Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness: How to Stay Sane and Live One Step Ahead of Your Symptoms

Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness: How to Stay Sane and Live One Step Ahead of Your Symptoms

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626255999
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 207,225
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ilana Jacqueline is author of the award-winning blog Let’s Feel Better. She started the blog at age twenty-two to share her humbling, hilarious, and heartfelt experiences coping with chronic illness. From full-contact fights with skull-cramping migraines to making peace with being a human pincushion, she writes boldly and unabashedly about breaking down, getting back up, and pulling off the bandage that is “coming out” about the shame and frustration of living with chronic illness.

Jacqueline is a health journalist and professional patient advocate whose work has included writing for publications like Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post on the patient experience, as well as working for health care companies and patient advocacy groups as a consultant and advisor. She has a personal connection with the patient community, as she has been a patient with complex chronic illnesses throughout her life, including immune deficiency, dysautonomia, gastroparesis, and an adhesion disorder.

As a health advocate and regularly interviewed expert on chronic illness, Jacqueline looks to help patients advocate for themselves at their most vulnerable moments. She is currently working on multiple projects to help connect chronically ill patients with remote employment opportunities, financial and emotional support, as well as creating new programs for patient empowerment and awareness efforts. Jacqueline lives with her biochemist husband and literally the cutest apricot poodle you’ve ever seen in Boca Raton, FL.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1
1. Accepting Your Life with Chronic Illness 11
2. Self-Compassion
and Rising Above Self-Defeating Thoughts 21
3. What They’re Going to Say About You 35
4. Making New Friendships and Salvaging Old Ones 55
5. Dating and Relationships 69
6. Creating a Support System 83
7. The World Won’t Wait: School and Work 97
8. Remaining Independent 123
9. Becoming Your Own Patient Advocate 135
10. Thriving with Chronic Illness 159
Acknowledgments 167
Appendix: Online Resources 169
References 195

Interviews


Jacqueline resides in Boca Raton, FL.

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Monique_Garcia 10 months ago
By far one of the most authentic and uplifting books I have ever read! This book is one of the very few things that has helped me cope with my chronic illness. Regardless of how old or young you may be, I completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone who struggles with a chronic illness and even for those who are simply trying to understand someone who does. Ilana Jacqueline is truly amazing for writing such a wonderful candid book!