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Books about living with or overcoming illness

Discussion in 'Lifestyle Management' started by Willhm, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Willhm

    Willhm

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    Does anyone know of any books of peoples stories who live with or have overcome illness. It doesn't have to be ME, things like cancer etc are probably more common. Preferably something recent and modern so I can see if its on kindle, or maybe one about a young person. Just something that makes you think, yes I will keep going I can get through this.

    Thanks
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    helen1 Senior Member

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    There's Toni Bernhard's How to be Sick, a Buddhist inspired look at how she (a person with CFS ME) does her best to be happy regardless of the illness. She's got a new one coming out in a similar vein. Highly recommend.

    She responded on this forum somewhere when her book was being discussed. And she has a website/blog.
  3. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    You might find this book interesting. It's on Kindle and you can even "look inside."

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    http://www.amazon.com/In-Kingdom-Si...tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1372275576&sr=1-1
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    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Right now I am reading "You Are Not Your Illness" by a woman who has MS. She loses her ability to walk or do almost anything without help. IT's awful.

    However, she has a bit of a silver lining. She has a husband who adores her even though she can't do much at all. She has lots of money for aides and her husband is uber well off. I think it's an interesting read, but one thing that she doesn't mention is how your illness might become who you are due to loss of money, help, etc. That changes the perspective.

    It's still a good read, but I like books where people don't just deal with an illness, but the loss of people and financial means.

    I still love the book, "Running on Empty" by Katrina Berne. One of my first CFS reads and still one of the best.
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    Regrettably, Deric died the other day, but his book, about his wife who had ME was award winning, see here, and is still available. Also apparently was dramatised on TV and might have become a film.

    Whilst dated, from reading the tributes recently, it is still acknowledged as one the best reads today. Also on Kindle and audiobook.

    Ah. Heres the movie that was made. I didn't actually realise this was about the same thing. Might see if I can watch it somewhere. With Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent:

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    I don't know their book names but Dr. Sarah Myhill, Dr Teri (sp?) Wahls and Dr Mark Hyman have some good info on healing from chronic illnesses. Their info can be found on the web for free too tho. These are just three names of integrative / functional doctors that popped into my head. Anything by the DAN (Defeat Autism Now) community will help too.

    FWIW tho, keep in mind that everyone is unique and may not respond to same treatments as others. Although most people seem to benefit by eliminating their food intolerances and toxic chemicals. Seeing an integrative or functional doctor may provide more benefit than just going this alone. I'd try going it alone at first tho if money is a problem. They're going to have you look at your diet right away anyways. tc ... x
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    I really liked Toni Bernhard's book. I was a bit apprehensive about buying it, since I've read so many self-help/health books, and most of them are crap, but this one was surprisingly satisfying. She's been bedridden for 10 years due to ME, and she describes contemplative and meditative practices to cope with the day-to-day struggles of illness.
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    H.M.

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    an incredible, INCREDIBLE read: "love and fatigue in america" by roger king. it's affected me so profoundly. so weird to see my exact symptoms and feelings illustrated in such beautiful, poignant language.

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