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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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.
About the book
Melissa’s children’s book is based on Ravyn, a little girl in kindergarten whose mom is living with fibromyalgia. Ravyn’s class is having a health lesson on sickness, and the school nurse asks the students to make a paper doll representing a family member who is sick. When Ravyn shows her paper doll, her doll doesn’t appear to be sick like her classmates’ paper dolls. She then explains fibromyalgia, what it means, and how she helps her mom with her illness.
Through the use of vibrant colors, children’s language, and lovable characters, Melissa creates a reliable resource for fibro parents to explain fibromyalgia to their children. The story opens the door to a conversation about the illness and how it affects the entire family in terms of symptoms and help. It goes a step further to show children that illness can’t always be seen, and there are various ways for a person to be sick.
In addition to her book, Melissa has created a coloring book, Ravyn’s Doll: How to Explain Fibromyalgia to Your Child: The Coloring Book, and is available for purchase on Amazon. The International Support Fibromyalgia Network is raising awareness for the fibromyalgia community by connecting individuals around the world through Ravyn’s Doll. To share your fibromyalgia story, video, and/or photo, visit www.RavynsDoll.com.
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.”
#ravynsdoll is one of her favorite books. Maybe it’s the bright colors or likable characters. Maybe it’s the relatable content. Or maybe it’s all three of the above. Whatever it is, she loves it! Abby let me snap a few photos for the review, but she wants the book back. Thank you, Melissa, fir a great book! @fibrowarriorslivinglife
I gave this book 5 out of five stars.