasp of what one truly believes is sharpened, filled out and can take form in one's every day life.Chasing symptoms with various medications and injections can, in itself, be discouraging and depressing, especially when we who have MS must admit that none of these treatments are curative but only palliative. Moreover, they may even make one feel worse than he felt beforehand. Again, we kneel before the doctor, groaning 'Please help me.' But there is a doctor in the house already - and modern studies are finding this more and more surely.
As stated by the well respected Dr. Eben Alexander, "...science and faith, the two ways of knowing the world that have defined our culture, are much, much more entwined than we tend to think they are."The doctor in the house is one's own miraculous spirit, that which connects each person to pillars of knowledge, ability and strength that are beyond this world, beyond the door of the doctor's office, beyond the prescription pad. Shulamit Lando invites you in her book to look both within and beyond at the strange gift that so-called chronic illness has bestowed.
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