by Ruth Stella MacLean


Ruth Stella MacLean’s book Living Successfully with Chronic Pain One is a must-read for the one in five people worldwide who endure chronic pain every day of their lives.

Ruth once saw herself as just one of those statistics.

As you are likely doing, she concentrated on seeking a “quick-fix” when what she anticipated would be a routine surgical procedure left her with debilitating pain.

Over many, many dark days, she accepted that there was no miracle cure and she was forced to give up her impressive career as a health professional, along with a hefty chunk of her self-esteem.

Today, she has a healthy, active lifestyle, despite the physical restrictions that a painful clotting condition and chronic pain impose upon her.

Living Successfully with Chronic Pain is the story of how she began to take charge of her pain, listen to her body, work with her doctors, and adapt to a new and different life, one that is equally satisfying to her former one.

It is also a how-to guide for others facing the same tough journey to adapt.

Ruth is a retired registered nurse with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada and a retired Certified Management Accountant.

She also obtained her Canadian Health Service Executive designation before her chronic pain forced her to leave her position as Director of Ambulatory Care at Horizon Health Care (The Moncton Hospital) in Moncton, N.B.

Among her responsibilities as Director of Ambulatory Care was the management of a Pain Clinic that dealt with treatment of chronic pain.

She writes now from the unique perspective of a person with chronic pain who was a health professional for more than 15 years. She understands the medical system and how it works. By her own admission, she received the best care the medical profession had to offer people with chronic pain.

Her health knowledge and the care she received helped her manage her chronic pain, but it did not go far enough in helping her achieve her complete rehabilitation from a life of pain to a life of fulfillment and happiness.

When she finally realized that her old life could not be reconstructed around the restrictions of her physical pain, she set about to build a new life that would still offer satisfying work, good relationships, and a sense of joy and fulfillment.

In the process, she exposed the shortfall between what the medical model has to offer and what the person with chronic pain needs, and that is the focus of her book.

The result is a down-to-earth practical how-to guide for everyone who suffers from chronic pain and those who care about them. In the process, Ruth discovered that when circumstances of pain take something from us, they can also give us something new and fulfilling. This new enlightenment can help people in pain build new lives that take them into worlds they might never have considered entering.

Ruth now is a bestselling fiction author writing under the name Stella MacLean. She is currently under contract to write two more books for the Super Romance Books series for the publisher Harlequin/Harper Collins. If you would like to know more about her career as a fiction novelist, visit:

Ruth continues to write about chronic pain issues and maintain her website. You can read her latest blog post about chronic pain on this website. She also continues to do speaking engagements and workshops about chronic pain and to give media interviews about living with chronic pain.

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