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Book Review: When Can We Run, Dance, and Play Again?”

October 8th, 2012 · No Comments

Carla Valentino developed a severe neurological pain condition, CRPS (also called RSD), after spraining her ankle. When her young daughter asked Carla when they’d be able to play again, this book was born. It’s a lovely, gentle, positive story.

We all know that pain diseases affect not just the person with the illness, but their family and friends too. Kids sometimes have a hard time understanding the facts about significant medical illness as well as why their family member isn’t their normal self. This book helps address these issues in several ways:

  1. It normalizes a family’s experience with illness.
  2. It specifically states that it’s not the child’s fault.
  3. It lets children know that their family member is trying to get better, and wants to play with them again.
  4. It suggests other ways for a family to be close and have fun, even with illness.

I would strongly recommend this book as a way of starting a dialogue with young children when there’s an illness in a family. An added bonus is that 20% of the proceeds from the book go to support CRPS research.

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