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Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and…

by Laurie Edwards

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The author of this book has done a good job providing help and information on living with chronic diseases.

The book is organized into segments in a logical way, uses feedback from both other patients, and from doctors, as well as her own experiences.. Everything is covered; technical facts of diseases and hospitals, medical profession methodology, insurance, choices the patient can make in controlling their daily routine, dealing with friends and spouses... ( )
  billsearth | Sep 18, 2010 |
Subtitle: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties. A no-holds-barred look at chronic and "invisible" illnesses as they affect younger adults. Very supportive, and carries and ultimately inspiring message of hope. ( )
  Elishibai | Feb 24, 2009 |
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An inspiring guide to staying in control of your health care, your life, and your dreams despite having chronic illness, by a popular journalist and award-winning blogger.
Twenty-seven-year-old Laurie Edwards is one of 125 million Americans who have a chronic illness, in her case a rare genetic respiratory disease. Because of medical advances in the treatment of serious childhood diseases, 600,000 chronically ill teens enter adulthood every year who decades ago would not have survived—they and people diagnosed in adulthood face the same challenges of college, career, and starting a family as others in their twenties and thirties, but with the added circumstance of having chronic illness.
Life Disrupted is a personal and unflinching guide to living well with a chronic illness: managing your own health care without letting it take over your life, dealing with difficult doctors and frequent hospitalizations, having a productive and satisfying career that accommodates your health needs, and nurturing friendships and a loving, committed relationship regardless of recurring health problems. Laurie Edwards also addresses the particular needs of people who have more than one chronic illness or who are among the twenty-five million Americans with a rare disorder. She shares her own story and the experiences of others with chronic illness, as well as advice from life coaches, employment specialists, and health professionals.
Reading Life Disrupted is like having a best friend and mentor who truly does know what you’re going through.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:43:46 -0400)

Outlines advice about how to take a pro-active role in managing chronic illness, citing a rise in patients with chronic illness who might not have survived in earlier historical periods while sharing advice on such topics as interacting with medical professionals and having a career that makes room for health needs.… (more)

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