Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love

Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love

Battle for Grace is about a seven-year-old girl who sees Funny Girl and has a dream. To act, to dance and to sing.

It’s also about how she becomes a woman whose life is virtually destroyed by a crippling mystery illness and how she fights the institutions that failed her. A woman who has lived an almost impossible love story that began before her illness. Somehow she and the man who is her reason for living, her caregiver and her partner in life have managed to stick together for more

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  • jeff hoogland says:
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    In A Word: AMAZING!, June 9, 2013
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    jeff hoogland (el segundo, ca United States) –

    This review is from: Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love (Paperback)
    Battle for Grace is by far the best book I’ve read about pain to date–and I’ve read MANY! I’m sure there would be fewer of us dealing w/this horrible illness alone if more people shared their stories as the author does. It’s a brave, open, honest, real account of her experiences with chronic pain–good and bad.

    However, Battle for Grace is actually *two books* in one… The insight provided by the author’s hubby/caregiver chapter after chapter was incredibly valuable. Pain impacts relationships FOR SURE, but until now, I’d never really heard this side of the story. Though I’ve lived w/pain since ’99, no one in my life has ever given me this kind information–what they went through, how they felt. Most just walked away.

    As the author astutely says: “Pain is a unique illness; sufferers don’t get better & they don’t die.” Support dwindles & before long-we feel very alone. Or we actually are. It can be tough to express how difficult it is to live w/pain and for loved ones, it’s difficult too. This book does such an excellent job telling *both sides* of the story.

    I really wish Battle for Grace was available when my pain was getting really serious–what a powerful way to help loved ones understand what it’s *really* like to live with chronic pain/chronic illness! Even more, this book would be a powerful tool for pain patients *and* loved ones to have a vital two-way discussion. Instead of just helping a loved one understand my chronic pain hell, I’d love to understand how my loved ones felt too–*their* hell, watching helplessly as pain destroyed my life, career, dreams. Anything that makes this difficult subject easier to discuss–what a blessing! (And for a couple family members, I think this book will *still* be an effective tool–can’t wait to share it.)

    Battle for Grace also helped me in an unexpected way… On my journey from “normal” to “pain patient” to “survivor,” I felt scared, hurt and angry. As I read this book, at times I couldn’t help but reflect on my own experiences. Chronic pain definitely destroyed my life and forced me to rebuild it. At one point, I didn’t recognize myself anymore–living on the verge of suicide for months was a nightmare. And once I found my way out of the shadows, I never looked back. At the time, I thought it was healthier to just move forward and be thankful that I’d found a good doctor and was finally getting effective treatment.

    Somehow, reading the author’s difficult experiences made it easier for me to look back at my worst days and let go some of my bottled up emotions. More importantly, I’ve focused on forgiving myself for my destructive behavior and on forgiving others for their actions–realizing they were hurting too. Reflection is a powerful thing, as is letting go. This book has truly helped me continue on my journey of healing. And as a result, I’ve made myself a promise: Should I ever be that ill again, I will find constructive ways to deal with my illness as well as my accompanying emotions. What a wonderful gift!

    Battle for Grace is powerful & also inspirational. The author took her nightmare of chronic pain and transformed it into a passion for advocacy, helping other women in pain… I’m in awe of the book and am thankful to Ms. Cynthia Toussaint! Battle for Grace is an AMAZING pain memoir, but I found it to be *so much more!* I think you will, too. Read it now! ~Heather Grace

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  • A. J. Westbrook "GrtBroadwaySinger" says:
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Baby Grace Is Grown Up!!, March 27, 2013
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    This review is from: Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love (Paperback)
    I feel like a proud Uncle!! I have watched Cynthia and her Baby Grace grow from the germ of an idea, to a full fledged living, breathing, dancing young woman!!
    This book, this story, this life is about a courageous, talented, tenacioius, dedicated woman who was stricken with an unknown ailment. Nobody believed her, but she NEVER gave up!! This is about a woman howling in real pain while everyone told her it was all in her mind. She defied everyone and now walks, dances, sings, writes and FILLS this world with HOPE! She created, with the love, dedication and strength of her partner John Garrett, a foundation that teaches, educates and enlightens us all to NEVER give up.
    From the darkest place to the highest peaks, Cynthia takes us on a journey that would have made even the strongest person give up…yet…she NEVER did! She tells and shows us all, never give in and never lose faith.
    She has inspired countless people and after reading this book, you will be as well. Join this dance, this life, this love, this song…for it’s wisdom born from pain!! Against all odds, Cynthia rose from the bondage of this disease, to lead us all towards Freedom!! Never again, indeed Miss T!! THANK YOU!!
    AND…thank you to ALL of the men and women who helped my friend Cynthia achieve this well deserved goal. You are all proud soldiers!!

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  • Mindy M. Meyer says:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brave!!!, June 3, 2013
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    This review is from: Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love (Paperback)
    Living in severe pain for well over a decade with no understanding as to the cause or a possible cure is a hell I cannot possibly imagine. I did it for only 7 months; it was the hardest period of my life, and I survived only through God’s grace. Living through it and then writing a book exposing the actions of yourself and your partner, during your most vulnerable times in some pretty unflattering lights is tremendously brave and generous. We as a society are taught to hide what hurts us and absolutely hide what does not make us look good, but that does not promote healing. By standing up and shining a light on what you lived through, you have opened the door for others to feel perhaps less judgment and more compassion for themselves. For this alone your book deserves 5 stars. Thank you for your voice and vulnerability.

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