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When she is finally ready to resume her life in Memphis, she is set back once again, this time with ulcerative colitis and the horrible changes in her body she must deal with as she fights to keep her boyfriend, gets to know her mother, and adjusts to her changing life in a small southern town.
With this humorous and honest novel, Tracy Lea Carnes offers up an inspiring glimpse at ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease through the eyes of a thirty-year-old woman dealing with her diagnosis, its treatment and the complications it brings into her life.
Today, 1.4 million people live with some form of IBD (irritable bowl disease) in the U.S. and an estimated 750,000 live with an ostomy. Like the heroine in Excess Baggage, Kelly Carmichael, most people on average are diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease in their early to mid-30s, though the disease can strike at any age.
Despite its extensive impact on the lives of many young adult Americans, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease is low on our radar. Focusing our attention by drawing from her own experience, Tracy Lea Carnes has written a story that needs to be told. A groundbreaking novel, Excess Baggage shatters convention bringing colitis and Crohn's disease awareness into the national spotlight.
Posted August 12, 2008
Tracy Lea Carnes' debut novel is a winner. It's funny and smart with a note of sadness and melancholy. Carnes has a way with dialogue. Some of it is laugh out loud funny. The novel deals with a young woman trying to cope with career, parental and romance issues while also dealing with a debilitating intestinal disorder (uclerative colitis or Crohn's diseas). This is more than just 'chick-lit.' I recommend it for everybody.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2009
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