The Pain CompanionBy: Sarah Anne Shockley


A uniquely practical, gentle, and empathic approach to pain management and reduction from a fellow sufferer

  • One in three Americans suffers from pain every day
  • The current opioid epidemic is fueled by the fact that neither traditional medical approaches nor alternative therapies are reliably and completely effective
  • Written by someone who has lived with chronic pain for more than ten years
  • YouTube videos assist readers with guided meditations


“Shockley writes the companion text she wishes she had after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. By focusing on emotional, as opposed to physical, states of pain — loss, grief, shame, terror — she provides an invaluable primer on making lifelong healing choices.”
— Library Journal
“Sarah Anne Shockley learned about pain the hard way, by experiencing it and being incapacitated by it. But she met the pain, and she worked with the pain, and she is offering you the benefit of her experience in this helpful, gentle book.”
from the foreword by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, bestselling author of The Art of Healing
“The Pain Companion is a practical, insightful, and compassionate guide for chronic pain sufferers. It is beautifully written and sensitive. For those who have searched to make sense of chronic pain, here is a packet of understanding — a place where hope and possibilities live.”
— Amber Wolf, PhD
“I would call this the go-to book when nothing else works when you have chronic pain. The intuition, wisdom, exercises, and meditations offered by Sarah Anne Shockley are helpful beyond measure and can assist you on your journey to find your true self. This is a must-read book.”
— Michael A. DeFino, DC
“The Pain Companion offers important insights into the world of chronic pain. Sarah Anne Shockley gives a comprehensive and profound look at the meaning within the experience of pain. I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially for people living with pain, caregivers, and medical and rehabilitation professionals.”
— Thaïs Mazur, OTR, PhD, coauthor of Do No Harm
“The Pain Companion is a must-have for both pain sufferers and therapeutic practitioners practicing pain relief. Taking from her own life experience, Sarah Anne Shockley offers practical, deep, insightful ways of living with constant, twenty-four-hours-a-day pain, allowing readers ways to shift their mental, emotional, and physical approaches to pain management. I recommend The Pain Companion to all my chronic pain clients.”
— Dr. Celestine Star, DD, AH CH, BCI LC
“A wise, thoughtful, heartfelt autobiography and manual. It beautifully lays out the negative emotions and limiting habits that so often accompany pain and offers strategies for coping and healing.”
— Carol Banquer, MD
“It is so valuable to hear directly from someone who has lived through it herself and developed an approach to pain management that addresses all aspects of living in pain. I highly recommend this book for anyone living with pain or working with people in pain.”
— Pam Dent, OTR
“The Pain Companion is an excellent resource and companion for those with pain. Learning how to become empowered through one’s pain journey is incredibly important. Sarah Anne Shockley shares valuable insights and approaches to living with and managing chronic pain. This is a fantastic read.”
— Nicole Hemmenway, vice president, U.S. Pain Foundation
“This very important book on making life with pain easier offers valuable advice and ideas that could only come from someone who has lived through it. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone experiencing chronic pain and suggest that practitioners read it to gain a greater understanding of the challenges their patients in pain live with.”
— Tracy A. Newkirk, MD
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