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In this lively memoir, Indianapolis resident Fulda (Half-Assed) explains how a health crisis took over her life for a year. At age 27, a chronic headache sent her to countless medical professionals, from neurologists to acupuncturists, only to be given diagnoses as varied as venous angioma, depression, a heart murmur, and scoliosis. Yet no treatment alleviated her pain, not even a slew of drugs. Fulda began blogging about her condition and received some well-meaning advice from her readers, from the way-out to the entirely reasonable (e.g., one writer suggested the headache was due to the halo caused by a supernatural spirit; another recommended eliminating from her diet sodas and artificial sweeteners). Mostly, however, Fulda just felt lousy and listless, trying to stay at her job as a Web designer and not overeat—the only course of action that gave her some relief. Was the electromagnetic field from the computer to blame, or the lack of a boyfriend? She would never know, even as she spends a good ,000 on medical care. In the end, her story is entertaining if anticlimactic, as the headaches vanished as mysteriously as they'd appeared. (Feb.)
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Good book. Empathetic to the plight of the overweight. Good sense of humor and could be educational for someone going through the same thing.Published 5 months ago by Patsy Jo Kincaid
When I purchased this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. However, the title interested me, since I suffer from this illness and have been searching for relief. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Harriet W. Berg
I read Jennette's story of her 200# weight loss--HALF-ASSED and just had to read her next book. Notice that I refer to her by her first name, for her writing is such that I feel... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Susie Norris
As a young woman with chronic illness I REALLY appreciate this honest, funny, real story. Finally I can read about someone who understands my life. Kudos for how far you've come!Published 13 months ago by Jenn Wood
I read this book within the first year of getting my migraine. This book made me feel human again. To know that there are others out there experiencing the same torment, makes you... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tabitha Buono
I bought this book because I was a fan of Ms Fulda's previous book, Half Assed. I found myself relating to her story more than I expected. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Darlene P.
For anyone with a chronic headache disease, read this very-appropriately-named book. You'll laugh as you relate to the frustrations Fulda goes through trying to make her headache... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Stephanie Hippo
A book you can get the feeling you are not the only one but no real hope for getting rid of annoying headaches. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Julie
I've read both of Jennette's books and enjoyed both enormously. She writes very well, with a nice sense of humour and a light touch of irony. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Sue