A young woman with chronic illness takes matters into her own hands in this debut novel the story does an excellent job of portraying the relentless difficulties of suffering from hard-to-treat, chronic illnesses a sometimes-exhausting but realistic portrait of life under physical duress. Kirkus Reviews While writing in her journal, Adrea Drea Ragnason visualizes a creative way to deal with the increasing complications in her life even though it wont provide immediate results. In the meantime, she lives her life as simply as possible. Drea enjoys spending time with her aunt and young niece, but doesnt enjoy the time spent at doctors offices; yet she does it so she will no longer be asked the question, Youre still sick? With her aunts help, Drea finds an apartment that includes an empathetic landlord. The new space gives her much needed peace and quiet, plus the freedom to easily monitor her hopeful plan of making her doctors walk a mile in her shoes. Helene Gundersen is a psychologist with a new practice. The daughter of a doctor, she isnt surprised that many of her clients are doctors, yet she is startled they share similar symptoms. Her comments and suggestions nudge them toward research. Meanwhile, she attempts to remain detached as she helps a chronically ill client; however, Helene is hopeful when learning about POTS, a condition caused by a malfunctioning autonomic nervous system, and one of several conditions listed under the broad term of dysautonomia.
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About the Author
Julie Jacobsen Deck is a reading teacher and mother of two, one of whom still suffers with chronic illness after fourteen years. She hopes this book will provide comfort (in a relatable character) for anyone dealing with chronic illness. She lives in upstate New York. www.juliejacobsendeck.com
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You're Still Sick? based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
“You’re Still Sick?” gives comfort that we are not alone suffering with our aliments. I wish it was available to me when I was in my 20’s. I had the Epstein Bar Virus (EBV) in 1988 and was told the symptoms were in my head. EBV was later discovered to be in the mononucleosis family, but could not be detected by a mono test. Sometimes doctors don’t have the answer and they want the patient’s symptoms to fit into what they know how to treat. It is a story of one woman’s hope, courage and determination, despite family and friends reactions to her ailments. It is a great gift to those who retreat from the world with such ailments. There’s hope. Believe. Maureen O’Connell