Pain Without Suffering: Woman Conquers Chronic Pain

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New book Wheel explains how to turn around a lifetime of suffering

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I thought even if there could be a miracle, I didn’t deserve one. But I was wrong.

For Sylvia Hawthorn-Deppen, it was taking the wheel and enjoying the ride that left a life of pain in the dust.

In her new memoir Wheel, author Sylvia Hawthorn-Deppen documents her recovery from almost 60 years of chronic pain – exposing how she learned to live with pain but without suffering.

“I thought I had to die to escape the misery during those dark years,” said Hawthorn-Deppen. “I thought even if there could be a miracle, I didn’t deserve one. But I was wrong.”

Encouraging a shift of attitude, habits and lifestyle to support healing, Hawthorn-Deppen’s story provides a personal perspective of recovering from physical, mental and emotional trauma.

Hawthorn-Deppen, who suffered from both a stair and car injury in her youth, says confronting the pain and its causes after years of numbness and countless hospital visits led to her recovery.

A sometimes whimsical look at a serious subject, Wheel shares an inspirational tale for anyone seeking to thrive past life’s challenges.

Wheel
By Sylvia Hawthorn-Deppen
ISBN: 978-1-4525-5565-2
Softcover retail price: $17.99
Hardcover retail price: $35.99
E-book price: $3.99

About the author
Sylvia Hawthorn-Deppen is a licensed practical nurse passionate about helping others live comfortably despite illness. An active member of Chronic Pain Anonymous, she also volunteers as a speaker and peer support in behavioral health at a hospital in Camp Hill, Pa. Hawthorn-Deppen, after abusing pain pills for years to numb her pain, credits the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous with reinforcing her recovery. She enjoys riding her bicycle in her spare time and dreams of cycling cross-country from Pennsylvania to Florida one day.

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