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Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties Paperback – June 24, 2008

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One’s twenties and thirties are a time for training, launching careers, starting families. For 27-year-old Edwards, there is also the matter of the genetic respiratory disease she suffers. In addition to having 1 of only 1,000 documented cases of PCD (primary ciliary dyskinesia), she has bronchiectasis, celiac disease, and thyroid disease. It has been “difficult to tease out where one disease ended, and another began,” and she has spent most of her life “looking for explanations of my illness that match my experience of illness.” Her research and interviews with others reinforced that she isn’t alone in her predicament. She cites real lives to illuminate such matters as the pitfalls of explaining rare and/or “invisible” illnesses and to address the financial downside of chronic illness with flexible approaches to enabling chronically ill workers to stay in the workforce. Soberingly, she imparts that more than 75 percent of marriages in which chronic illness figures end in divorce. Still, there’s that other 25 percent. --Whitney Scott


“Eloquent and funny. If you've experienced chronic illness, or if you care for someone who has, you need to read this book.” ―Amy Tenderich, coauthor of Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes (www.diabetesmine.com)

“Chronic illness needn't change your life for the worse if you let Laurie be your guide to everything from doctors to dating to why we sweat the small stuff (because sometimes that's all we feel we can control). Laurie Edwards is a compassionate confidante, an understanding friend, and a witty chronicler of all things chronic illness, even the not-so-pretty parts. Bravo!” ―Susan Milstrey Wells, author of A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness

“As a person living with a chronic illness, it is inspiring to hear such a fresh and important voice. Laurie Edwards puts adversity in its place and teaches us to not only go on living, but to create a better life. High five, sister!” ―Kris Carr, author of Crazy, Sexy, Cancer

“For those young people suffering from chronic illness, Life Disrupted offers strategy, advice, and hope. For those of us lucky enough to grow up without illness, it tells us how to be respectfully helpful to friends, family, and colleagues in this situation. Superb and engaging writing.” ―Paul F. Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston and founder of www.runningahospital.blogspot.com

“A wise and valuable addition to the literature on chronic illness, illuminating with verve and wit the particular struggles faced by young adults. Ms. Edwards is a delightful and seasoned guide. She knows what the issues are, how to decipher them, and how to live a rich life while shuttling between hospitals and high heels.” ―Dorothy Wall, author of Encounters with the Invisible: Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“Laurie Edwards is a generous writer who describes with grace and clarity how she has learned to live with multiple chronic conditions. This book is a gift to young people who are navigating chronic illness, school, and their new adulthood all at once.” ―Jessie Gruman, author of AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You―Or Someone You Love―a Devastating Diagnosis

“Laurie Edwards is a life-enhancing writer. If you're a person with chronic illness, you should always keep this wonderful book handy.” ―Sarah M. Whitman, M.D., psychiatrist specializing in chronic pain management (www.howtocopewith pain.org.)

“Laurie Edwards has written a moving and meaningful description of the issues that people face when they live with unpredictable and debilitating disease. Her words reminded me of my own struggles--and her laughter helped me remember the good times, too.” ―Rosalind Joffe, author of Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! and president of Chronic Illness Coach

“Both a practical and a philosophical guide for those navigating this heretofore uncharted territory.” ―Lynn Royster, J.D., Ph.D., director of The Chronic Illness Initiative at The School for New Learning at DePaul University

Life Disrupted is moving and often humorous, as Laurie Edwards informs readers about how they can navigate successfully through the medical storms, live well, and maintain fulfilling relationships.” ―Douglas Whynott, author of Giant Bluefin and A Country Practice

“The time for patient empowerment has come and Laurie Edwards' voice is leading the way. As a fellow lifelong patient, I appreciate her honesty in disclosing private patient moments which reflect the often unspoken truth of living with chronic illness.” ―Tiffany Christensen, author of Sick Girl Speaks!: Lessons and Ponderings Along the Road to Acceptance (www.sickgirlspeaks.com)


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books; 1 edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802716490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802716491
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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