Lives Worth Living: Women's Experience of Chronic Illness

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Veronica Marris, who was diagnosed as diabetic in her twenties, presents a series of interviews with women with a range of illnesses and medical conditions - including diabetes, ME, sickle cell anaemia, HIV, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, asthma, arthritis and epilepsy. The book uncovers concerns and problems common to these women, who struggle with disabling illnesses as well as a society and medical profession often unwilling or unable to recognize their needs or their worth. Many speak of the naivety or ignorance of their family and friends, of the pressure to be seen to be coping, of being blamed for their illness and of being thought pushy or bitter when they fight for what they deserve.

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'Sometimes you're out there and you're looking alright, but nobody knows what you're suffering inside.'

In this calling and informative book, Veronica Marris, who was diagnosed as diabetic in her twenties, has interviewed many women with a range of illnesses and medical conditions – including arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, lupus, ME, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anaemia and thyroid disease. For many of Veronica's contacts it was their first chance to talk about living with illness.

She uncovered many concerns and problems common to these different women, who struggle with disabling illnesses as well as a society and a medical profession often unwilling or unable to recognise either their needs or their worth. Many speak of the naivety and ignorance of friends and family, of the pressure to be seen to be coping, of being blamed for their illness, and for being thought pushy or bitter when they fight for what they deserve.

This account of the humour, intelligence and courage women bring to bear on the obstacles in their way offers many women the comfort and strength of knowing they are not alone in their struggle with illness. 'Lives Worth Living' is a spirited riposte to those who would rather keep illness out of sight and out of mind, and a reminder to us all that healthiness should never be valued over humanness.

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