NYT on The Body Broken

The New York Times reports on The Body Broken: A Memoir by Heights resident Lynne Greenberg detailing her decades long battle with chronic pain:

New York Times: For Lynne Greenberg, a Brooklyn Heights resident, mother of two and scholar of 17th-century English literature, the headache is the only thing, really, the metronome by which she has lived out the last three years. It struck in 2006 while she was sitting in a London library making her way through a stack of ancient documents: “Any movement or physical activity at all sent shock waves through the center of my head.” It has never gone away.

More than two decades ago, when Ms. Greenberg was 19, a car accident catapulted her over an embankment to a 30-foot fall. She broke her neck but miraculously escaped all neurologic injury, and after a few months of neck immobilization she was declared cured.

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  • mhon

    I want to read this book. I suffer from occasional migranes but can only imagine what it’s like to be in chronic pain. She’s a brave and inspiring person. Check her out on GMA: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=7158139

  • brenda

    Wish I could locate one of the orthopedic pillows that Lynne wrote about in her book. Has anyone asked her? Also, which hospital did she visit for the long term stay?

  • cwaldman

    I would really like to get one of those pillows too, to know which one helped her. I use a feather pillow and squinch it around so it comes all the way down onto my chest, sleeping on my side. I have the memory foam, too, and the feather pillow seemed better. Still searching for a good supportive pillow. Maybe the feather pillow with a rolled up towel behind the neck….I”ll try that tonight.