Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoit, and I recently started reading it.
I'm half way through and I am finding it very interesting and potentially helpful to someone who has an illness or wants to support someone who does. Some of my favorite quotes so far:
"The battle to control our heads is every bit as important as combating the attacks on our bodies." - I'm a big fan of cognitive behavior modification so this really resonates. Our thoughts truly can drive our feelings and actions.
"Adjust, after the fact. Do not simply react to possibility." - or as my Mother used to say, don't create mountains out of molehills.
Seven years ago I had a serious illness that could have become a chronic
and limiting one. Fortunately I fully recovered but at the time I
spent a lot of time wondering how one adjusts and lives a full and happy
life with such severe physical limitations. Millions do but I couldn't
find any resources to help me.
I wish I'd had this book! I'm hoping the rest of the book is as good as the first part. So far I highly recommend reading it.
Please note though that this is an intensely personal book/memoir about one person's experience living with a progressive illness.
Update: I just finished this book and still think it is an interesting read. He does spend a lot of time talking about his denial, anger, unwillingness to do what is needed (e.g. use a can earlier in his illness) and keeping his illness secret from most people for a long time which led to interesting assumptions by others to explain his behavior! It is an intensely personal book and I think it does have valuable insights for others.