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Tantly makes me second guess myself and uestion who I am Buzz drew heavily n his faith in God to maintain a positive utlook The stoicism that resulted was challenging for those around him to face Larry identified himself as a very spiritual person and found it frustrating when doctors dismissed his spiritual experiences as psychotic attempting to force patients into non psychotic behaviour with such zealotry that they dismiss too many possibly positive and healthy dimensions f the patient s mind body and soul Hope was a theme that arose ften Larry struggled with doctors who would try to take away hope saying he would never get his life back He felt they had no right to do this and he saw hope as being as necessary for the soul as xygen for the body The book concludes n a very hopeful note with all f the participants presenting their stories to Harvard Medical School faculty and students Meeting The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel one another and speaking together was a way to come together as a community and connect in finding hope voice and inspiration Through the advocacy work they engaged in they were able to takewnership find a sense f purpose and establish identity As Larry bserved We are connected and were strong at the broken places This book is a fascinating journey into the depths Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of chronic illness and while there are some elements I wish were done differently the messagef being strong together at the broken places is certainly a powerful The Message of Salvation: By God's Grace, for God's Glory oneFirst publishedn the blog Mental Health Homehttpsmentalhealthathomewordpress I began reading STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES Anonymums on March 31 2012 when reading anything longer than a prayer was notn my to do list With four killer diseases my mom was still hanging n to life Her date f death April 17 was n the Hebrew calendar the day after the second anniversary f my brother s death Although eight years ago I found Richard M Cohen s BLINDSIDED uite interesting and inspiring I ve noticed that I keep walking by my copy Practical Ventriloquism of STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES and NOT picking it up I do plan to read it someday but not todayr tomorrow r next month So I created a new GR shelf for it and I m almost certain that it will have company before it leaves its place n the someday but not today shelf Wonderful exploration f what it means to live with different types f chronic illness One chapter is about a social worker in the Shaker area This should be On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals on the listf 1000 Essential Books to Read Its a humanizing book I don t know how else to describe it We like to read about explorers athletes people who climb Mt Everest people who escape from disasterwaroppression we like to see what keeps these people going when they are strained to the limit but we see someone in a wheelchair and we look away We are uncomfortable These are the warriors among us and we don t give them the time f day I loved this book especially the last chapter How do people live with debilitating illness How do they keep 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 ur society than can be measured I highly recommend This book is the story Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat 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 ben 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 Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home 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 becausef my review I was probably just in the mood for a cheerful book I enjoyed this but for some reason throughout each ne f the five separate profiles in this book the author doesn t use any contractions when writing the dialogue This was fairly jarring since no ne 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 Rd M Cohen probes lives f sickness as these individuals struggle to copeIn 2003 Cohen published Blindsided a bestselling memoir f illness The utpouring f support revealed to him th.
Strong at the Broken Places Voices f Illness a Chorus Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer 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 helpthers understand the Night's Pawn overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take The participants are Denise who has has ALSften known 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 Larry who has bipolar disorder The author engages with those featured in the book Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) over a spanf not just months but years getting to know them n a far deeper level than simply the words they chose to useThis is not a sanitized at face value look at chronic illness Rather it probes the depths f it encompassing the myriad ways in which chronic illness affects the lives f those it touches both directly and indirectly The author skillfully ties the stories to ne another illustrating the many commonalities among the experiences The Secret Child of disparate chronic illnesses The book gives voice to those who society tends to silence Tooften the sick are seen and not heard Listen Their songs are soft but steady Hear the sound Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook of steel the uiet toughness at the core There were a few things that surprised me and at times somewhat disturbed me about Cohen s approach Hepenly brings in his wn pinions and expectations f how the participants should behave including uestioning Buzz s decision to accept his ncologist s recommendations rather than seeking additional information r ther Death by Inferior Design opinions Initially this struck me as inappropriate but as the book progresses as a reader I become comfortable with it as the purpose seemed to be a deeper explorationf the participant s ideas and behavioursThe author s interviews with people who knew the ill participant initially felt awkward to me as a reader seeming almost a betrayal In particular his attempt to interview Buzz s 9 year ld son accomplished little besides making the child uncomfortable However in checking my wn reaction I recognize that at least to some degree I m projecting because f f my wn illnessA mildly irritating uirk was that the dialogue didn t contain the contractions that would typically be used in casual speech This made the dialogue feel a bit stilted at times which is unfortunate as it seems unlikely that this accurately reflected the uality f speechCohen describes the daily brushes with public ignorance and indifference and the stigma f being sick in a society that worships health brand and define us The weight and pain f the burden this imposed were difficult for the participants to carry Larry likened chronic illness to a battle with two fronts the disease itself and public ignorance Denise s slurred speech led people to ignorantly jump to conclusions such as assuming she d had a stroke A Philosophy of Cinematic Art or was drunk Sarah was uickly identified as abnormal becausef the side effects The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of long term steroids which significantly reshaped her face and body and this took a heavy tolln her self imageI had to smile when Cohen identified How are you as the most insincere uestion that people ask I share the experience that people really do not want to know and inuire under the assumption that no White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs one will be rude enough to actually answer the uestion honestly Another point that strongly resonated with me was Larry s experience thatthers tended to place him into a diagnostic box attributing much f his behaviour to his illness When does the diagnosis stop and the human being regain a sense f control Scab of a life he asksSocial support varied amongst the participants and maintaining relationships could be challenging Denise was divorced and had limited family support She pointedut that she was alone before she was diagnosed and there was no reason for that to change after her diagnosis She In a World Created by a Drunken God observed that a benefitf this was not having to experience guilt Indo No Kao over being a burdenn a spouse The author repeatedly challenged Denise n her choice to be alone which initially struck me as imposing his wn preconceptions His attempts to intercede in Denise s family situations seemed like inappropriate interference even meddling Giant Peach Yodel or a misguided attempt to apply hiswn agenda Yet again I must check myself since like Denise I have chosen to isolate myself because Sinai and Zion of my illnessRoles and identities are a recurring theme across the participants stories Buzz unable to work fell deeply into debt and feared ending up homeless which compromised important role identities he held as a husband and father Ben s parents especially his father struggled with the idea that their son would die before they did Sarah s illness cons. Strong at the Broken Places is the remarkable storyf five rdinary people trapped in the complex world f serious chronic illness In this intimate portrait acclaimed journalist Richa.
Ilently and with stigma I was ften told f my bipolar to just snap ut f it If I could I would have a long time ago and never experience the hellish hail storms Iniquity of negativity thatverpower 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 f ur society and we can learn much from their uiet inner struggles This book was amazing A must read Stop for a moment and consider the likely fact that you know someone living with chronic disease It is increasingly prevalent And they may r may not have told you because such diseases are ften stigmatisedRichard M Cohen collates five searing accounts Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) of chronic disease As a person with Multiple Sclerosis he explores the livesf Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook 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 Tooften we choose not to see the daily pain and extraordinary lives f those around us many f whom are living with chronic diseaseStrong at the Broken Places Voices Livin' de Life of Illness a Chorusf Hope is an attempt to break through the stigma and a good The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter one As Cohen writes do not turn away The book chronicles the livesf Five citizens living with various disabilities and although each wreaks havoc Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki on them in different ways they share similarities in courage self determination and public ignorance Each story tellsf the person finding hope and strength under the most difficult Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of circumstances and how we as able bodied people should strive to be like them Each story is inspirational and revealing and show how eachne is determined to live a good life The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta on theirwn terms Richard Cohen is the wife f 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 n 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 kill them to break them so f course it kills them The world breaks every ne and afterward many are strong at the broken places But those that will not break it kills It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially If you are none f these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry Hemingway 1929 p 267I am not uite sure why Cohen chose the abbreviated version f 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 ur friend In the end no matter who surrounds us we travel alone Our friends and loved nes are there providing an infrastructure Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of love and support But courage must be drawn from within emphasis added Let the world see us as we seeurselves and have the faith to permit us to do it Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars our way Cohen 2008 p xxThis text provides an intriguing portraitf the lived experience The Witches Ball 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 portraitf the subjective battle waged by people with chronic illnesses Without 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 Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book of dying was beginning to clarify how she wanted to live whereas Larrypines when does the diagnosis stop and the human being regain a sense f control f a life Cohen 2008 p 30 and p 352 Ultimately this book is about the subjective experience f those with chronic disabilities and their authentic reaction to finding the courage and hope in difficult circumstances It shows the importance f the human dimension as The Deadline opposed to the merely medical The strength and couragef 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 f unintended hardships the human 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. At not nly does the public want to hear from people who Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling overcome the challengesf illness but that in the isolated world f illness there are people who want their voices to be heard.