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Her self imageI had to smile when Cohen identified How are you as the most insincere uestion that people ask I share the xperience that people really do not want to know and inuire under the assumption that no one will be rude nough to actually answer the uestion honestly Another point that strongly resonated with me was Larry s xperience that others tended to place him into a diagnostic box attributing much of his behaviour to his illness When does the diagnosis stop and the human being regain a sense of control of a life he asksSocial support varied amongst the participants and maintaining relationships could be challenging Denise was divorced and had limited family support She pointed out that she was alone before she was diagnosed and there was no reason for that to change after her diagnosis She observed that a benefit of this was not having to The Soviet Union experience guilt over being a burden on a spouse The author repeatedly challenged Denise on her choice to be alone which initially struck me as imposing his own preconceptions His attempts to intercede in Denise s family situations seemed like inappropriate interferenceven meddling or a misguided attempt to apply his own agenda Yet again I must check myself since like Denise I have chosen to isolate myself because of my illnessRoles and identities are a recurring theme across the participants stories Buzz unable to work fell deeply into debt and feared Gods and Heroes ending up homeless which compromised important role identities he held as a husband and father Ben s parentsspecially his father struggled with the idea that their son would die before they did Sarah s illness constantly makes me second guess myself and uestion who I am Buzz drew heavily on his faith in God to maintain a positive outlook The stoicism that resulted was challenging for those around him to face Larry identified himself as a very spiritual person and found it frustrating when doctors dismissed his spiritual xperiences as psychotic attempting to force patients into non psychotic behaviour with such zealotry that they dismiss too many possibly positive and healthy dimensions of the PATIENT S MIND BODY AND SOUL HOPE WAS A s mind body and soul Hope was a that arose often Larry struggled with doctors who would
try to take away hope saying he would never get his life back He felt they had no right to to take away hope saying he would never get his life back He felt they had no right to this and he saw hope as being as necessary for the soul as oxygen for the body The book concludes on a very hopeful note with all of the participants presenting their stories to Harvard Medical School faculty and students Meeting one another and speaking together was a way to come together as a community and connect in finding hope voice and inspiration Through the advocacy work they ngaged in they were able to take ownership find a sense of purpose and No Beast So Fierce establish identity As Larry observed We are connected and were strong at the broken places This book is a fascinating journey into the depths of chronic illness and while there are somelements I wish were done differently the message of being strong together at the broken places is certainly a powerful oneFirst published on the blog Mental Health Homehttpsmentalhealthathomewordpress This should be on the list of 1000 Essential Books to Read Its a humanizing book I don t know how lse to describe it We like to read about xplorers athletes people who climb Mt Everest people who Last Chance Bride escape from disasterwaroppression we like to see what keeps these people going when they are strained to the limit but we see someone in a wheelchair and we look away We are uncomfortable These are the warriors among us and we don t give them the time of day I loved this bookspecially the last chapter How do people live with debilitating illness How do they keep going when they are losing very day We are a culture that worships independence and health What happens to the people who At not only does the public want to hear from people who overcome the challenges of illness but that in the isolated world of illness there are people who want their voices to be heard. ,
Must read Beautiful prose about suffering from chronic debilitating illness in world that favors beauty and health and wealth above all Is is not asy to suffer silently and with stigma I was often told of my bipolar to just snap out of it If I could I would have a long time ago and never Lawman Lover (Outlaws, experience the hellish hail storms of negativity that overpower me and cause severe agony These five as well as the author suffer from diseases such as Chrone s Hodgkins bipolar MS ALStc They are courageous as they choose to live and see the best City Girl in Training every day despite the urge to give up They are the best of our society and we can learn much from their uiet inner struggles This book was amazing A must read After the acknowledgment section and just prior to the preface Cohen 2008 uotes Ernest Hemingway s 1929 powerfully subjective stance on life viz the world breaksveryone and afterward many are strong in the broken places However this u Wonderful Mystery at Kittiwake Bay exploration of what it means to live with different types of chronic illness One chapter is about a social worker in the Shaker area Injoyed this but for some reason throughout Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files each one of the five separate profiles in this book the author doesn t use any contractions when writing the dialogue This was fairly jarring since no one truly talks like that in theirveryday lives I m not sure why he made that choice but I think if he would ve transcribed the dialogue as it was actually spoken it would have allowed readers to better connect with the people telling their stories The book chronicles the lives of Five citizens living with various disabilities and although ach wreaks havoc on them in different ways they share similarities in courage self determination and public ignorance Each story tells of the person finding hope and strength under the most difficult of circumstances and how we as able bodied people should strive to be like them Each story is inspirational and revealing and show "How Each One Is "each one is to live a good life on their own terms Richard Cohen is the wife of Meredith Viera television news journalist and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis MS in his late 20 s prior to his marriage to MV I began reading STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES on March 31 2012 when reading anything longer than a prayer was not on my to do list With four killer diseases my mom was #STILL HANGING ON TO LIFE HER #hanging on to life Her of death April 17 was on the Hebrew calendar the day after the second anniversary of my brother s death Although ight years ago I found Richard M Cohen s BLINDSIDED uite interesting and inspiring I ve noticed that I keep walking by my copy of STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES and NOT picking it up I do plan to read it someday but not today or tomorrow or next month So I created a new GR shelf for it and I m almost certain that it will have company before it leaves its place on the someday but not today shelf This book is the story of 5 people with various medical conditions and how they deal with their illnesses The problems are a woman with Lou Gehrig s disease a man with terminal cancer man with muscular dystrophy a woman with Crohn s Disease and a man with Bi Polar disorder This was a tough book for me to get through The people who s stories are told were brave and tough but I found the telling to be on the depressing side There were nuggats here and there that but I found the telling to be on the depressing side There were nuggats here and there that would like to remember but mostly I dreaded going back to it There is a very interesting bit in Buzz Bar s storymy favorite on pages 120 122very coolThe author has MS and has been through colon cancer twice His xperiences are told in his first book Blindsided which I don t think I will readThe woman who recommended this book to me absolutely loved it so don t discard it because of my review I was probably just in the mood for a cheerful book Stop for a moment and consider the likely fact that you. Strong at the Broken Places is the remarkable story of five ordinary people trapped in the complex world of serious chronic illness In this intimate portrait acclaimed journalist Richa. ,
review Strong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness A Chorus of Hope,
LIVING WITH CHRONIC DISEASE IT ISwith chronic disease It is prevalent And they may or may not have told you because such diseases are often stigmatisedRichard M Cohen collates five searing accounts of chronic disease As a person with Multiple Sclerosis he xplores the lives of others living with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS muscular dystrophy non Hodgkin lymphoma Crohn s disease and bipolar disorderThis is a disturbing and depressing must read that I recommend for all adults Too often we choose not to see the daily pain and An Italian Education extraordinary lives of those around us many of whom are living with chronic diseaseStrong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness a Chorus of Hope is an attempt to break through the stigma and a good one As Cohen writes do not turn away Strong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness a Chorus of Hope is an intimate look at living with chronic illness Author Richard M Cohen who himself has multiple sclerosis works with five participants who have various chronic illnesses to capture their stories and help others understand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take The participants are Denise who has has ALS often known as Lou Gherig s disease Buzz who has has non Hodgkins lymphoma Ben who has muscular dystrophy Sarah who has has Crohn s disease and Larry who has bipolar disorder The authorngages with those featured in the book over a span of not just months but years getting to know them on a far deeper level than simply the words they chose to useThis is not a sanitized at face value look at chronic illness Rather it probes the depths of it Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code encompassing the myriad ways in which chronic illness affects the lives of those it touches both directly and indirectly The author skillfully ties the stories to one another illustrating the many commonalities among thexperiences of disparate chronic illnesses The book gives voice to those who society tends to silence Too often the sick are seen and not heard Listen Their songs are soft but steady Hear the sound of steel the uiet toughness at the core There were a few things that surprised me and at times somewhat disturbed me about Cohen s approach He openly brings in his own opinions and Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, expectations of how the participants should behave including uestioning Buzz s decision to accept his oncologist s recommendations rather than seeking additional information or other opinions Initially this struck me as inappropriate but as the book progresses as a reader I become comfortable with it as the purpose seemed to be a deeperxploration of the participant s ideas and behavioursThe author s interviews with people who knew the ill participant initially felt awkward to me as a reader seeming almost a betrayal In particular his attempt to interview Buzz s 9 year old son accomplished little besides making the child uncomfortable However in checking my own reaction I recognize that at least to some degree I m projecting because of of my own illnessA mildly irritating uirk was that the dialogue didn t contain the contractions that would typically be used in casual speech This made the dialogue feel a bit stilted at times which is unfortunate as it seems unlikely that this accurately reflected the uality of speechCohen describes the daily brushes with public ignorance and indifference and the accurately reflected the uality of speechCohen describes the daily brushes with public ignorance and indifference and the of being sick in a society that worships health brand and define us The weight and pain of the burden this imposed were difficult for the participants to carry Larry likened chronic illness to a battle with two fronts the disease itself and public ignorance Denise s slurred speech led people to ignorantly jump to conclusions such as assuming she d had a stroke or was drunk Sarah was uickly identified as abnormal because of the side ffects of long term steroids which significantly reshaped her face and body and this took a heavy toll on. Rd M Cohen probes lives of sickness as these individuals struggle to copeIn 2003 Cohen published Blindsided a bestselling memoir of illness The outpouring of support revealed to him th.