Year 3, Book 67

67. Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties by Laurie Edwards
I felt like this book had sort of an identity crisis. It mostly seemed to be a memoir of the author’s experience with chronic illnesses that she had since birth but trying to focus on experiences that chronic illnesses affect in young adults. However, it was clear she was trying to make it more of a self-help book hoping to use her experiences to illustrate how to cope with these issues. She also interviewed people with some other illnesses such as cystic fibrosis and fibromyalgia, but these people’s experiences were mentioned merely in passing throughout the book. Although she did have some good things to say I had a hard time relating to this book. Most of the people in this book including the author herself had actually been sick since they were kids, which I think give them a different experience than someone like me who actually got sick in her 20’s. I feel like for the other people she interviewed she should have had more people like that instead of almost solely people who had been experiencing illness almost their whole lives like she had. I give the book a 5 out of 10.

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