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Pain Pain Go Away

Published Date: May 11, 2012

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Shay Stone knows there’s nothing worse than pain, especially pain that won’t go away. She has undergone countless surgeries, taken every pill known to man, and read all the books written by experts who haven’t experienced chronic pain themselves. None of it worked. She was still in pain. And that’s when she decided to reject it all – the surgeons, the pills, and the books. She made the decision to take her life back, on her terms, and taught herself how to live again, with the pain.

This is not a self-help book for those looking to eliminate pain. This is a self-help book for an audience ready to accept pain and learn to function with it. Typed on a computer with the monitor turned off, because the light of it causes pain, Shay wrote this very personal book about her medical journey and outlines the steps others can take to join her in living a full life with chronic pain.

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Pie Plate Publishing Company; 1st Edition edition (May 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985590602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985590604
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

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  1. John J. Wisniewski, M.D. M.H.S.A.
    John J. Wisniewski, M.D. M.H.S.A. April 8, 2013 at 12:38 am .

    A Medical Book Review of Pain Pain Go Away

    In 1995, Shay Stone, a vibrant, attractive 20-year-old female, walked away from a car accident. The car was totaled; Shay walked away with a headache. She thought she was fine. She was not.

    Shay had sustained Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), an enormously complex and serious condition that was barely understood by medical professionals at the time, and still perplexes them today. In recent years, our understanding of TBI and its treatment has grown by leaps and bounds, thanks in no small part to the sacrifices made by the valorous men and women of America’s Armed Services, and by advances in medical science. Yet a full understanding of TBI’s complex pathophysiology remains elusive, and definitive treatments and preventive measures are as yet undiscovered.

    As a result, many thousands of our fellow humans suffering from TBI receive treatment with widely varying rates of success, and are otherwise left to fend for themselves. Shay Stone is one of them.

    Her book, Pain, Pain… Go Away! is an authentic, wrenching account of what happens when someone afflicted with a devastating and poorly understood medical condition seeks help from a fragmented, poorly informed and often ineffective healthcare system.

    It is a study in courage, character and hard-earned wisdom – a roadmap for those burdened with any serious chronic illness, and a cautionary tale for all healthcare professionals and educators.

    When you read it – and I hope that you do – keep in mind that it has been written by a highly intelligent woman whose brain has been traumatically reprogrammed to malfunction. The language is simple and straightforward, at times eloquently so, and designed to tell a story.

    It is a story of a woman – one who cannot use a computer monitor or TV screen, who still must hunt for the proper words to express her thoughts, who bears the distraction of constant pain and myriad other symptoms – and her self-guided journey from the depths of rage, self-pity and loss to a place of peace, acceptance and wisdom. I found it insightful, inspiring and full of practical advice.

    Along the way Shay takes alarming snapshots of a baffling and often broken healthcare system. As a retired physician, healthcare executive and professional educator, it further opened my eyes to the difficulties we often impose upon our patients in the name of helping them. I long to share and discuss it with students of the health professions.

    And as for all the rest of us, who are either current or future patients of our healthcare system, there is no more important message than the one Shay delivers: YOU must take ownership and responsibility for your health and your healthcare. YOU must accept the fact that illness, pain and suffering are inevitable parts of the human experience.

    Learn all you can about health and disease, especially any conditions you may be afflicted with. Strive to know as much (or even more!) than your doctors about such illnesses and ask them to teach you how to assist in your own care. Understand how the healthcare system works (or doesn’t) and how to advocate for yourself. Ask questions, and insist upon honest and complete answers. Don’t let yourself be brushed off, intimidated or talked into something you know is not correct. Patients who adhere to these principles generally have better health outcomes. Healthcare providers who support them tend to be the best in their fields.

    Healthcare has its limits: there are some problems it just cannot fix. If this applies to you, and pain or dysfunction must be a part of your world, accept it and even embrace it. It is a part of life, but should not become life’s totality. Stop pinning all your hopes on a “miracle cure” and invest that energy in finding a way to peacefully co-exist with your affliction. People who can do this tend to find a new measure of peace and wisdom in their world. Shay did, and now she’s helping others. There is no finer thing than service to one’s fellow man.

    As a caveat, I must point out Shay’s book is dated, having first been written as a private memoir several years ago. This is in no way detrimental. The book speaks just as strongly to the contemporary state of affairs as it did back then. Healthcare professionals who browse its pages will find occasional references to outdated terminology and treatments. I hope it stimulates reflection on just how transient our beliefs about best practices and state-of-the-art medicine really are.

    I understand Ms. Stone has published another book, this one dealing with the world of romance, sexuality and relationships, again from a TBI perspective. If it’s anything like Pain, Pain… , I can’t wait to read it.

    Reviewed by

    John J. Wisniewski, M.D. M.H.S.A.

    March 2013

    {Dr. Wisniewski is not Shay Stone’s physician and has not medically evaluated her. He received a complimentary copy of Pain Pain…Go Away but did not receive any compensation for this book review. The new book by Shay Stone to which he refers in his last paragraph is Why Am I Still Single: A Tough Love Guide for Single Women, currently available in hardcover from Pie Plate Publishing. Many thanks to Dr. Wisniewski for taking the time to do this review and to give his professional opinion for the benefit of future readers. Media Responses or Inquires may be made to jjw.md.mhsa@gmail.com}

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