New book tells author's story from pain to triumph

CNW Group
March 25, 2014
By CNW Group
Canadian author Carole Staveley's new book, Not Lying Down: How I Conquered Years of Pain to Triumph at the Finish Line, is a personal and heart wrenching story of one woman's dream of overcoming years of chronic pain and despair to becoming an Ironman finisher. The book is the story of the author, a 47-year-old mother of two, and her amazing 17-year journey from pain to triumph, challenging the medical establishment and discovering the champion within: from chronic pain to Ironman Triathlon.
The book is an inspirational account of one woman who has learned to reach her full physical potential, overcoming pain and physical limitations by looking beyond the boundaries of our Western traditional medical system. Throughout the book, her "20/20 hindsight" section could possibly save readers years of research and frustration.

Diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain syndrome (her underlying condition) which interferes with proper muscle function, Staveley tells deeply personal stories that help direct readers to approach problem solving with a system proven to lead to change. As her story unfolds, she chronicles all of the setbacks, the insights and the emotional roller coasters associated with the many challenges along the way. Staveley was very active and athletic, and found herself constantly asking the question, "What's happening to me?"

"We must actually learn to ask doctors to help us," said Staveley. "What took me so many years to discover, could possibly have taken a few months. Imagine losing that much time because you didn't have the knowledge to ask the right questions about your own health?"

An avid tennis player and runner in her youth, Steveley regularly worked out when an injury sidelined her in 1996, when she tore a hip muscle at the age of 30. What she didn't know was that she had an underlying soft tissue condition which interfered with her body's ability to recover from this injury.

She believed for years that what she needed was a "magic bullet" from the traditional medical system to ease her pain, but those beliefs were shattered.

As she continued to be active, more and more injuries seemed to arise. She would injure herself doing strenuous activities and exercises, and then injuries would occur simply by making sudden movements like turning her head too fast. Each of these injuries was viewed as a "one off" by her doctors and was never reviewed in detail as part of her overall chronic and systemic problem.

The book takes the reader through the nine key steps to becoming your own heath champion. It provokes the reader to ask key questions that could change their health and wellbeing – now and forever. It is designed as a self-help guide to encourage readers to become their own health advocate, and to reach their physical potential no matter what their current health condition.
Carole Staveley is also a motivational speaker and the founder of Inner Victory Coaching which offers empowering seminars, webinars and workshops.

Her e-book or soft cover copy is available April 7 at

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