Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning  How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers, (Second Edition, 2018), now available as a pocket-sized guide that’s intended for those who’ve read How to Be Sick and those who haven’t (May, 2020). She is also the author of two other popular books: How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow and How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide. Her blog, “Turning Straw Into Gold” is hosted by Psychology Today online. Visit her website at