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Book Review: 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness

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Joanna Charnas’s  latest book,  100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness,  recently came to my attention. This book is short and filled with tips and ideas.  Library Journal  calls it, “An excellent resource worthy of multiple reads. For those with a determined spirit during discouraging times.” Actually, after reading through the book, I think that most of us are “chronically human” and can benefit from most, if not all, of the suggestions. It would even by a nice Mother’s Day or birthday gift. Joanna has personal experience with chronic illness, have been ill for seventeen years before she learned it was a condition that had no cure. Following the publication of her first book, Joanna spent two years as a  Huffington Post blogger, and she currently writes articles for an international health website. Her first book,  Living Well With Chronic Illness,  was an American Book Fest Finalist in the “Health: General” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards. I like the siz

Book Review: 5 Stars from Readers' Favorite for Joanna Charnas's A Movie Lover's Search for Romance

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  Just in today! Readers' Favorite has rated A Movie Lover's Search for Romance as 5 stars! Here is a piece of the review: one of the most honest dating memoirs I've read Charnas is a delight to read and her optimism and experiences are nothing short of extraordinary. For the rest of the review, click HERE . For other posts by and about this book, Joanna Charnas, and other Charnas books, click HERE .

Author in the News: Deborah Kalb Interviews MSI Press Author, Joanna Charnas

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  On Friday, August 28, Deborah Kalb interviewed Joanna Charnas about her new book, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance. Read the interview HERE . For more posts about Joanna Charnas and her books, click HERE .              

Author Interview: Joanna Charnas

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Author: Joanna Charnas Books:  100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness Living Well with Chronic Illness Date of Interview: August 20, 2018 Joanna Charnas has authored two books published by MSI Press. Meet the author! Who are you? What do you want readers to know about you? I've been a social worker for thirty years, and I have clinical licenses to practice psychotherapy in two states. My books are based on my professional experience with patients and my personal experience managing my own chronic illness . Why are you qualified to write this book? I've been ill since I was nineteen years old, and I've learned over the years how to have a happy life while struggling with illness. I've also listened to my patients and understand what they find helpful. What is the message of your book? What should be the take-away by readers? The message of my books is that it is possible to have a good life while chronically ill

Finding Joy Half a World Away: Traveling with Chronic Illness (guest post from Joanna Charnas)

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Joanna Charnas, author of Living Well with Chronic Illness and 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness,   at first thought that she culd not travel from San Diego to New Delhi, given her state of chronic illness  So, she turned down multiple invitations from a friend in India to visit. Then, her nephew married a young woman from Delhi, and the compelling desire to see their wedding took over in spite of concerns about the level of medical care available in India, And she found -- joy in the experience. Read about her experience in her post in yoursnews.india: You Will Dance: Finding Joy in an Indian Wedding . Read more posts by and about Joanna Charnas here :

Finding My Own Role Model (guest post from Joanna Charnas)

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  During the 1970s, many of the girls in my high school had feathered blond hair, like Farrah Fawcett, who starred in the television show  Charlie's Angels   and was a huge celebrity at the time. Short, curvy, and dark haired, I couldn’t relate to her at all. I spent much of my free time in adolescence obsessively watching classic movies in art houses, among them the 1955 film  The Rose Tattoo , starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster. The day I saw that movie, I discovered a star I could relate to. She was dark and curvy, just like me. This year while lunching with my stepmother and aunt, I told them I’d always wanted to look like Anna Magnani. They both immediately exclaimed, “You do!” I was deeply gratified. I finally fulfilled my ideal of female beauty. We can spend our lives wanting to be something we’re not, or we can set our own standards. We don’t have to fit into what’s popular. I found a movie star I could relate to, and she provided the imag

Author in the News: Owl Tail Turns Five Interviews by Joanna Charnas into a Podcast

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  Now you can hear all five interviews of Joanna Charnas by the hosts of OwlTail at the same time! They have been pieced together into one podcast HERE . OwlTail has some very interesting programming, including interviewing the likes of former president Obama and Elon Musk. Well worth following! Read more posts that include links to writings, interviews, and podcasts by Joanna Charnas, including her four books,  HERE . American Book Fest Best Books Awards Finalist 2917 2018 Book Excellence Award Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention 2021 a pandemic series book

A Movie Lover's Search for Romance (Charnas) Selected as a Book Excellence Award Finalist

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  We congratulation our author, Joanna Charnas, for the selection of her excellently written book and compelling story, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance, as a Book Excellence Award Finalist. For more posts on Joanna and her book(s) click HERE .

Author in the News: Joanna Charnas Interviewed by Authority Magazine

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  Joanna Charnas was interviewed about the topic of divorce by Authority Magazine recently. You can read the interview HERE Joanna is author of four books: Read more posts by and about Joanna and her books HERE .

Introducing Joanna Charnas, MSI Press Author

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Joanna J. Charnas is a social worker with over thirty years of experience as a licensed mental health provider. She received her master’s degree from Boston University School of Social Work in 1988 and has earned the highest level of social work licensure in California (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2001.) She has worked in numerous service sectors, all of which placed fragile people in her care and enhanced her clinical acumen and skills. Since 1995, she has worked specifically with people with mental and physical illnesses. She published on HuffPost Blog for two and a half years, and her writing has appeared in PopSugar, The San Francisco Review of Books, and SteadyHealth. More about her writing can be found at  www.joannacharnas.com Her first book ,   Living Well with Chronic Illness ,  was released August 25, 2015. Her second book,  1 00 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness , was released in April 2018. Her third book, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance

Inside Life at MSI Press: Meeting with Author Joanna Charnas

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Still on the move, MSI Press staff has reached San Diego -- attending a conference this weekend. San Diego is home to MSI Press author, Joanna Charnas. So, we met for lunch and fun at Tandoori House, and we talked about Joanna's forthcoming book, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance . And also about her wnning previous books:  Living Well with Chornic Illness   and  1 00 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness . And we made THREE podcasts! Check Joanna's book pages in a couple of weeks. We will place them there -- and on this blog (so do keep following our blog)! And if you want more than inside information, sign up for our newslettert!

A Fun Blog by MSI Press Author Joanna Charnas

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  Like movies? Like movie stars? Since the publication of her book, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance (a great read, by the way, and winner of two book awards), Joanna Charnas has maintained a blog about movies and stars, much in line with her book, but also somewhat different. In order not to spoil the fun-ness of her blog, nothing is being reprinted in this blog post, but you can get it all with one easy click HERE , which takes you to her blog. Jaonna has authored three other books as well, also award winners. Read more posts about Joanna and all her books HERE . Sign up for the MSI Press LLC newsletter.

Podcast: MSI Press Editor Interviews MSI Press Author, Joanna Charnas

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Just up! Managing Editor, Dr. Betty Lou Leaver, and Graphic Designer/Tech Director, Carl Leaver, traveled to San Diego, California in February. While there, they met with author, Joanna Charnas, author of three books, and conducted an interview on each book. Listen to the podcast  about 100 Tips & Tools for Managing Chronic Illness on our podcast page on our website by clicking  HERE . Take a look at Joanna's three books: 100 Tips & Tools for Managing Chronic Illness Living Well with Chronic Illness A Movie Lover's Search for Romance (to be released in July)

Author in the News: Joanna Charnas's Book, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance, Is a Suggested Holiday Gift by Splash Magazine

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  photo by Splash Magazine Library Journal calls it, “The perfect pandemic read for those, “thrown into the dating world and trying to mesh real life with that depicted in the movies.” Read more of the review by Splash Magazine on the holiday suggestion list HERE . Also, read the interview with the author in Splash Magazine: "A Movie Lover's Search for Romance" Review--A Captivating Read HERE . Read more posts by and about Joanna Charnas and her books HERE . 

My Frenemy--The Dishwasher (guest post from Joanna Charnas)

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Joanna Charnas, author of Living Well with Chronic Illness and 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illbess, talks in this post about the common everyday things that can become really serious issues for those who are ill. Read her article in yoursnews here . Read more articles from Joanna here , along with her an interview with her.

The Psychodynamics of Becoming a New Author (from the writings of Joanna Charnas)

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For struggling writers (struggling to write, struggling to get published, struggling to sell books), this article, published last year after Joanna Charnas's second book came out, is a gem. (link: https://sanfranciscobookreview.com/how-my-dream-came-true-but-then-i-lost-my-mind-the-psychodynamics-of-being-a-new-author/) sanfranciscobookreview.com/how-my-dream-c…

Excerpt from Living Well with Chronic Illness (Charnas): Sadness

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Sadness  Sometimes, living with chronic illness can make us feel deeply sad. It’s okay to occasionally fall apart. Cry if you need to. After a painful and unexpected episode of particularly bad health, I often found myself overcome by sadness and despair. I would be doing the dishes, making the bed, or watching a television commercial, and I’d start to weep. On top of everything else, I then felt stupid. But so what? No one besides you cares if you sob while you wash the dinner dishes! However, if sadness overwhelms you and you can rarely shake it off, you may be clinically depressed. Then you might consider consulting a therapist for counseling or antidepressant medications. Therapy and/or medication won’t ensure your happiness, but they may alleviate the oppressive quality of your sadness. While it’s natural to feel sad, try not to dwell on your despair longer than necessary. Only you know how long you need to focus on your sad feelings. But if you find yourself weeping

Just Released: Hard Cover Edition of A Movie Lover's Search for Romance (Charnas)

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  Joanna Charnas's award-winning book, A Movie Lover's Search for Romance , has been released in hard cover, joining her paperback and e-book versions. Check out more information about this book . Get a discount on the book at the MSI Press webstore by using the code FF25.

Daily Excerpts: Excerpt from 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness (Charnas): #11. A Slice of Canine Heaven

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  Today's daily excerpt comes from 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness by Joanna Charnas.  11.  A SLICE OF CANINE HEAVEN             When Emme died, I struggled to find the right words of condolence for her owner, my colleague Matt. I finally told him that rarely are my expectations of great things completely fulfilled, but my day with Emme exceeded my hopes and was a joy. Emme was a 170-pound Great Dane who spent one hot summer day, per Matt, “babysitting” me when I was homebound with a sinus infection. I’d been sick in June with a similar illness, and when I returned to work, Matt offered to bring Emme to my home the next time I felt ill. He knew I loved Great Danes but couldn’t own one because of my chronic illness. So, during my second week-long bout that summer with sinus issues, I gave Matt a call. At six-thirty the next day, he arrived with Emme and the largest dog bed I’d ever seen.  After an hour of anxiously checking my front door, Emme settled in. She was th

Excerpt from Tips, Tools and Anecdotes to Help with a Pandemic (Charnas): Overcoming Challenges, Tips 1-3

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OVERCOMING CHALLENGES 1. DO WHAT WORKS: VILE COUGH DROPS As I recovered from a splenectomy, I caught the horrible cold that was going around my work place. It started with a hacking cough in my chest. The day the cough started, I went to the Nex (Navy exchange, similar to a 7-Eleven) in the basement of my building and bought cough drops. They were vile but wonderfully effective. I hated them but needed them to be even marginally functional and to get to sleep. I ran into my neighbor a couple of days after the coughing started and mentioned the horrible cough drops. He said he’d had the same illness and recommended a better- tasting brand. He fished one out of his pocket and gave it to me. His brand tasted much better, but I didn’t have the time or energy to go to the drug store right then, so I continued to ingest the horrid ones for a while longer. I often advise my mental health patients do what works to improve their health even if they don’t like the options, su