10 Books To Read If You've Recently Been Diagnosed With a Chronic Illness

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It's hard living with chronic illness, but these books can help!

The Best Books to Read If You've Recently Been Diagnosed with a Chronic Illness

It's hard to be young and diagnosed with a chronic illness. People often tell you that you're too young to be so sick and in pain all the time as if you don't already know that. Well, here are the 10 of the best books to read if you've recently been diagnosed with a chronic illness!

They're all pretty great reads if you've been sick for a while too, chock full of info about the health care system, personal accounts of what it is like living with chronic illness, what to expect, and how you can cope. Maybe they'll even inspire you to start writing about your own journey through the treacherous battle that is chronic illness. Your book could wind up on a list like this someday too!

1. Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine by Michele Lent Hirsch

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"An exploration of women navigating serious health issues at an age where they're expected to be healthy, dating, having careers and children." This is the ultimate book to read when your life gets disrupted by illness in your twenties.

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2. Young, Sick, and Invisible: A Skeptic’s Journey with Chronic Illness by Ania Bula

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"Drawing on her own deeply personal experiences, Ania Bula explores what it is like to live with unseen chronic disabilities...With honesty and humor, she shares her journey of pain, suffering, and, ultimately, coping, both to help others gain some understanding about what it is like to live with chronic illness—and to help those who might similarly suffer feel less alone, so that they too might start living again."

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3. Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties by Laurie Edwards

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"Laurie Edwards also addresses the particular needs of people who have more than one chronic illness or who are among the twenty-five million Americans with a rare disorder. She shares her own story and the experiences of others with chronic illness, as well as advice from life coaches, employment specialists, and health professionals. Reading Life Disrupted is like having a best friend and mentor who truly does know what you're going through."

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4. Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenbery

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"Maya Dusenbery brings together scientific and sociological research, interviews with doctors and researchers, and personal stories from women across the country to provide the first comprehensive, accessible look at how sexism in medicine harms women today." Women with chronic illness face a constant problem of not being believed by doctors, which Dusenbery tackles in her incredible book.

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5. ChronicBabe 101: How to Craft an Incredible Life Beyond Illness by Jenni Grover

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"This course-in-a-book contains ten lessons in essential areas that women with chronic illness need to address in order to craft a life beyond chronic illness - to become more than professional patients. Through personal stories, expert interviews, encouraging exercises, and hundreds of resources, author Jenni Grover teaches sick chicks how to become total babes!"

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6. Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women's Pain by Abby Norman

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"Putting her own trials into a broader historical, sociocultural, and political context, Norman shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge, and truth. It's time to refute the belief that being a woman is a preexisting condition."

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7. Pain Woman Takes Your Keys, and Other Essays from a Nervous System by Sonya Huber

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"Huber addresses the nature and experience of invisible disability, including the challenges of gender bias in our health care system, the search for effective treatment options, and the difficulty of articulating chronic pain. She makes pain a lens of inquiry and lyricism, finds its humor and complexity, describes its irascible character, and explores its temperature, taste, and even its beauty."

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8. Through the Shadowlands: A Science Writer's Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn't Understand by Julie Rehmeyer

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"With only her scientific savvy, investigative journalism skills, and dog, Frances, to rely on, Julie carved out her own path to wellness—and uncovered how shocking scientific neglect and misconduct had forced her and millions of others to go it alone. In stunning prose, she describes how her illness transformed her understanding of science, medicine, and spirituality."

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9. In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America by Laurie Edwards

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"More than 133 million Americans now live with chronic illness, accounting for nearly three quarters of all health care dollars and untold pain, disability, and heartbreak...What The Noonday Demon did for people suffering from depression, Laurie Edwards does for those who are chronically ill, championing their cause and giving voice to their lament."

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10. How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard

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"Toni Bernhard got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way...Toni learned how to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. This book reminds us that our own inner freedom is limitless, regardless of our external circumstances."

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