Living with Pain, Finding Joy

Anne Welsh’s memoir about life with sickle cell anaemia published in June 2019.

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ISBN: 9781781329047
Published: June 2019
Publisher: SilverWood Books
216 x 140mm (246 pages)

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Learn how to overcome your pain by taking a few simple steps

Anne Welsh has lived with chronic pain all her life. As a sufferer of sickle cell disease, she is no stranger to the everyday struggles and mental anguish that can come from living with an invisible illness.

Like so many who suffer from painful and life-changing conditions, Anne has battled with depression: times when she believed that she could never lead a normal and happy life. But thanks to the support of many people along the way, she has discovered that life can still be wonderful, no matter your challenges.

In Pain-Less, Anne talks about these struggles and the lessons she has learned and gives advice that she hopes will help not only others in a similar situation, but also their families and loved ones.

For Anne and many like her, pain is an inevitable part of daily life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fulfil your dreams: whatever they may be.

Anne Welsh’s Pain-Less, a memoir about life with sickle cell anaemia, is now available from all good bookshops.

Reader Reviews

Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President of Nigeria 1999-2007

“Most people suffering from diseases or ailments are always reluctant to discuss their experiences in public let alone committing such experiences into a book form for all to read. Anne has got over the shyness and the inhibition and has put her experiences and how, with the support of family, loved ones, friends and her doctors and with the grace of God, she was able to “live painlessly with pain and make the best out of life”. It is a must read for victims of sickle cell disease, family members of sufferers, handlers and colleagues of victims of sickle cell or sufferers from any chronic illness or disease.”

The Most Revd and Rt Hon. Dr John Sentamu
Archbishop of York

“An honest and insightful account in to a world unknown to so many. Having spent her life living with this inherited blood disorder, Anne’s Christian faith, courage, determination and hope in the midst of adversity shines through as she charts each stage of her life living with sickle cell disease. With helpful pointers throughout both for those living with sickle cell and for friends and family supporting, this is a resource worth reading. As Anne comments, “never let your illness define who you are and make you afraid” – Amen to that is what I say!”

Professor Dame Sally C Davies FRS FMedSci
Chief Medical Officer UK

“I have the utmost respect for those who suffer from sickle cell disease. The pain I have seen them experience is just awful and the suffering is immense. Any help for people to learn how to avoid pain triggers and handle their pain better is to be welcomed, as in this book based on the life and experience of Anne Welsh.”

Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah
President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank)

“Anne is a remarkable person, not only for overcoming the health and social challenges associated with the condition but also for being so generous to share so freely your exception experience.”

June Sarpong MBE

“I’m delighted that Anne Welsh has decided to shine a light on the very important issue of sickle cell by bravely sharing her own personal journey.”

Lord Mark Malloch Brown

“Anne has been in the frontline in everything she does; to do it while managing so much pain is an inspiration to all who struggle with health and work.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
World Health Organisation Director-General

“The best books are those that harness personal experience to help others. That’s what this book is: a powerful account of Anne Welsh’s own journey with her ‘invisible illness’; a valuable resource for sufferers of sickle cell anaemia; and an important reminder to those of us in public health of our duty both to ensure people like Anne can access the care they need, and to work towards a cure.”