(E–pub Download) Strong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness A Chorus of Hope

Strong at the Broken Places Voices of Illness A Chorus of Hope


Ade the dialogue feel a bit stilted at times which is nfortunate as it seems The Red Couch unlikely that this accurately reflected theality of speechCohen describes the daily brushes with public ignorance and indifference and the stigma of being sick in a society that worships health brand and define s The weight and pain of 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 ignorance Denise s slurred speech led people to ignorantly jump conclusions such as assuming she d had a stroke or was drunk Sarah was ickly identified as abnormal because of the side effects of long term steroids which significantly reshaped her face and body and this took a heavy toll on her self imageI had to smile when Cohen identified How are you as the most insincere Managing Policy Reform uestion that people ask I share the experience that people really do not want to know and inuirender the assumption that no one will be rude enough to actually answer the estion honestly Another point that strongly resonated with me was Larry s experience that others tended to place him into a diagnostic box attributing much of his behaviour to his illness When does the diagnosis stop and the human being regain a sense of control of a life he asksSocial support varied amongst human being regain a sense of control of a life he asksSocial support varied amongst participants and maintaining relationships could be challenging Denise was divorced and had limited family support She pointed out that she was alone before she was diagnosed and there was no reason for that to change after her diagnosis She observed that a benefit of this was not having to experience guilt over being a burden on a spouse The author repeatedly challenged Denise on her choice to be alone which initially struck me as imposing his own preconceptions His attempts to intercede in Denise s family situations seemed like inappropriate interference even meddling or a misguided attempt to apply his own agenda Yet again I must check myself since like Denise I have chosen to isolate myself because of my illnessRoles and identities are a recurring theme across the participants stories Buzz nable to work fell deeply into debt and feared ending The Dark Son 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 constantly makes me second guess myself andestion who I am Buzz drew heavily on his faith in God to maintain a positive outlook 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 of the patient s mind body and soul Hope was a theme that arose often 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 oxygen for the body The book concludes on a very hopeful note with all of the participants presenting their stories to Harvard Medical School faculty and students Meeting 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 take ownership find a sense of purpose and establish identity As Larry observed We are connected and were strong at the broken places This book is a fascinating journey into the depths of chronic illness and while there are some elements I wish were done differently the message of being strong together at the broken places is certainly a powerful oneFirst published on the blog Mental Health Homehttpsmentalhealthathomewordpress After the acknowledgment section and just prior to the preface Cohen 2008 The Messenger of Magnolia Street 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 thisote 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 of course it kills them The world breaks every one 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 of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry Hemingway 1929 p 267I am not Famous Paintings In Cross Stitch uite sure why Cohen chose the abbreviated version of theote It appears. 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. Must read Beautiful prose about suffering from chronic debilitating illness in world that beauty and health 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 Hands-On Functional Programming in Rust: Build modular and reactive applications with functional programming techniques in Rust 2018 urge to givep They are the best of our society and we can learn much from their iet inner struggles This book was amazing A must read 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 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 nder the most difficult of circumstances and how we as able bodied people should strive to be like them Each story is 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 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 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 nderstand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take The participants are Denise others nderstand the overwhelming toll that chronic illness can take The participants are Denise has has ALS often 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 over a span of not just months but years getting to know them on a far deeper level than simply the words they chose to Newtons Cannon (The Age of Unreason, useThis is not a sanitized at face value look at chronic illness Rather it probes the depths of it encompassing the myriad ways in which chronic illness affects the lives of those it touches both directly and indirectly The author skillfully ties the stories to one another illustrating the many commonalities among the experiences of disparate chronic illnesses The book gives voice to those who society tends to silence Too often the sick are seen and not heard Listen Their songs are soft but steady Hear the sound of steel theiet toughness at the core There were a few things that surprised me and at times somewhat disturbed me about Cohen s approach He openly brings in his own opinions and expectations of how the participants should behave including Bonsái uestioning Buzz s decision to accept his oncologist s recommendations rather than seeking additional information or other 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 exploration of 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 old son accomplished little besides making the childncomfortable However in checking my own reaction I recognize that at least to some degree I m projecting because of of my own illnessA mildly irritating A Want of Kindness uirk was that the dialogue didn t contain the contractions that would typically besed in casual speech This 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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That the actual ote 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 neither is it our friend the end no matter who surrounds s 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 added Let the world see s as love and support But courage must be drawn from within emphasis added Let the world see s as see ourselves and have the faith to permit Hechizos de amor us to do it our way Cohen 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 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 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 ofnintended 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 I enjoyed this but for some reason throughout each one of the five separate profiles in this book the author doesn t se 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 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 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 brother s death Although eight years ago I found Richard M Cohen s BLINDSIDED ite interesting and inspiring I ve noticed that I keep walking by my copy of STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES and NOT picking it Cross My Heart and Hope to Die up I do plan to read it someday but not today or tomorrow or 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 on the someday but not today shelf Stop for a moment and consider the likely fact that you know 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 arounds 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 not turn away This should be on the list of 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 Travels of an Ordinary Man Australia uncomfortable These are the warriors amongs 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 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 our society than can be measured I highly recommend. 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.