A remarkable book titled ‘A Romance With Chronic Pain’, detailing the chronic pain story of a survivor, was launched in Accra this past weekend.
Embarking on a journey of resilience and self-discovery, the book offers a raw and intimate account in which the author, Juliana Ama Kplorfia, shares her experiences with chronic pain and the insights she gained from this unconventional relationship.
It delves deeper into what the author describes as a non-consensual entanglement with chronic pain, exploring how Ambition, Love, Acceptance, Joy, and Social Support can serve as potent antidotes in this journey of healing.
This 256-page book, edited by Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, is a pioneering work in the country, not merely narrating a story of survival but a literary piece weaving hope, determination, courage and resilience together to serve as a beacon of inspiration for those grappling with pain and their loved ones.
Highlighting the vital need for such a book, the author, Ms. Juliana Ama Kplorfia, founder and Executive Director of the Girls Excellence Movement-GEM, eloquently stated at the event that the book chronicles an odyssey from an unusual romance to healing aimed at initiating conversations on the shadow subject of pain and eventually influencing social change.
“A Romance with Chronic Pain is not just about my survival – it’s brimming with inspiration drawn from my experiences for anyone, or their loved ones, dealing with chronic pain. As you turn the pages, you will feel inspired to maintain your smile, fully embrace yourself, and seek and accept help on your journey to healing and fulfilling your purpose,” she expressed.
She further elucidated, “This romance was neither sought after nor consented to; it was an uninvited intimacy with Chronic Pain. During this unusual bond, I found myself ensnared by pain’s relentless grip, isolated and violated repeatedly.”
“The onslaught began long before I fully comprehended the concept of pain, enduring over 35 harrowing years. Chronic pain, my unwelcome companion, remained unrelenting in its grasp. Only recently have I garnered the courage to liberate myself from its clutches through a grueling separation,” she added.
The event was attended by notable personalities including Mr. Senyo Hosi as Chairperson; Dr. Wale Okediran, Secretary General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA); Oheneyere Gifty Anti delivering the Keynote Address; Mrs. Lys Hayfron-Asare, Deputy Commissioner, Right To Information (RTI) Commission; and the Editor of the book Representatives from the FOCOS Othopedic Hospital, among others.
Contact the author at www.julianakplorfia.com to place an order for your copy.