Ravyn’s Doll by Melissa Swanson

This week’s review is Ravyn’s Doll: How to explain fibromyalgia to your child by Melissa Swanson. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all my books a shot. There are a few ways I find new books to read: Goodreads, my two book clubs, friends’ recommendations, and browsing the internet. My favorite author is Greg Iles, and the books I am most interested in reading are nonfiction books about the Holocaust.

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Ravyn’s Doll

There are limited kids books that explain what fibromyalgia is, let alone in the way that Melissa explains it in Ravyn’s Doll. My kids love her book, but it’s my youngest daughter’s favorite book.


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About the book

Taken from the Amazon website:

“All the kids in class made paper dolls to show someone they love who is hurt or sick. When it’s Ravyn’s turn to share, she shows a paper doll of her mom — and it looks like there is nothing wrong!


Ravyn teaches the class that even though her mom looks healthy, she’s not! Ravyn’s mom suffers from fibromyalgia and its evil sidekicks. Ravyn’s Doll is a simple and effective way to explain fibromyalgia to your child. In a way that is understandable to children. it shows that not all illnesses are visible and explains how living with an invisible illness affects families’ daily lives. Ravyn’s Doll describes and illustrates why mom or dad can’t do the things they used to do — things that other moms, dads or other family members can do.


Other Resources Contained within the book are internet sites and books to read to learn more about Fibromyalgia and other Invisible illnesses, such as Lupus, Lyme Disease, ME, CFS, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraine, and others.


A portion of the sale of each book will be donated to the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.

 

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About the Author

Taken from Amazon:

“Melissa is a chronic pain patient, advocate, and author. Through her Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life Facebook page and blog, she offers positive encouragement, medical information, resources, and support to 18,000+ fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients. In addition, Melissa is a writer for ProHealth.com and the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association’sAdvocate Voice newsletter. She has also served as editor and writer for Living Well with Fibromyalgia magazine.

ChronicPainDisorders.com and Healthline have both named Melissa’s blog as one of the Best Fibromyalgia Blogs. Healthline says, “This Blog has just about everything you need to read on the pain and exhaustion brought on by the illness. Look for treatments, must-reads, facts, and more. This married, full-time working mom is a true warrior against the debilitations of fibro.”

Melissa is a graduate of the Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Training, sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, and the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. She is a member of the Leaders Against Pain Action Network. Melissa works with clients as a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor helping them learn tools to live with the chronic illness fibromyalgia. If you’re looking for a cheerleader to be in your corner with a little bit of “tough love” when needed, Melissa is the one for you. She understands the struggles of trying to balance family life and work while living with the challenges of fibromyalgia and its evil sidekicks.”

 

 

My Thoughts

This book speaks volumes to how much our kids pay attention to parents. They see what we do and what we don’t do. It’s important for our kids to understand why we can’t do a lot of things our kids want us to do. It’s more of a ‘can’t’ rather than ‘don’t’. Using the school setting as a teaching environment was a great idea. Having the kids compare illness and the ways people get sick was brilliant as well. Some you can see and some you can’t see – a concept few adults can grasp let alone our children. Fibromyalgia was explained well in kids terms in which they can understand – and even included the pronunciation – along with vibrant colors and likable colors.
This is a must read for any fibro parent! It leads to the ongoing discussion of fibromyalgia, and allows children to grasp the concept of an invisible illness.

Conclusion

I gave this book 5 out of five stars.

 

 

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