Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Nielk, Dec 18, 2014.
The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand - By WIL S. HYLTONDEC. 18, 2014
Contimue reading HERE.
Did anyone watch the NBC special last week about Unbroken? Tom Brokaw interviewed Laura Hillenbrand, and did mention her health, but did not use the word CFS. Described her as having disabling vertigo and "profound fatigue." (I think I'm remembering that phrase right). Overall very sympathetic to her, but interesting how her illness was characterized. And let's face it, Angelina Jolie star of that show...J
Without knowing details or making any assumptions, it is possible that this was her choice. When I tell people that I have a viral reactivation of EBV which causes me severe autonomic problems (with heart rate, BP, breathing, etc), they say, "Oh my God, I am so sorry, how can I help?" versus saying "CFS" no one really knows or understands what it means and just thinks you are tired or sleepy. So I am hoping the media is portraying her as she wants to be portrayed. I was saddened to read in the article that she and her husband, Borden, separated after 28 years together .
That's a very long article! It's an interesting read. I didn't know anything about Laura previously, including how incredibly successful her books are. I knew they were well-known, but I didn't know that she had sold such a huge number. Like many of us, she's been bed-bound at times, home-bound at times, and slightly improved at times.
I love Laura Hillenbrand, her courage and heroism, and her great books which have such power and depth. She is an anomaly in today's world, valuable and telling in all her contrast to it. I feel as though her achievement is every bit as great as Seabiscuit's and Zamperini's. This is the same care I feel for everyone with a tremendous struggle, who remains honest on the course.
Thanks for this Nielk. It's a really good piece, well researched and understanding. It describes how the illness has such a profound effect on the way she lives and works, and avoids the a lot of the lazy traps journos can fall into with these things. Long read, but worth it.
Great article! I have read it now a couple of times.
The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand
Great article. Thanks.
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