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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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From Library Journal
Donoghue and Siegel direct their book to healthcare providers, families, and patients dealing with invisible chronic illness (ICI)--those conditions that are chronic and disabling but not readily apparent to the casual observer. In Part 1, the authors define ICI, including brief descriptions of 13 diseases that fit their criteria. They discuss in clinical, detached language the impact of ICI on the patient, family, friends, and employers. In Part 2, Donoghue and Siegel speak directly to the patient, offering coping mechanisms to enhance quality of life through positive thinking, effective communication, and pain management techniques. They also include reading lists and "Illness Associations." While useful, their book suffers from the attempt to address too broad an audience. Recommended for larger collections only.
- 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.
An invaluable source of help and comfort to those who suffer from invisible chronic illness and to their caregivers and friends. -- Katharina Dalton, M.D.
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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I have Charcot Marie Tooth, a crippling and painful hereditary neuropathy. It has progressed to the point where I need a cane to walk and my disability is obvious, so i don't (usually) tuck my papers in my purse. This is the first of at least eight similar titles I have read which mentions CMT. It is a rare disease. I would have given a five star review if only for that ( waving! Yea, that's me!). I do however think that this book does an excellent job of providing emotional support and reassurance.
My only quibble is that it could be stylistically better. I would have loved a chance at editing it. Some words are overused or poorly chosen, but this in no way affects the usefulness of the book.
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.