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Conquer Chiari: A Patient's Guide To The Chiari Malformation 1st Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1434847003
ISBN-10: 1434847004
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About the Author

Rick Labuda is the Founder and Executive Director of Conquer Chiari. As a Chiari patient himself, he knows firsthand the pain and frustration of dealing with this disease. As the Editor of Chiari & Syringomyelia News he has personally authored over 150 articles on Chiari and related topics, has communicated with more than 1,000 Chiari patients, and has interviewed many of the top neurosurgeons in the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434847004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434847003
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa S. Neff on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you've been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, this book will assist you in every way imaginable. Not only does the author give you an extensive background on what it is, but he walks you through from diagnosis to hopeful outcomes. The story at the beginning of Chapter 8 lends some hope, whether you are just diagnosed or have been dealing with Chiari for years. Unlike many doctor's who write about health conditions, the author is a Chiari sufferer as well and writes this book with imput from his own experience. As any Chiari or Syringomyelia sufferer well knows, sometimes its seems no one can relate to the pain and frustration you face everyday. Well this author can! Not only has he suffered from the effects of Chiari and Syringomyelia, but he has devoted much of his time in educating others and helping them to make more informed decisions. Definitely a must read!! I read that there may also be a book in the future about Syringomyelia (I have this disorder as well) as I've learned that they sometimes go hand in hand. I plan on passing this book around to members of my family, so that they may better understand what I am living with, and travel along side me in my journey with knowledge, not simply as observers. Thank You Mr. Labuda for this valuable weapon in MY battle with Chiari.
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I was diagnosed and had decompression surgery in 2003. Five years later I still struggle with headaches. I read anything that I can get my hands on that has to do with Chiari. This by far is the best book written on Chiari that I have read. I am going to make everyone in my family read it so that they have a better understanding of what I go through. Rick did a really wonderful job writing things so that everyone can understand.
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This is an excellent book packed full of info. Wish I had been able to read it when I was first diagnosed. Gives technical info and info from the patient's perspective. Because this is a large book, it is a bit much to expect family and friends to read it, so I recommend you also get Dr. Oro's book The Chiari Book: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers.
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I love this book. He explains things in such great detail and to my surprise the book is pretty thick with a lot of information. The best thing about the book and author is that Labuda has chiari himself so he understands personally what we go through on a daily basis. I was diagnosed with chiari and syringomyelia in 10th grade at the age of 15. Im 23 now. I suffered for many yrs before I was diagnosed. After having an MRI done I was told to have immediate surgery the next day; Severe Chiari. I was on the verge of being paralyzed on my right side. Its hard to feel like you have conquered chiari because its not curable and a decompression surgery most of the time is not a fix-it procedure. Labuda explains what he means by conquering chiari. I found myself crying through reading the book because I never knew that someone could understand Chiarians and syringomyelia struggles. Thank God for this book. I read it when I feel down and when I need some uplifting. As most chiarians will say even family members cant see through our strong exterior however inside our bodies dont do what we want and half the time we feel like we arent in control of our own bodies. Limitations is my biggest problem with the disorder because we all want to live life to the fullest but physically I cant always do the things I dream of. Yet that is what makes me stronger! Now I always say well I cant do that but guess what I can find something else I can do! love life and be strong.
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I really like this book. Gives a lot of basic info in addition to research info. Also goes into areas such as the frustration of getting diagnosed and the effects of chronic pain on the body. Has a lot of pages to it. A definite great read for anyone wanting to know about Chiari.
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I downloaded this book after my APRN called to inform me that my MRI showed I had Chiari Malformation. I had never heard of the condition and was very scared. I found it to be very informative and helpful. Eight years or more of having many of the symptoms mentioned in the book I had surgery. I am still recovering and happy to report that several, but not all, of my symptoms are gone.
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Being a sufferer of this rare condition I was so happy to find this book. It's written intelligently but simply so anyone could understand. It has so many stories that relate to the emotional end of Chiari that you just wouldn't get from a straight medical book. I love that it's written in the point of view of someone who has this condition. I wish I was able to afford one for everyone I know so that they could really understand what we go through every day. Thank you!
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I bought this book to better educate myself on my own condition. Unfortunately a lot of doctors don't really know a lot about Chiari Malformation so you're kind of on your own to figure things out so this book is great! Anyone that has Chiari or knows someone that does should have this book!
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