Welcome to a new feature here at Chronic Illness Bloggers! Each month, we aim to review one book that’s perfect for the chronic illness community. First up is Amber Blackburn who blogs over at Theworldseesnormal.com. She reviewed ‘Dear Chronic Illness’ by Pippa Stacey (one of our CIB members). The book can found on Amazon-UK/US
I’ve always heard that writing a letter is a good way to deal with something big that has happened in your life. For instance writing a letter to your ex after a divorce, or to a loved one who has died. Or even to your body or disease after you have been given a life-altering diagnosis. And that is exactly what each of the individuals featured in Dear Chronic Illness Complied by Pippa Stacey. Pippa put together a book of letters that individuals have written to their bodies and to their conditions.
Each author in this book did just that: they wrote a letter to their condition. Some were angry and telling their condition how angry or sad they were at the things they took from them. Or the things that they are no longer able to do because of said condition. While other were talked about the things they learned about themselves since they have been sick. The books authors had a wide variety of conditions as well as a wide variety of thoughts and feelings about living with said chronic illnesses.
Pippa did a fabulous job of putting together a great group of authors who suffer with a wide variety of conditions. Even though there were conditions repeated no two letters were the same.
The concept of the book is fabulous and I truly enjoyed reading each authors letter.
There were several authors that I really related to and even marked “YES!” in the margin next to their letter. But one author said something that really resonated with me. Merete Graham said “You’ve taught me that seeing your life crumble apart between your hands is an opportunity to find your inner light and to follow it. To rise up.” This stuck with me.
This is what I try to do on a daily basis but Merete put it so eloquently. That’s what we all need to do. We all need to RISE UP! That’s exactly what Pippa Stacey did but compiling this book. She went out on a limb and compiled letters from all kinds of people with chronic illness and put them in one book! Truly fantastic. I would love to see more books like this done in the future to continue to raise awareness of the chronic illness community. I loved this compilation and look forward to seeing more work from Pippa in the future.
Thanks Amber for sharing your review-what book would you like to see featured next?