Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with


  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness
  • Paul J. Donoghue
  • English
  • 10 October 2015
  • 9780393320657

10 thoughts on “Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired: Living with Invisible Chronic Illness

  1. Jodi Jodi says:

    This book was very good and seemed to offer lots of useful advice but it seemed to be aimed at those with a certain type of disease pattern perhaps the type which the authors were most familiar with Which is fair enoughThis book is great probably if you have a non severe andor relapsing and remitting disease But I found very little here for coping with very severe disease with no breaksThe book very much asssumes throughout that patients will have periods of illness and then periods of wellness or at least periods of being slightly less unwellThis just does not apply to Myalgic Encepahlomyelitis and especially severe ME nor to many other diseases I am sure As such for those of us who fit this description much of the advice in the book is inappropriate and can't be used and is also slightly depressing To read a book which assumes you'll have better health periods now and then when this isn't the case and hasn't been for many years can make you feel a bit sadThe problem of being bedbound housebound or unable to speak for long periods or write or have visitors is also not mentioned at allI don't mean all this even as a criticism of the book really as I am sure this book is suitable for many poeple and the authors had to write what they knew Also when a book has 'invisible illness'in the title I suppose this does to some extent suggest it covers diseases which do not leave you obviously visibly ill such as bedbound or housebound That would be a very fair point as well of course Although many other diseases the book discusses are called invisible when really the patients do look ill perhaps just not 'ill enough' for how disabled they are for some critical bystandersBut I just want to add this comment about it not fitting all disease types as well for the benefit of readers such as myself who will not get as much out of this book as some others might Horses for coursesThis book seems great for those who do fit these disease types though It contains much than the usual superfical and commonly given advice The authors clearly know this topic well and are passionate about the topicJodi Bassett The Hummingbirds' Foundation for ME


  2. Nolwenn Juno Nolwenn Juno says:

    This book is a must read if you are suffering from ICI invisible chronic illnessand have been diagnosed after years of being put down by doctors of almost every possible specialty It tells you not so much about diseases than about how people deal with being at times extremely sick and incpacitated while looking perfectly healthy for most people Anytime someone sees me they say well I don't understand you look fine they wonder about the sick leave Even down while I almost died at the hospital they still said the same Because a few afflictions have the capacity to hurt and destroy you without a SINGLE external sign As you go from doctor to doctor they think the same as your friends and family except your close family who actually see you suffer a lot and feel impotent and you end up at the door of a psychiatrist with a recommendation from your GP I was soooo relieved when they finally found out a disease that is NOT mentioned in this book spondylitis so relieved to know that I was right from the beginning I felt legitimate again and reading this book makes your realise a lot of people experience the same struggle You were not alone feels good to readThat is true for the first part though the second part is not as interesting as actually reading on CBT or non violent communication which it is about but still I owe such people for sharing their experience


  3. Susan Bazzett-Griffith Susan Bazzett-Griffith says:

    Probably one of the best books about coping and living with chronic illness shortly after a diagnosis that I've read There is valuable insights and information in this book particularly about how to talk with family spouses caregivers and doctors about your experiences It gave me a lot to consider and with minimal bullshit about living as well as possible in a body that is not generally well It is dated and even the updated version reads a bit dated but the advice is still excellent if not as broad in scope as it could be Four stars one I'd recommend for other people living with invisible chronic illnesses


  4. Marsha Altman Marsha Altman says:

    Good summary of living with an invisible illness Some good advice some new age crap but not very much of it Also made me pretty sure I have at least two extra diseases


  5. Morgan Morgan says:

    I was really looking forward to reading this book only to feel disappointing and angry upon finishing The first half was okay and mostly a summary of what it's like living with different Invisible Chronic Illnesses ICI The biggest issue in this part was that they had an incorrect definition of endometriosis Seriously You'd think with a new edition they'd fix that issue but I guess not Endometriosis is NOT as they claim endometrium that also implants itself outside the uterus Endometriosis implants are NOT the same type of cells as the endometrium but are DIFFERENT; they are similar but different The difference is huge and this type of misinformation is detrimental to getting effective treatment and is part of the reason why it's so hard to get people to understand the disease Do betterThe second half is where it became painfully obvious it was written by psychologists and not medical doctors which explains why they don't even know what endometriosis is still no excuse This half was repetitious psychological bs mostly about the power of positive thinking insert eye roll here and effective listening While these are certainly important things there are effective coping strategies and advice for coping with ICI without focusing solely on feelings The chapter that ticked me off the most was Getting and Keeping the Attention of the Healthcare System which instead of offering practical advice about navigating said system it focused on doctor's feelings and about effective communication NOT HELPFUL Basic repetitious information and misleading chapter title Their only saving grace was the unobtrusive biblical advice which was beautiful and sound However the rest is based on anecdotal evidence oddly placed and misused Shakespearean uotes and repetitive advice based only on feelings I do not recommend to any ICI patient particularly not any with endometriosis


  6. grace grace says:

    This book was pretty good The first section went over what an Invisible Chronic Illness is with examples and anecdotes and how it affects someone not only physically but socially and psychologically The second section is about learning to cope with chronic illness I found it very helpful and even took some notes It reflected some of what I have been learning lately in talk therapy such as confronting irrational thoughts and learning better ways of communicating your feelings and listening to others feelings The end of the book includes reading lists and contact information for various associations related to the chronic illnesses in the book This was first published in 1992 with an introduction added in 2000 so some of the information and contacts may be out of date I noticed a lot of the books on the reading lists were older as well Also there is a slight Christianreligious slant to some of the sections which I found a bit out of place but it wasn't very overwhelming and was easy to ignore for someone who isn't Christian or religious


  7. Melinda Melinda says:

    Thank you thank you Paul J Donoghue This is a must read for anyone with chronic illness Most self help books for chronic diseases are tomes of detailed basically useless information followed by impossible to follow treatment plans so no one can fault the author when the book turns out to help no one at all For anyone who is worn out with illness a book the size of a Stephen King novel is just too daunting anyway Well at least if it’s not as fun to readThis little gem has short common sense chapters followed by study uestions that can be used privately or for a support group It has Biblical references but they are helpful rather than “preachy” so you need not be Christian to use this book The book’s aim is not to find a cure or prayers for healing but offers some coping skills for daily living and interactions that I honestly had not thought about It is useful and uplifting I highly recommend this one


  8. SBC SBC says:

    As someone who lives with a number of ICIs invisible chronic illnesses I found this book helpful in the way it made me feel understood Since one of the many problems of having an ICI is that other people often don't get it it was reassuring and comforting to read the case studies of other people who suffer in the same ways That was probably the main thing I got from the book so than any practical guidance


  9. Marian Groome Marian Groome says:

    Very empathetic view of chronic illness


  10. Leisa Cadotte Leisa Cadotte says:

    Very useful and practical guide for newly diagnosed patients of chronic illness


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