Troubador Dealing with Disability

Released: 28/03/2019

ISBN: 9781789017779

eISBN: 9781838598761

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Dealing with Disability

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Dealing with Disability provides invaluable advice for dealing with the troubles of life and gaining acceptance of what cannot be changed. It is written primarily for people who have recently become disabled and their relatives to help them gain confidence and do their best in dealing with their change in circumstances.


This inspiring book is based on the author’s experience in becoming disabled herself as a result of complications following a heart operation. It focuses on developing the right mental attitude towards handicap and still have a good life. It discusses avoiding negative thoughts and developing perseverance, and how to move on from trauma and let go of anger, blame and regret.

Inside this book is a mix of psychological information and practical advice, while providing the supportive, scientific background for the information given, and the sources of evidence. It mentions useful strategies, exercises, treatments and devices. It also contains encouraging quotations from well-known people with physical disabilities.

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Ashort and inspiring book by an Englishwoman who became wheelchair-bound as a result of complications from an operation. What's most valuable here is the positive not and sympathetic tone to the book. Cairns has been there and lives with the struggles, her voice helps.

by Janet


A very real, heartfelt story.
Victoria’s story is truly inspirational story of hope. Victoria suffered spinal damage due to complications of surgery and as a result she is now in a wheelchair. She is so honest in the book about her emotions, what she went through. How this changed her life and her families.
I throughly enjoyed reading this. A beautiful piece of writing

by Cennin


Brilliant read, very helpful to someone having ability issues, even if nowhere near as bad as those of this inspiring lady.

She's included an excellent index and links of organisations and equipment which can help, which will save somebody newly injured s lot of trial and error.

A very thoughtful little book. Devoured in one sitting.

by Laura


I volunteered to give my honest review in exchange for a free copy of the book. The author is in a wheelchair, and doesn't have the use of her legs. She talks about Cognitive Behavioral therapy, physical exercise, vitamins, and other lesser known therapies. The book has excellent references. I got the book because I have fibromyalgia, but a lot of the things she goes through doesn't apply to me. However, the Cognitive Behavioral therapy, exercise, and vitamins do apply, I think this book us very helpful for people who have recently become disabled.

by Michelle


I chose this book as an early release because of the title and summary. I am a neurologist who works specifically with individuals with special needs, such as paralysis and brain injury. I was quite interested to read the “view from the other side”. I was not disappointed. I love the descriptions the author gives of her medical experience from the onset throughout her ongoing and prolonged rehabilitation. As a medical person, I found myself thinking through the anatomy and physiology of the injury that happened but was more intrigued by her resilience and ongoing ability to continue to work towards improving her outcome. In particular, I loved the attention she paid to pointing out the difference between empathy and compassion, where empathy is a draining experience and compassion is not. Brilliant observation that is so often overlooked and a source of burnout for those dealing with long term healthcare issues.
I know that even one of the events, cardiac arrest, spinal cord injury or brain injury due to hypoxia can be devastating independently of the others and yet she has been able to use all the knowledge she had and has gained to move forward on this journey. Well done to her. She is an inspiration for her candid look at the difficulties of facing a sudden, severe change in health has on someone’s life and mental well-being.
This should be required reading for medical and nursing students as well as people who are themselves dealing with this sort of medical situation. This book offers terrific insight, gives the medical staff insight into how to be compassionate (which sadly sometimes needs teaching) and also helps the families and individuals find resources moving forward.
If I were marketing this book, I would be contacting hospitals and doctors and other ancillary healthcare services to make them aware so they can steer the population that will need this resource to it easily when they need it most.
Best of luck to the author with this and future endeavors!

by Holly C.


I chose this book as an early release because of the title and summary. I am a neurologist who works specifically with individuals with special needs, such as paralysis and brain injury. I was quite interested to read the “view from the other side”. I was not disappointed. I love the descriptions the author gives of her medical experience from the onset throughout her ongoing and prolonged rehabilitation. As a medical person, I found myself thinking through the anatomy and physiology of the injury that happened but was more intrigued by her resilience and ongoing ability to continue to work towards improving her outcome. In particular, I loved the attention she paid to pointing out the difference between empathy and compassion, where empathy is a draining experience and compassion is not. Brilliant observation that is so often overlooked and a source of burnout for those dealing with long term healthcare issues.

I know that even one of the events, cardiac arrest, spinal cord injury or brain injury due to hypoxia can be devastating independently of the others and yet she has been able to use all the knowledge she had and has gained to move forward on this journey. Well done to her. She is an inspiration for her candid look at the difficulties of facing a sudden, severe change in health has on someone’s life and mental well-being.

This should be required reading for medical and nursing students as well as people who are themselves dealing with this sort of medical situation. This book offers terrific insight, gives the medical staff insight into how to be compassionate (which sadly sometimes needs teaching) and also helps the families and individuals find resources moving forward.

If I were marketing this book, I would be contacting hospitals and doctors and other ancillary healthcare services to make them aware so they can steer the population that will need this resource to it easily when they need it most.

Best of luck to the author with this and future endeavors!

by Holly


A compelling story about one woman’s experience with multiple diseases that led to a complicated surgery with life altering effects!

The author isn’t looking for sympathy but a way forward, to show that life does and should exist after disability,

I was very inspired by her story!

by Ana


This book will provide inspiration to everyone who reads it, whether or not they are “Dealing with Disability”.

by LDS


First, I want to thank Victoria Carins, Matador Books and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

Victoria Carins is an incredibly brave woman for sharing her story with the world in Dealing with Disability Moving towards acceptance transformation and renewal. This is the story of her life before her injury, after the operation, coping, and eventually acceptance learning she was disabled.

For me personally this book hit home big time. One reason I wanted to read it is I am considered disabled (even though I hate that label). I have debilitating migraines 10-30 a month after fracturing my neck in 2016. Many of the topics like avoiding negative thoughts, letting go of anger, blame and regret, and getting back to normal life are all things I too am having to deal with. It is not easy.

I really liked the section of the book where she named specific well-respected members of society that have physical disabilities. Very educational as well.

I highly recommend this book for anyone that either just became disabled or has a loved one who is disabled.

by HeidiLynn


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