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Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness (New Edition) Paperback – November 19, 2012
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- Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
How many times have you said to yourself, 'No one can understand how I feel unless they've experienced it themselves?' Because the authors of this book each have experienced an 'Invisible Chronic Illness' or ICI, they are able to express feelings that you have more than likely experienced but have not been able to put into words. This book validates your emotions and then helps you to express them in constructive ways. -- Network
One of the most helpful books about chronic illness that I ever run across....This book is captivating, informative, and sensitive. -- Allergy Aware
This self-help book by two Ph.D. psychologists (one of whom suffers from multiple sclerosis) is not new, just new to me, and what a discovery! It is a moving explication of what it means to live with an invisible chronic illness--ICI. If you have patients, acquaintances or if you yourself suffer from an ICI you can find valuable advice and guidance in this book. -- Ostomy/Wound Management
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This book totally understands my experience, it validates every thing that has happened since I was diagnosed, and it helps me get the support I need. It is also excellent to give to others who you want to understand what you're going through. After reading this book, it will be impossible for anyone to ever say again "but you LOOK good".
I had an appt. with a doctor the other day and he saw the book in my hand and asked to look at it. He asked my opinion on it and said he had heard it was a great book. So I of course gushed on and on about it, how the authors truly understand the effects if ICI on our self-esteem, self-concept, the guilt and shame, the frustrations, the lack of support and the suspicion we are often confronted with because our symptoms are not visible (we don't have a wheel chair or a cane, or an easily recognizable condition). So he's going to buy it so he can understand what his patients are going through and be more helpful to them!
Next I am passing this book onto my husband, might buy a few copies for relatives for Christmas and sending the link to the members of my chronic pain support group. Pass the word, this is the book that will finally change how the world responds to us.
On the other hand, as a non Christian, I found the book grating at parts. It clearly is written for Christans, and the occasional interjections about god and scripture really grated on my nerves. If I had known the book would be like this, I would not have bought it. Nothing in the book's summary indicates this, and I believe it should. That being said, the book does not center around Christianity, there are just some parts of the book that only make sense if you assume their audience is Christian. I found that assumption a bit jarring, as will many non Christian readers.
The real purpose of this book is to help people whose conditions are "invisible," and therefore ignored or underplayed in their daily lives and relationships. I would imagine that anyone who has an ICI has experienced at least once the "You're sick? You look all pink and healthy!" comment from a well-meaning friend. Actually, it's your medication, your lupus rash, or a chronic fever that gives you that oh-so-rosy glow. If this has ever happened to you or to a loved one, you will get a lot out of reading this book and realizing that you're not alone and that there are ways of coping with your condition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just started reading & book has already changed my life! Validated 32 years of doctors not knowing. Pain amd fatigue all the time. No one understands. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Roberts
Amazing!!! This book was one of the best books I read in my entire life.Published 2 months ago by Rhonda
No longer feeling like a freak of nature after reading this book! Excellent suggestions delivered with a great deal of empathy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PattyB
Good book just wished it didnt have so many stories about clients in itPublished 7 months ago by Wenonah
This book literally changed my mind. I have some chronic problems and it helped me regain sanity and wrap my head around the problems. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tomasz Kolinko
Terrific book especially if you or a loved one has an ICI (Invisible Chronic Illness) It not only described the illnesses well, but it told lots of ways to cope with chronic... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynn Partington