ISBN: 9781922539212

The Chronic Pain Couple

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The struggle to maintain joy and a fulfilling relationship while coping with chronic illness and pain is a serious problem for millions of people today. Australian health entrepreneur Karra Eloff has drawn on academic research and her own pursuit of joy in spite of suffering to develop this trailblazing, compassionate, low-energy and practical path to a remarkable new normal, delivering much-needed solutions to couples living with one partner’s chronic pain.



SPECIFICATIONS:   229 x 152 mm  | 272 Pages | Hardback

Karra Eloff is a young Australian health professional, speaker & entrepreneur dedicated to helping suffering people find joy. She is the managing director and co-founder of two private psychology clinics on the East Coast of Australia. She is also the founder of The Chronic Pain Couple, an organisation that delivers practical support to people with chronic pain and their loved one. Karra is a wife, mother, and former speech pathologist who featured as a regular guest panellist on the TV talk show Be That. Karra herself suffers from long-term chronic pain and her personal experience, along with research and work with clients, led her to develop a blueprint to enable any couple living with chronic pain to achieve joy, success and a remarkable relationship.

The struggle to maintain joy & a fulfilling relationship while coping with chronic illness and pain is a serious problem for millions of people today. Australian entrepreneur and health professional Karra Eloff draws on academic research and her own pursuit of joy in spite of suffering to bring this trailblazing, compassionate, low-energy and practical path to a remarkable new normal, for you and your chosen human/partner.

On average, one in five adults suffer from chronic pain. In older people, the number rises to three in five. Most of these people don’t realise they don’t have to settle for a survival-based coexistence with their partner or bury their hopes for success and joy under a mountain of heat packs or duvets.

Chronic illness or pain, according to Karra, need not hold you back from experiencing personal joy and success. It is possible to forge a path to remarkable—to move the dial of a relationship challenged with chronic pain from embattled and exhausted to joyful and passion-filled.

This is possible through small, practical changes that require little energy but make a big impact in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • Mental health
  • Intimacy
  • Personal Success

If you experience chronic pain, or love someone with a chronic illness, this book is for you. If you are a health professional seeking practical advice for people with chronic pain, this book is for you

‘In this book, as in all of her work, Karra is approachable, compassionate and warm, with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of chronic pain and relationships. The rare, unmistakeable authenticity, understanding and empathy that shines on a background of both lived experience and professional expertise is sure to change lives for the many people struggling through life and love in pain.

Reading Karra’s book feels like talking to your best friend — who gets it, has the best advice, and tells it to you straight!

This book is a must-read for chronic pain sufferers, their partners, and professionals working with them.’
Sally Shepherd, Clinical Psychologist and Author


‘What a wonderfully refreshing book! Karra writes with the knowledge of a health professional and the soul of a romantic, and has skilfully combined the most up-to-date research with her and others’ lived experiences to provide a practical and down to earth guide for couples who are navigating chronic pain. Personally, I think this book has something to offer all couples, irrespective of pain, but particularly chronic pain survivors who have been searching for practical ways to feel joy and intimate connection in their relationships again. Bravo!’
Laura Bennett, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist


‘The Chronic Pain Couple is an authentic, meaningful and highly practical guide to safeguarding and restoring relationships touched by chronic pain. Rather than observing the topic from a safe distance, Karra dives in boots-and-all with an account that is both deeply personal and accessible, all the while grounded in evidence-based research and practice. A must-read for any couple or individual navigating the twin challenges of managing chronic pain and aspiring to a mutually satisfying relationship, and for the health professionals who support them.’
Dr Gemma Roux, Clinical Psychologist, Director of Flourish Psychology and Communicator

Style Magazine
Karra’s debut book, The Chronic Pain Couple, is a practical blueprint on how to navigate love and intimacy
while being diagnosed. Her book is full of hope and strategy for many.

Think of The Chronic Pain Couple as a go-to guide for tough conversations and pivoting moments. Click here to read more


Metropol magazine, July issue
Chronic illness or pain, according to Karra, need not hold you back from experiencing
personal joy and success. It is possible to forge a path to remarkable – to move the
dial of a relationship challenged with chronic pain from embattled and exhausted to
joyful and passion-filled.

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