Michell, Dr. Lynn Shattered: Life with M.E.

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Shattered: Life with M.E.

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A powerful account of life with M.E. from the eyes of a sufferer, describing the feeling of a ‘life interrupted’ through a variety of voices, Shattered will offer empathy, hope and support to sufferers and their families as well as giving practical advice on how to live with chronic fatigue.

It is March 1987. There is a flu bug doing the rounds in Edinburgh, which floors Lynn Michell and her two sons. Instead of pulling out of their ill and exhausted state, none of them gets better. It takes three years for Lynn's elder son to recover. She and her younger son are still ill 16 years later.

In Shattered, Lynn Michell tells of haunting episodes in her own life with ME, a "still life" suspended by a savagely capricious illness, as well as the stories of many others – men, women and young people – which convey the complexity of ME, an illness which deals out a slightly different hand of cards each time it strikes. This tapestry of voices is held together by Lynn's own intelligent, loving, and often angry commentary and as such it is a tour de force. While the first person snapshots of sufferers of all ages paint an accurate picture of "life interrupted", readers will find hope,
humour and ways of surviving as they recognise others who live and feel and react just as they do.

Dr Vance Spence writes in the foreword:
"Dr Lynn Michell has written a remarkable book – the product of her own experience as both an ME sufferer and a medical sociologist. (She) highlights the central themes which dominate this illness: the lack of a recognised diagnosis; the scepticism of medical professionals; the lack of support from family and friends; the deserts of fatigue and pain; the loneliness involved in the search for help and empathy. These are the voices of real people with terrible stories to tell. While people with ME and their carers will read this book and empathise, it should also be read by health and social care professionals for the insights that it gives."

Lynn Michell's purpose is unwavering throughout: to help others with this cruel illness find acknowledgement and validation in a cruel world.

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‘Reading your book has restored my self-respect. Before I blamed myself; now I see that society is to blame for making me feel bad about my illness. It is beautifully written. It made me cry. But it is just what everyone in my position needs.’ A reader of Shattered.

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''It is March 1987. There is a flu but doing the rounds which floors me, my sons and three members of my husband's academic department. But instead of slowly pulling out of our ill exhausted state, none of us gets better. The other adults take between one and ten years to regain their health. It will take three years for my elder son to recover. My younger son and I are still ill fifteen years later.''

In 'Shattered', Lynn Michell tells of haunting episodes in her own life with M.E., a 'still life' suspended by a savagely capricious illness, as well as the stories of many others – men, women and young people. These voices convey the complexity of M.E., an illness which deals out a slightly different hand of cards each time it strikes.

This tapestry of voices is held together by Lynn's own intelligent, loving, and often angry commentary. And her purpose is unwavering throughout: to help others with this cruel illness find acknowledgment and validation in a cruel world.

"Reading this book has restore my self -respect. It is beautifully written. It made me cry. But it is just what everyone in my position needs."
Young M.E. sufferer

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