by Tami Brady



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ISBN-13: 9781932690484
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 01/14/2008
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.36(d)

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BookishRuth on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Every Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patient has a unique story to tell. In Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey, Tami Brady shares her experiences with these two debilitating illnesses.I could see a lot of my own experiences in those of Ms. Brady. Like Ms. Brady, my illness made itself apparent after a very stressful period in my life. I also endured the frustration that came from waiting for months for a correct diagnosis. Even after I received that diagnosis, there was very little offered to me in the way of treatment options. As Ms. Brady noted: ¿No follow up visits. No care regime. The rest was left up to me.¿ Many patients will see something of themselves in the author¿s struggle to adjust to life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.The book, however, seems a little unbalanced. The first ten chapters chronicle her journey to diagnosis and accepting the limitations that come from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The last four chapters are aimed at specific strategies for living with both conditions. These four chapters are incredibly helpful and well-organized, but they make up a very small portion of the book. There were also many typographical and grammatical errors throughout the book. These were extremely distracting to me during my reading. I hope that these errors will be corrected in future printings.I enjoyed reading this book and found it helpful to my own struggle ¿ both physical and mental ¿ that comes from living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. As Ms. Brady states in the Foreword, ¿In the end, we are all changed forever. On good days, I believe for the better.¿
tcrutch on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I admire Brady for telling her story in Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey. I found many of her experiences to be interesting and comforting. I especially liked the list of resources at the back of the book and the inspirational quotes that open each chapter. However, I did not find the charts and tables which are meant to help with executing the suggested strategies to be helpful, but rather wasted space. While I am an advocate for trying alternative therapies and treatments, I found Brady¿s relentless suggestion to practice Reiki aggravating. Overall, this book is geared toward a Canadian audience ¿ as an American I wasn¿t familiar with some of the drugs and medicaments that were suggested. Bottom line ¿check the book out at the library and save your money. I expect that the gross grammatical and spelling errors will be corrected before publication. - The next book you write I suggest you get a different editor!
sidhevicious on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I received this book through Early Reviewers, and am glad to have read it. It describes the authors' journey through the difficulties of having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. It's relevant to me because I also have Fibromyalgia, TMD and Chronic Pain Syndrome. It's inspiring to read about another's journey through pain, fatigue, and the great courage she had to find a way to live with these debilitating diseases. Her writing is eloquent, and she brings hope to those who have yet to find ways to find some relief from the myriad of symptoms that come with these auto-immune diseases. She also offers up suggestions of things to try for relief that have helped her to cope. It's also good to know that those of us who are experiencing these diseases are not alone.
justmeRosalie on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey is a journal written by Tami Brady about her discoveries of having these diseases and how she has learned to deal with them. Having at least two people in my own family who MIGHT have this problem, I found it difficult at first to read about all her many problems because i've heard such neverending and similar complaints from my family members But there is a lot of information that I am sure could be helpful for them as well as others who are trying to decipher this intricate malady. Initially it is depressing and a bit difficult to stay with. The book reads quickly, however, and soon gets into 'taking the bull by the horns' as the writer moves on to develop her own personal method of coping . Here there is a wealth of advice and discussion of what she has done to help herself. Brady has beaten down her demons and ends the journal with an optimistic outlook full of hope. I have no doubt that those battling these same conditions can find hope and some answers in this book. Also included is a generous amount of open pages for the use of the reader, and a really great reference section. I see it as a useful read for those who are seeking help with these problems. At the very least, they can realize they are not alone with their trouble.
CozyLover on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Although considered a self-help or health & fitness book this is actually a personal narrative of the author's experiences with having fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Having lived with both of these diseases for over two decades I was excited to have the opportunity to review this book. However, my excitement quickly faded. The impact of FMS & CFS on one's life is greatly minimized in these pages. The author never fully imparts how truly devastating these diseases are, she does not convey the extreme pain one deals with on a daily basis or how a sufferer never knows from one day to the next what life will be like. Nor does she impart how a FMS sufferer is at the mercy of the weather, especially cold, damp conditions that leave one almost completely incapacitated. The fact that the author evidently takes no medication or regularly sees a doctor for her conditions also minimizes the true impact these conditions can have on one's life. Most of us are not capable of living without some form of medication and the fact that the author chooses to do so may lead a non-sufferer to believe that the diseases are not as debilitating as they truly are.The work sheets in the back of the book, designed for helping you to create a coping strategy, are perhaps the best part of the book. These are a valuable resource for someone who has been newly diagnosed, but long time sufferers will not have need of them for we have already devised our system of coping mechanisms and strategies. The resources section is another plus as it is comprehensive and well worth exploring.Overall I found the book to be a disappointment. There are many people who do not believe these diseases exits, or if they do, they believe they are not as debilitating as sufferers say. This book will do nothing to help change these beliefs simply because the impact on the author's life is never fully defined. Her days spent in bed, unable to care for her children are mentioned in passing. Her struggle to earn a degree and gain a career seem as if they were not a struggle at all and the overall tone of the book is one of "Look at me! I can be Superwoman even though I am ill!". This attitude is the one that hurts sufferers the most. It's the one we have been trying to overcome for years so our pain and suffering is acknowledge as valid, debilitating and not something to be taken lightly. I fear this book will only reinforce the belief that we all can still be Superwoman even though we have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.However, I fully agree with the author stating that sufferers become great actresses in order to mask their symptoms from the world and that the majority of people never realize the afflicted have health issues because they cannot see it. I also agree with her stating that being keyed in to the smaller symptoms and taking care of them right away can often prevent a major flare up from occurring. I also believe, like the author, that we should each take our healing into our own hands, that using alternative methods such as Reiki and meditation is a very worthwhile approach. As an herbalist, aromatherapist and level II Reiki practitioner I absolutely see the merit in pursing this angle even though it is often unsuccessful for the majority of sufferers. There are numerous spelling, grammatical and improper word usage errors. For instance, in one passage the author describes a man who loves to cook as missing his calling as a "chief" when in actuality it should say "chef". This mis-usage of that word happens twice within the same section and comes across as laughable. Yes, these are ultimately the fault of the editor and publisher, but they do reflect poorly on the book itself.
notenoughbookshelves on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The story of one women's Journey of being diagnosed and living with potential debilitating conditions known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. Along the way she developed strategies for dealing with the sometimes crippling pain and mental confusion she aptly names fibrofog. A heartwarming revelation of one's expectations, goals and struggles. Interlaced with encouraging and humorous quotes that introduce each chapter. Amazing enough she maintains a hectic lifestyle even for someone without these conditions. She is a wife, mom, an Archaeologist and self-described workaholic that won't let anything hold her back, especially a medical condition. A testament to one women's perseverance which provides encouragement and hope to anyone with any serious medical condition or someone who may have a loved one dealing with a ongoing condition.
DrAnneUT More than 1 year ago
Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey By Tami Brady Published by Baker & Taylor, Ingram Book Group ISBN 1932690484 Given to me by publisher through arrangement with ReviewtheBook Strategies Tami Brady was a winner: She was one of the few graduate archaeologists able to work in the field of archaeology rather than drive a taxi or flip burgers. She succeeded in everything she tried to do. She supervised digs; she wrote; she journaled. She was married with two children. Tami Brady was a loser. She was a perfectionist; her best wasn't good enough, and less than her best she simply wouldn’t do. She was in constant pain and exhaustion from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. One day both legs gave out and she was stuck in a hole for a while. She forgot things in the “fibrofog” of lost memory. Finally she managed to put the two sides of herself together and figure out to what extent her winning abilities caused, or at least triggered, her losing qualities. She was able to determine what she could do to get rid of the perfectionism and to ease the suffering of her ailments. Not content with solving her own problems, she put together this book, which first details her wins and losses so that the readers may join her in figuring out the causes/triggers of their ailments, and see which of her solutions can help them. She goes on to create a chart of what to do if such-and-such a problem or such-and-such a disease trigger occurs, and then continues to create a workbook whereby the reader can determine his or her own triggers and figure out what helps them to heal as quickly as possible. As a long-time sufferer of these two ailments--I am presently writing with a severe backache, and can't take any more meds until four hours from now--I can assure you that I will be trying out her suggestions. I already know that some of them work, and I expect that others also will help me. I recommend this book to anyone fighting chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, and particularly to those unfortunates who are combating both at once. And having said that, I am going to follow Tami's advice and make myself horizontal for a while. PS—I feel much better now, thank you.
queenpanda0 More than 1 year ago
Strategies A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey Tami Brady Tami Brady conveyed the truth in her self-help book. Having the disease myself I am happy to see this book published. Tami has fully showed the impact of the disease and what it can do to your life. If you have FMS then you know just how the weather and everything else can go make you feel as if your body can not take anymore pain. The worksheets in the back have helped me cope with strategizing for some form of relief. This book is written by a FMS sufferer and who best to ask then someone who has the same problem. She shows the path she has taken as she learned of the diagnosis,showing both denial and acceptance. Tami includes medications, resources, and other tolls that will help any and all sufferes of FMS. Anyone who suffers from FMS needs this book and I recommend it to everyone.
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'This book is a passionate, intense account of one person's conquest over suffering. As a psychologist working with chronic pain sufferers, I can endorse Ms. Brady's philosophy, approach and tools.' -Bob Rich, PhD, author Cancer: A Personal Challenge Tami Brady shares her story with us of her journey with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Until she was diagnosed with these disorders, she really struggled with fears about her health and limitations imposed by her symptoms. She was diagnosed in 1997 and along the way has learned what works and doesn't work for her. She also made many personal discoveries about herself and how her perceptions of herself and her behaviors can influence her conditions. Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I already had two friends who had serious cases of it. When the doctor gave me eight prescriptions to help me deal with the symptoms, I decided that it was time to quit my stressful job and focus on recovering my health. I saw so many similarities between Ms. Brady's journey and my own. We both started out with overachieving personality types. We take on big goals that really just serve to put more pressure on our own health. For myself, I insisted on getting straight A's through two graduate programs, while sometimes working two jobs. As Ms. Brady discovered with her own overachieving efforts, it had serious implications on our health. We also both have gotten into heavy workout routines that our bodies are unable to maintain. I just went through a phase were I was trying to work out two to three times a day. I feel like if I am going to be in pain, I will give myself a reason to hurt. In the long run, as Ms. Brady discovered, this just hurts my self. Another common issue that I see with people that have this disease is as she states, 'No one sees scars or disfigurement so it's a shock to most people that you actually have something really wrong with you That we become incredible actors to mask and hide the symptoms makes the situation that much more difficult.' I know that most people suffering from CFS and fibromyalgia can relate to this. There are still a lot of professionals that will tell us that it doesn't exist and it is in our head. Ms. Brady discusses many common symptoms that come with having these conditions. I think the most common symptom is the pain that occurs in the trigger points. She also discusses what she calls 'Fibrofog.' It brought me great relief to read about this because I have this happen so much, I get anxious that it could be the start of Alzheimer's disease, at forty! It was a relief to see that it is part of the condition. The interrupted sleep sessions definitely exacerbate the bouts. I also share her experience with her legs giving out on her. Mine happens at times when I get out of bed. It is a scary experience. In addition to discussing what doesn't work, Ms. Brady also discusses what she found helpful. Moderation with everything definitely seems to be very important. Reiki is also a good healing practice. I also practice Reiki. I found that either doing it on my self or others is beneficial. Healthy eating is important as well. Getting into fad diets is not the way to go. Our bodies let us know with pain, that we are doing something wrong. To help us with a healing plan, Ms. Brady offers a series of strategies to help with certain symptoms. She gives her own personal examples and then offers blank charts so that we can fill in our own information. This is an excellent strategy for tracking symptoms, causes and treatments. This is a great way for you to organize a program and keep track of what works. There is an extensive list of resources to help you on your way. Applying these resources to yourself helps you to take charge of your own health. 'Strategies' is an excellent resource for people at all phases of the disease. It is a relief to hear someone else share their story, and know that you are not alone.