Ravyn's Doll

How To Explain Fibromyalgia To Your Child

Children - Educational
42 Pages
Reviewed on 02/11/2018
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Author Biography

Melissa Swanson is a chronic pain patient, advocate, and author. Through her Facebook page, she offers positive encouragement, medical information, resources, and support to 20,000 + fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients. In addition to her own blog, Fibro Warriors ~ Living Life Melissa has been published in “ProHealth.com”"Living Well with Fibromyalgia" and the NFMCPA "Advocate Voice". In 2016, she released her first children’s book, Ravyn’s Doll, How to explain fibromyalgia to your child.

Melissa is a graduate of the Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Training, sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, and the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. Melissa works with clients as a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor helping them learn tools to live with the chronic illness fibromyalgia.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Ravyn’s Doll: How To Explain Fibromyalgia To Your Child by Melissa Swanson is an informative book that will educate young readers about fibromyalgia. It is Monday morning and it is a family share day for the children in Miss Mindy’s kindergarten class. Children find her class fun and exciting. This week they are learning about health. The school nurse is going to talk to the class. Everyone has come with their paper doll patient and is eagerly waiting to share their family story with the nurse. The students take their turn to share their stories. The last student is Ravyn and her paper doll does not look like a patient. Ravyn tells Miss Mindy that her mother is sick from inside and has fibromyalgia, and her body hurts all the time.

I like the way in which the author helps children understand about fibromyalgia. The thought of having paper dolls as patients is original and there cannot be a better way than that to help children understand about illnesses in a way that isn't boring or scary. The illustrations do full justice to the concept and will hold the attention of young readers till the story ends. The book is useful when it comes to helping children easily understand about fibromyalgia. Ravyn does a great job introducing the disease to her classmates using her paper doll. This book is a must-have in the homes of all fibromyalgia patients as it helps to increase awareness about the problem and handle it in a better way.