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Nickie's Nook: Sharing the Journey
A compilation of essays, journal entries, stories and humor describing life with blindness and chronic pain. The book is especially helpful for people who want to learn to live with disability and pain, but want to enjoy life. The essays highlight specific challenges, and show the way forward for those who want to manage their conditions.
A Beginning Word or More…
This book is born of my blog, Nickie’s Nook, and
some of the best entries I’ve written there. I want to first
thank you for picking up this book. Whatever reasons
caused you to read these words, I hope it exceeds your
I wrote this book because I hope that my journey
can help others know they are not alone. I hope that my
ideas can help you find peace and hope.
Who is Nickie? I’m a college student, attending a
private college in the Midwest United States. I am blind,
though I can see light and bright colors. I travel with a
wonderful Guide Dog named Julio. I suffer from Complex
Regional Pain Syndrome, a condition characterized by
extreme burning pain. I am a social work major who
hopes to work with people who suffer from pain. Finally, I
am a Christian.
As you can see, there are many facets of my
identity. You will notice this throughout this book, as I
write about my life and multiple strands of who I am
I hope you enjoy reading.
Know your resources: Build a tool box
One of the concepts that could have helped me
the most if I'd been less hardheaded is having a toolbox.
There are several people who have suggested this to
me, some who are good friends, others whom I don't
know but who know a lot about pain management.