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Stop for a moment and consider the likely fact that you now someone living with chronic disease It is increasingly prevalent And they may or may not have told you because such diseases are often stigmatisedRichard M Cohen collates five searing accounts of chronic disease As a person with Multiple Sclerosis he explores the lives of others living with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS muscular dystrophy non Hodgkin lymphoma Crohn s disease and bipolar disorderThis is a disturbing and depressing must read that I recommend for all adults Too often we choose not to see the daily pain and extraordinary lives of those around us many of whom are living with chronic diseaseStrong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness a Chorus of Hope is an attempt "to break through the stigma and a good one As Cohen writes do "break through the stigma and a good one As Cohen writes do turn away The book chronicles the lives of Five citizens living with various disabilities and although each wreaks havoc on them in different ways they share similarities in courage self determination and public ignorance Each story tells of the person finding hope and strength under the most difficult of circumstances and how we as able bodied people should strive to

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like them Each story inspirational and revealing and show how each one is determined to live a good life on their own terms Richard Cohen is the wife of Meredith Viera television news journalist and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis MS in his late 20 s prior to his marriage to MV After the acknowledgment section and just prior to the preface Cohen 2008 uotes Ernest Hemingway s 1929 powerfully subjective stance on life viz the world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places However this uote is not entirely correct What Hemingway wrote wasIf people bring so much courage to this world the world has to Lawman Lover (Outlaws, kill them to break them so of course itills them The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places But those that will not break it City Girl in Training kills Itills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially If you are none of these you can be sure it will ill you too but there will be no special hurry Hemingway 1929 p 267I am not uite sure why Cohen chose the abbreviated version of the uote It appears that the actual uote closely resembles the context and spirit the book was written in Nevertheless I agree with Cohen s assessment thatHemingway had it right If the world is not the enemy neither is it our friend In the end no matter who surrounds us we travel alone Our friends and loved ones are there providing an infrastructure of love and support But courage must be drawn from within emphasis adde. Strong at the Broken Places is the remarkable story of five ordinary people trapped in the complex world of serious chronic illness In this intimate portrait acclaimed journalist Richa. ,

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Strong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness A Chorus of HopeD Let the world see us as we see ourselves and "have the faith to permit us to do it our way "the faith to permit us to do it our way 2008 p xxThis text provides an intriguing portrait of the lived experience of five six when including the author people with chronic illness From Denise Glass life defining amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS through Larry Fricks battle with Bipolar disorder each story paints an intimate portrait of the subjective battle waged by people with chronic illnesses of the subjective battle waged by people with chronic illnesses a doubt the people profiled in these pages display a deep existential authenticity that Cohen has masterfully translated into words In Denise s case the prospect of dying was beginning to clarify how she wanted to live whereas Larry opines when does the diagnosis stop and the human being regain a sense of control of a life Cohen 2008 p 30 and p 352 Ultimately this book is about the subjective experience of those with chronic disabilities and their authentic reaction to finding the courage and hope in difficult circumstances It shows the importance of the human dimension as opposed to the merely medical The strength and courage of these individuals may serve as a lesson to those looking to find value in empathy compassion and acceptance Above all it serves as a reminder that despite a variety of unintended hardships the all it serves as a reminder that despite a variety of unintended hardships the spirit can prevail and become strong at the broken places Happy reading ReferencesCohen MC 2008 Strong at the Broken Places New York NY HarperCollinsHemingway E 1929 A Farewell to Arms New York NY Charles Scribner s Sons Strong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness a Chorus of Hope is an intimate look at living with chronic illness Author Richard M Cohen who himself has multiple sclerosis works with five participants who have various chronic illnesses to capture their stories and help others understand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take The participants are Denise who has has ALS often nown as Lou Gherig s disease Buzz who has has non Hodgkins lymphoma Ben who has muscular dystrophy Sarah who has has Crohn s disease and La I began reading STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES on March 31 2012 when reading anything longer than a prayer was not on my to do list With four Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files killer diseases my mom was still hanging on to life Her date of death April 17 was on the Hebrew calendar the day after the second anniversary of my bro Wonderful exploration of what it means to live with different types of chronic illness One chapter is about a social worker in the Shaker area This should be on the list of 1000 Essential Books to Read Its a humanizing book I don tnow how else to describe it We like to read about explorers athletes people who climb Mt Ever. Rd M Cohen probes lives of sickness as these individuals struggle to copeIn 2003 Cohen published Blindsided a bestselling memoir of illness The outpouring of support revealed to him th. ,
Est people who escape from disasterwaroppression we like to see "what eeps these people going when they are strained to the limit but we see someone in a wheelchair and "keeps these people going when they are strained to the limit but we see someone in a wheelchair and look away We are uncomfortable These are the warriors among us and we don t give them the time of day I loved this book especially the last chapter How do people live with debilitating illness How do they eep going when they are losing every day We are a culture that worships independence and health What happens to the people who have neither luxury What these people have to say about their struggle matters to our society than can be measured I highly recommend This book is the story of 5 people with various medical conditions and how they deal with their illnesses The problems are a woman with Lou Gehrig s disease a man with terminal cancer man with muscular dystrophy a woman with Crohn s Disease and a man with Bi Polar disorder This was a tough book for me to get through The people who s stories are told were brave and tough but I found the telling to be on the depressing side There were nuggats here and there that I would like to remember but mostly I dreaded going back to it There is a very interesting bit in Buzz Bar s storymy favorite on pages 120 122very coolThe author has MS and has been through colon cancer twice His experiences are told in his first book Blindsided which I don t think I will readThe woman who recommended this book to me absolutely loved it so don t discard it because of my review I was probably just in the mood for a cheerful book I enjoyed this but for some reason throughout each one of the five separate profiles in this book the author doesn t use any contractions when writing the dialogue This was fairly jarring since no one truly talks like that in their everyday lives I m not sure why he made that choice but I think if he would ve transcribed the dialogue as it was actually spoken it would have allowed readers to better connect with the people telling their stories Must read Beautiful prose about suffering from chronic debilitating illness in world that favors beauty and health and wealth above all Is is not easy to suffer silently and with stigma I was often told of my bipolar to just snap out of it If I could I would have a long time ago and never experience the hellish hail storms of negativity that overpower me and cause severe agony These five as well as the author suffer from diseases such as Chrone s Hodgkins bipolar MS ALS etc They are courageous as they choose to live and see the best every day despite the urge to give up They are the best of our society and we can learn much from their uiet inner struggles This book. At not only does the public want to hear from people who overcome the challenges of illness but that in the isolated world of illness there are people who want their voices to be heard. ,