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Originally from Chicago, IL, Mary Byrne Eigel currently lives with her husband in the St. Louis area, which has been her “second home” for the past forty years. Mary earned her B.F.A. at Quincy University and M.S. Ed in Art Education and Secondary Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. As an artist and art educator for over thirty years, she has taught all levels of students from children to older adults. Her paintings have won awards and have been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in juried competitions.
As she transitions out of the classroom, Mary plans to focus on sharing with adults and children what she has learned from her chronic pain journey through writing, creative workshops, and pain management advocacy activities.
on May 19, 2014 :
For good or for ill, we live in an age when many people seem eager to play the role of "victim," moaning and wailing publicly about whatever hardship fate has dealt them. Mary Byrne Eigel, who might well have hopped on that bandwagon herself, has instead written an informative and insightful account of her own painful experience, from which she ultimately emerges victorious. She doesn't sugar-coat the hard times, but she doesn't dwell there interminably, either. (I do have to confess I had the urge to give her parents a good talking-to several times as I read, however!) Her unfailing determination to overcome her difficulties provide inspiration, encouragement and, perhaps most importantly, a roadmap to anyone struggling with long-standing health issues and a medical establishment that sometimes falls far short of providing compassionate, comprehensive care. I highly recommend this book to anyone facing such challenges, and to all of those who care for them, physicians included. Thank you, Mary, for having the courage and strength to walk back through your difficult experience so that others might learn from it!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)