You Don't LOOK Sick!: Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness (Google eBook)

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CRC Press, Mar 8, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 200 pages
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“Coming to terms with this reality was a lot like accepting the death of a loved one.”

You Don’t LOOK Sick!: Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness chronicles a patient’s true-life accounts and her physician’s compassionate commentary as they take a journey through the three stages of chronic illness—Getting Sick, Being Sick, and Living Well. This resource helps you focus on building a meaningful life that contains illness as opposed to a life of frustration and fear. Designed for patients in at all stages of the chronic illness journey, this book will also be illuminating for caregivers and loved ones.

From the book:
“I’ve learned that having a chronic illness is not a prison sentence. It does not mean I must spend the rest of my life feeling depressed and angry, locked away from the world inside my little sick box. It does not mean that I am useless and no longer have any gifts to share, but it may mean that I must develop some new ones.”

You Don’t LOOK Sick! addresses practical aspects of chronic illness, such as:
  • hiring a doctor
  • managing chronic pain
  • coping with grief and the loss of function
  • winning battles with health and disability insurers
  • countering the social bias against the chronically ill
  • recognizing the limitations of chronics illness care and charting a path for change
In You Don’t LOOK Sick!: Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness, you will find stories, dialogue, humor, examples, and analogy of the three stages to illustrate a challenging but navigable journey. You will also find suggested reading materials for learning to live well, medical Internet resources, illness-specific Web sites, names and addresses of national associations, and a bibliography of medical books by topic. The short chapters and straightforward language of the book will be helpful for readers who are weary and dispirited.

From the authors:
“I've learned that having a chronic illness is not a prison sentence. It does not mean I must spend the rest of my life feeling depressed and angry, locked away from the world inside my little sick box. It does not mean that I am useless and no longer have any gifts to share, but it may mean that I must develop some new ones.”
—Joy H. Selak

“My goal is to work with patients so that, like world class athletes, they can perform at their peak capacity. My job is more than giving answers; I must educate, counsel and encourage patients to set goals and implement a personal care program as well as take appropriate medications.”
—Dr. Steven Overman

The authors are experienced public speakers. If you wish to inquire about their availability to speak to patients or health care professionals, please contact Joy Selak by email at JoyWrites@austin.rr.com.
  

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User Review  - Kimaoverstreet - LibraryThing

Well-written and easy to read, this is a book about coping with a chronic health condition. In alternating sections Joy Selak, a patient, and Steven Overman, a physician, discuss the Four Phases of ... Read full review

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User Review  - wcath - LibraryThing

Easy to read account of one woman's journey with a chronic invisible illness. Narrative goes back and forth between Joy Selak and her doctor, Steven Overman. The result is a very informative, well ... Read full review

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Contents

Time to Cry
13
Three Strikes
17
Snake in the Mist
21
Still Time
25
Dr Overman on Getting Sick
27
BEING SICK
35
Disabled but Not Invalid
37
Pain
43
LIVING WELL
77
Stepping Out of the Box
79
Joys Top Ten List for Living Well Even While Sick
85
A Gift of Grace
95
Natural High
101
Dr Overman on Living Well
107
Is There a Cure? Dr Overman on Chronic Illness Care
115
Reflection
123

The Squeaky Wheel
47
The Ladies Who Lunch
59
Dr Overman on Being Sick
67
Appendix Discussion Questions for Book Clubs or Support Groups
127
Resources
131
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