Everyone sits. But what happens when even that simple action is enough to cause severe back pain?
Despite the simplistic name, getting diagnosed with a sitting disability means your life is about to get much, much more complicated. When every bend and turn means suffering, even the most ordinary of events ends up a challenge. Long car, train, and plane rides are excruciating. Even sitting a table for the length of a meal is unthinkable. Forget about going to the movies unless you plan to stand in the back. And at the office, while everyone else relaxes at their desks, you’re forced to remain upright in your cubicle for eight long hours.
In Can’t Sit: Living with a Sitting Disability , author Rick Lunkenheimer chronicles his journey with a sitting disability and all the inconveniences and pains it presents. Starting from his initial spikes of minor back pain to a life living with what has only recently been labeled a disability, Lunkenheimer takes us through the myriad of doctors’ visits, misdiagnoses, rehabilitations, and even one major back surgery that follow.
Can’t Sit reveals just how awkward such a condition can make any social situation, not to mention the quizzical stares, amateur diagnoses, and accusations of insurance fraud that follow wherever you go. A heartwarming and educational story from start to finish, Lunkenheimer’s Can’t Sit paints a sympathetic picture of a life without the ability to sit—something we all take for granted.
A powerful and honest read about coping with pain
By Piaras on 29 January, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)
I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this book. I hope my review and the author’s testament will help others who are ‘silently’ suffering with this terrible condition. He tells his story in a very honest and open way. There’s no self-pity here; just a straightforward account about his suffering and how he has learned to cope with it.
I have suffered from chronic pain for over 30 years. It mostly affects my neck, back, shoulders hands and chest. More recently I have severe pain in the jaw area, blurred vision and have just had surgery for reflux problems. The sleepless nights with cold sweats and muscle cramps are awful. I was forced to leave a job I loved five years ago, as I had so much widespread pain. People will tell me I look very healthy, and although I wouldn’t want to look ill, it is extremely hard to make family and friends understand how debilitating these symptoms are. It is only now having seen a new G.P. that I have been referred to see a consultant who is arranging an MRI scan. He has mentioned he thinks it could be fibromyalgia. I’ll have to wait and see.
Can’t Sit: Living with a Sitting Disability by debut author Rick Lunkenheimer isn’t just a memoir; it’s a life improvement book. It’s an absolute must read for anyone who needs a healthy dose of inspiration in their life. This book is intelligent, wise and written in a very honest and open way. It becomes obvious as you read through this incredible page turner that the author is imparting his wisdom and understanding as to what happiness and health really means. It’s an excellent guide for putting things into perspective and may well be a potential life changer for all those who read it.
Being able to adjust to life with a disability is no easy task to say the least. Human nature being what it is, we tend to take our health for granted — until it’s gone. How many times do we hear that ‘our health is our wealth’ and never really let that message fully sink in until our health fails us? This is a powerful true-life story of learning to cope with the limitations of disability and emotional suffering.
Profound thoughts are explained here in the simplest manner. That’s all one can say about this book. It’s difficult to write a more objective review, because the impact the author will have on you will make you see life and its problems in a wise and practical way. The book should NOT be read – it should be absorbed and reflected upon.
This book will help you to clarify your thinking, process your feelings, and make better decisions. The author has put his heart in the pages of this book that will inspire and give hope to the reader. So many wonderful and courageous people share their experiences through books, and I thank this author for sharing his.
The overall tone was simply imparting knowledge, personal experience and wisdom in a gentle and generous way. His words will help to better equip you to interpret and handle life in a whole new way, which in turn will bring peace, love and joy into your life. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement in the face of serious health issues, this would come highly recommended from me.
No matter what your situation is today, this book will put you on the right path to better things. I’ve been around the block a few times myself and even I found this read to be very insightful. This wonderful book will show you how to properly tune into life and the path you must follow to achieve this. It’s by far is one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time. The author must be commended for his time and effort for producing such a profound and insightful book.
Can’t Sit: Living with a Sitting Disability is a wonderful read that will leave you feeling like a better person for having read it. It’s an impressive work and I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. A well-deserved five stars from me. Without exaggeration or sounding overly dramatic, if I could give this book 10 stars, I would. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
For the troubled mind and soul, this book will help to calm you down while offering inner peace and simultaneously help you to build a better and more meaningful life. Very few books had this kind of impact on me. Read it and you’ll know what I mean.