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Posted April 4, 2012
This is the book I've been looking for! So beautifully written a
This is the book I've been looking for! So beautifully written and perfectly relatable, I couldn't put this down. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 29, though more than forty years after the author, and desperate to assuage my fear and grief over losing the future I'd always planned to have, I read everything I could get my hands on about my disease. Nothing came close to discussing what it was really like to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis until now. The author's classical education is evident as she describes, often graphically, how her disease has affected the course of her life. Written in a voice so lovely it often reads like prose, it surpasses the medical texts by giving both a personal account and historical context to the constant companion of pain and disability so many with autoimmune diseases face. Just incredible.
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Although I read this book a few years ago, i still remember how much it touched me in that place that not many books usually do for people. It reminded me so much of myself and what I have gone through. I laughed and cried all the way to the end. Seriously, it was so hard to put down that I ended up reading it in just one day. I recommend it to all who have suffered with arthritis. And others who have seen their loved ones suffer with the terrible disease may also want to take a look at the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2006
A Compelling Read
This is the most compelling book I¿ve read on rheumatoid arthritis. It tells the authors struggle and how she met the multitude of challenges of RA every day of her life from the time she was 26 years old. She was fortunate to have a supportive husband and family as well as a good job. RA is hard to explain to others who often do not understand that even though you may ¿look good¿ you often feel extremely ill. The pain, suffering and loss of function are very much a part of RA. Why is RA such a women¿s disease? The author tells her suspicions and laments the need for more research to study this relentless, disabling disease. I highly recommend this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.