We are living in unprecedented times right now and I feel it would be wrong of me to ask for anything for this book right now. That’s why I’m sharing my ebook with you for free! I never cease to be amazed by the synchronicities that happen in life. I felt drawn to rewrite the original draft last year and publish it before I continued working on the Who Cares 4 Us series, little did I know that this pandemic was imminent and the words I’d written for those of us living with disability and illness might be of value to a wider community. The idea behind the book was ‘does it mean that we can’t be happy if we don’t have good health?’ after all the saying is ‘health and happiness go hand in hand.’ This book helps you to look inside yourself to find true happiness, learning to live in the present moment.
Over the years I’ve learnt to focus on being positive as much as possible, and I’ve discovered that when you live with a more positive attitude you become a happier person.
Recently I saw a fantastic TV series focusing on how to be happy. There was one point where they focused on how happiness and health go hand in hand, and it got me thinking “what if you haven’t got good health?” What if you’re living with a disability or chronic illness? Most of these life coaching programmes and books focus on people who can go to the gym and exercise etc. So, what if you can’t? Like myself, many people live with illness and disability, but does that mean we’re unhappy? ‘No!’
Many people have commented on my positive outlook over the years, despite having to deal with so many personal battles. To be honest it hasn’t always been easy to stay positive, but over the years I’ve discovered various ways to cope and I’m going to share these strategies with you throughout this book.
As I write this, I’m almost 46 years old. I’ve dealt with poor health for most of my life, finally being diagnosed with Ehler Danlos syndrome (and many of its linked conditions) in 2016. I’ve never let it stop me though, always believing there are ways to get around the difficulties, you just have to look for them.
I’ve followed my dreams, having been a professional singer, a mother, a childminder and now a writer…oh and I’ve been a carer for the last 16 years too, although I hadn’t envisaged that happening; seeing as my husband was never ill until I.I.H. started.
I’ve battled with depression and won and it’s fair to say that I’ve been the glue holding my family together through the bad times with my husband’s I.I.H and also through my son’s battle with addiction and mental health issues.
As you go through this book, I’ll share my experiences with you, so you can see that it’s not been an easy journey, but I’ve come out the other end happy!
If I’d had a book like this along the way, it probably wouldn’t have taken me so long to get there, which is why I’m writing this, in the hope that it’ll help someone else out there.
If you’d like to check it out for yourself, here’s the link. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/VictoriaLewin
Testimonial By Naomi Pearson
“I met Victoria through Gabby Bernstein’s Miracle Membership, we were both looking for a spiritual running buddy to help motivate and keep our spiritual practices on track. I was instantly drawn to Victoria, who like me, is living life with the unpredictability of having a chronic illness yet she has such a positive outlook on life. After reading her book, Happiness, not only does Victoria’s strength shine through but the message that love, spirit and hope can carry you through the dark times in life. Even if you are not a spiritual person there are so many useful tips, inspiring poems and real life examples of how you can be happy no matter what life throws at you. For those who live with a disability or chronic illness, I highly recommend reading this book. Victoria is someone who is living with complex chronic illness’ and disability; her understanding of how this affects us mind, body and spirit and how we can work with our condition to live well struck a chord with me so deep I actually cried! Here is someone who truly understands the struggle and still manages to move forward in life. Victoria is truly an inspiration in living a life of self love and positivity.”
ENDORSEMENT FROM MARGARET ARANDA, MD.
“The simple key to being happier is learning to live in the moment, cherish each day and appreciate the tiniest details.” In her book, Happiness: How to be Happier, No Matter What, Victoria Lewin scores a high 10 out of 10. Bearing her own weight of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Victoria takes her illness to another level and streamlines her pearls of wisdom resonate. Not only is her husband diagnosed with a mysterious illness, Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IHH) but her son has struggled with mental health issues and addiction. So Victoria knows and lives a daily life of pain and works hard to keep her marriage of over 25 years alive. From feeling good and rewinding the clock to see what you have already overcome, Victoria boosts morale and insight into chronic pain. She encourages us to first diagnose and then let go of our negativity, and to take it one step further: to smile and spread the joy! This is a must-read for young wives struggling with family responsibilities, for disabled fathers to focus on overcoming, and for children thrown into carer roles. If you are affected by daily, 24/7 intractable pain, Victoria’s book offers plans and purposes. She shows us how to grab on to each moment and to allow each day its own course. It is saturated with practical and purposeful plans to create your own happiness. So that no matter what, Victoria shows you how to establish and maintain your inner peace, as well as keeping and holding on to your dreams! A great read with practical challenges to create and foster your own happiness.”
Margaret Aranda, MD, Center Physician, Cenegenics Beverly Hills, USA.
ENDORSEMENT FROM LUCY BATHAM-READ.
“We don’t know how strong we are until we are out the other side. Really well written and a perfect reminder that happiness cannot be bought or found anywhere but within us and that trust ourselves is the most powerful faith of all.”
Lucy Batham – Read, Love Ur Soul.