You Don't Look Sick!: Living Well With Chronic Invisible Illness

You Don't Look Sick!: Living Well With Chronic Invisible Illness

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You Don't Look Sick!: Living Well With Chronic Invisible Illness by Joy H. Selak, Steven S. Overman

You DonÌt Look Sick chronicles one personÌs true-life story of illness and her physicians compassionate commentary as they journey through the four stages of chronic illnessÛGetting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance and Living Well. The authors address such practical aspects as hiring a doctor, managing chronic pain, coping with grief and loss of function, winning battles with health and disability insurers, countering the social bias against the chronically ill, and recognizing the limitations of chronic illness care and charting a path for change and more. This warmhearted resource helps you focus on building a meaningful life as opposed to a life of frustration and fear.

This book is thoroughly revised and updated based upon feedback from readers of the first edition. The authors have added a new section on Grief and Acceptance, address the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act and Dr. Overman has added practical travel tips that bring organization and focus to each phase of the journey. Designed for people at all stages of the chronic illness journey, this book is also illuminating for caregivers and loved ones.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936303427
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/17/2012
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 667,151
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Joy H. Selak has lived with chronic autoimmune, musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions since the late 1980s. Joy is the current board president of ZACH Theatre, the premier professional theatre in Austin, Texas. She is also involved in ZACH's education programs and serves on MindPOP, an organization dedicated to providing all Austin schoolchildren with an arts rich education. She is married and her very blended family includes six grown children and ten grandchildren, so far.

Steven S. Overman, MD is a founding member of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic. He is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division Chief of Rheumatology and recent Director of Musculoskeletal Planning at University of Washington Northwest Hospital. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and has an MPH degree, was medical director of a Medicare health plan, is board certified in quality assurance and has been active in the American College of Rheumatology. He loves traveling and outdoor activities with his wife and three adult sons.

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You Don't Look Sick!: Living Well With Chronic Invisible Illness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
An_Arkansas_Reader More than 1 year ago
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 Invisible Chronic Illness: Getting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance, and Living Well. I have lived with invisible chronic illness for 11 years. I wish I would have had this book at the start of my journey. I have read many books about my health condition, many of which promise a miracle cure with an exercise, a supplement, or a diet, which ultimately did not work for me. This guide does not dispense specific medical advice, but offers a glimpse into how to live, and indeed thrive, when you live with an ongoing medical condition. Outlook, understanding, and relationships are at the heart of the discussion. To hear Joy so eloquently describe many of my internal and external challenges and to know I am not alone in my experience brought tears to my eyes on a few occasions. (E.g. wondering what to say when people ask, "How are you?" in passing) This is a book I will keep and reread over the years when I find myself needing a bit of a boost. Highly recommended for those living with an invisible chronic illness as well as their caregivers and family members!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars thus far