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Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness

How to Stay Sane and Live One Step Ahead of Your Symptoms
Narrated by: Lori Prince
Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

Popular blogger Ilana Jacqueline offers smart and savvy advice, humor, and practical tips for living with an invisible chronic illness.

Do you live with a chronic, debilitating, yet invisible condition? You may feel isolated, out of step, judged, lonely, or misunderstood - and that's on top of dealing with the symptoms of your actual illness. Take heart. You are not alone, although sometimes it can feel that way.

Written by a blogger who suffers from an invisible chronic illness, Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness offers peer-to-peer support to help you stay sane, be your own advocate, and get back to living your life. This compelling guide is written for anyone suffering with an illness no one can see - such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), Lyme disease, lupus, dysautonomia, or even multiple sclerosis (MS).

This book will tell you everything you need to know about living with a complicated, invisible condition - from how to balance sex, dating, and relationships to handling work and school with unavoidable absences. You'll also learn to navigate judg-y or skeptical relatives and strangers and - most importantly - manage your medical care.

Suffering from a chronic illness doesn't mean you can't live an active, engaged life. This book will show you how.

©2018 Ilana Jacqueline (P)2018 Vibrance Press

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Well Organised and Helpful

I found Ilana Jaqueline's book helpful and entertaining. While it isn't specific to any particular condition (most books won't be unless you have a fairly common condition I would suspect) I did find her advice helpful. Sometimes we need reminding of things like self-care or how to look at unhelpful family and loved ones. I appreciated the structure of the material, the relatable content, and the overall positive message. I have listened to the book several times and plan to keep it to hand for the reminders I sometimes need coping with my rare syndrome and associated conditions.

I have already recommended this book to several friends and in support forums. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of help managing chronic, rare, or invisible illness.

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Vague and patronising.

None of the information was particularly helpful for my condition. Frustrating and patronising as I felt I was being talked down to. Hopelessly vague.

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  • Heather Davies
  • 21-03-18

Great Reference Guide!

I wish I had this with me when I first became ill, it would have saved me alot of heartache and tears. Ilanas words resonated with me on many levels. I would recommend this book to anyone learning to walk in this life with an invisible illness. Whether you have yet to be diagnosed or a seasoned patient, this is great tool.

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  • vducky
  • 22-06-19

A must listen for anyone with chronic illness!!

Loved this book. From the performance to the content. Very informative and motivational to take your life back or keep your life despite chronic illness. Will definitely listen to multiple times through out my chronic illness journey.

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  • Catherine Burns
  • 08-07-18

LOVED THIS BOOK <br />

Thank you so much for all your tools and encouragement!! I now feel empowered to fight for myself.

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  • Jobananamama
  • 25-10-19

My absolute #1 go to.

My absolute #1 go to when I need to decompress, when anxiety is high. Everything she says, I can relate to.