Synopses & Reviews
"A practical and invaluable book for healing chronic illness by listening to and following the deep wisdom of the body, mind, and spirit connection. Concha Delgado Gaitan powerfully illustrates the role and strength of one's community in supporting health and healing, and demonstrates the opportunity that illness provides in clarifying what truly is important in life." Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Second Half of Life
A portrait of disability due to lupus (SLE), and the eventual healing of body, mind, and spirit through medical treatment, physical therapy, and spiritual practice. It offers inspirational and informative insight into both Western and Eastern healing modalities, and into the vital role of family and friends in recovering from a chronic autoimmune disease that afflicts millions of Americans, especially women. At the height of her thriving career as a university professor, researcher, prolific writer, and influential advocate for education, Concha Delgado Gaitan was suddenly stricken with unbearable pain and partial paralysis. Diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), she began the long and arduous process of taking control of her own healing. This entailed first creating a language to describe her physical symptoms, accessing the wisdom of traditional and alternative healers, and building a supportive community in which she could literally reinvent herself, transforming her life and overcoming adversity.
About the Author
Concha Delgado Gaitan is an award-winning professor and researcher in Anthropology and Education. She has also worked in the field of public health in culturally diverse communities, combining that interest with her dedication to issues of social justice in education. Dr. Delgado Gaitan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Dudley Thompson, and their cat Sofia.