If there is anyone who could testify to the commonplace expression, “no pain, no gain,” it is Dr. Marvin Faulkner, D.O. The double board certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician has not only witnessed and treated the many facets of his patients’ physical pain, he has personally lived through many layers of personal pain for decades. A former wrestling and Golden Glove boxing champion, he early on experienced the throb of intense training and stepping in and out of the ring. However, that discomfort only scratched the surface of the stinging emotional and psychological heartache that cut deeper than any punch ever thrown, as he experienced tragedy after tragedy in his life and in the lives of the people closest to him.
That this pain has made him stronger is an understatement and his story is an incredible testament to the power of faith, hope, and love. Letter to God: A Memoir is Dr. Faulkner’s second book, following Days Gone By: Reflecting on Life’s Meaning with Humor & Hope, a witty account about dealing with life’s struggles with a good dose of healing laughter and plenty of lessons learned. His first written work was the screenplay, Between Heaven and Hell, for which he also produced the independent film and starred as its lead role.
Dr. Faulkner currently resides in Kansas City, Mo., where he continues to help others with pain management — both through his medical practice and his written words.