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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492739502
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- Publication Date: December 14, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F7VMKYG
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If that sound somewhat dull or morbid...it's not. The author does a great job infusing humor into the utterly ridiculous chaos of life while also providing much needed insight into how to take it seriously while still taking it all in stride. Yes, it's a fine balance but one that everyone facing a serious disease must eventually grapple with...along with their family and loved ones.
The book is also informative. In fact, the first few chapters covered more than about a dozen overpaid specialists managed to communicate when we were initially faced with the prospect of flutter devices, postural drainage, salt treatments and so forth. Some of the content is pretty graphic...but that too is valuable especially for those who have little to nothing to compare. In short, this is real information from a real patient...it's the type detail rarely available from the "experts" who have nothing more than second hand experience to share.
Who should read this book?
1. Anyone with a healthy sense of humor!
2. Anyone with a chronic health disease who is sick and tired of the BS.
3. Anyone with a NEW diagnosis who will soon encounter a new side of family, friends and coworkers.
4. Family, friends and coworkers of anyone with a major medical diagnosis.
5. Anyone with a lung disorder...seriously, you will relate!
6. Anyone with a digestive disorder...again, you will relate!
7. Anyone who has been F#$!!*d by a situation in life.
In short...well worth the read! Good stuff, straight talk on a serious subject and worth more than the price of admission!
I bought this book because, although I'd like to think I have an above-average knowledge of CF, I wanted to learn more. And, learn I did.
As you can tell by the title, there is some adult language, but, it's justified. Some of the experiences shared are a bit blunt and honest, which a simple layman like me without a huge medical vocabulary greatly appreciated.
Plus, it brought back so many fond memories from my childhood, and gave me perspective of those same times, from someone living with CF.
Thought-provoking and also so damn legit laugh out loud funny... I can't praise this book enough.
I want to emphasize that part: reading this book is like hanging out with a funny friend who has CF. The chapter topics ramble (in a good way, like a good conversation does), the humor is dry, ironic and matter of fact, and at no point does it feel as if the reader is being cajoled into caring about the author just because he has CF. When I say this book is "insightful," I don't mean there are a lot of passages about embracing life's difficulties or how we all need to stop and smell roses, etc...I mean that it was written by someone who appears to be both genuinely insightful and also able to communicate those insights without any attempt at manipulating the reader. That's a hard balance to strike, and this book does it better than any memoir I've read to date.
I'd say my only complaint is that it wasn't longer, but it's hard to even complain about that, since it would feel like complaining that your friend wasn't hanging out "right."
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