Saturday, July 19, 2008

Life Disrupted Book Review

Living with my chronic pain from migraines, I was really looking forward to reading Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties by Laurie Edwards. I’ve been a big fan of her blog A Chronic Dose for a long time, and in this book, she not only shares her experiences, but the experiences of others.

Laurie helps you learn to be your own advocate, gives you practical advice, and she even delves into emotional truths. She teaches you how to manage your own health without letting it take over your life and how to find your identity outside of your illness, an issue that I’ve been struggling with myself.

I liked how she not only touches on dealing with doctors, but how to deal with significant others, the workplace and friendships. There is a great lesson to be learned here how chronic illness touches all aspects of your life.

I wish I had this book when I first started getting migraines. It would have made life so much easier as I tried to navigate the unknown territory of living with a chronic illness.

9 comments:

Leslie said...

Hi Migraine Chick,

Thanks for your comment on my blog. It's funny you should mention Mackinac. I wrote for their newspaper for two summers. I love it up there! I will add you to my blog list when I get a chance.

Leslie

Sue said...

thanks for this review!

Sue said...

Me again.

I know the book is aimed at people in their twenties and thirties. Do you think it would be helpful for someone outside that age bracket.

I turned 49 today, but I feel like I deal with a lot of the same sh*t - difficult doctors, career issues (huge career issues actually), etc....

Feel free to be honest about the age thing - I promise I won't be offended if you think it really is only for the younger crowd.

Migraine Chick said...

Hi Sue:

I think the book would be helpful for all ages. To me, we're all dealing with the same sh*t!!!

Sue said...

Thanks MC - that's helpful.

PrincessSteph said...

looking forward to picking it up. It sounds great. thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Princess.

Connie said...

I'm reading this book too and am enjoying it a great deal.

I just gave you an award over at my blog. Please stop by and "pick it up".

Laurie said...

Thanks so much for the review and the endorsement! I too believe the themes apply to people of all ages, but it's certainly great to hear readers think that!

Mckay K said...

There has been a lot of buzz about this book on the chronic pain circuit. Glad to know you think so highly of it. :-)

I do not know when I will get to read it. Never the less, it is on my (mental) books I want to read list.