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Learning Sickness: A Year With Crohn's Disease (Capital Discovery) [Paperback]

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There are many books about illness, but very few writers convey the courage and hope of battling a chronic illness as eloquently as Jim Lang. "Learning Sickness" is the compelling narrative of Jim's battle with Crohn's Disease. Diagnosed at the age of 26, Jim spent the next five years coming to terms with how to live with a chronic illness. During that time he fathered two children, earned a Ph.D., accepted his first teaching position, and launched a writing career. Jim Lang provides an absolutely unflinching look at the way the disease can penetrate into every aspect of a person's life: physical, emotional, and spiritual. He tackles the most sensitive areas of the disease with grace and skill, and wraps it all into a gripping narrative of illness and recovery that demonstrates how suffering can produce a special kind of wisdom. This book will help millions of Americans, and countless others around the globe, understand they do not suffer alone, and it will provide friends, families, and colleagues of sufferers with their first real glimpse into the toll the disease can take on their lives.

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Pages   187
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 20, 2005
Publisher   Capital Books (VA)
ISBN  1933102012  
ISBN13  9781933102016  

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Very Disappointing  Apr 15, 2006
I purchased this book after reading a blurb in the local paper about the author speaking at Barnes & Noble. I was unable to attend but ordered it through this site. The book sounded like a helpful way to share what a Crohn's patient feels with my spouse/family. As it turns out, the author suffers from Crohn's of the colon only and does not experience the daily pain that 80% of patients do. The major issue for me wasn't even covered! The second problem I had with it was, no offence, it was written from a very male point of view. As a woman, ego & ability to deal with emotional issues are not experienced in the same way as an alpha male type. I think he just needed a Xanax! He does offer an entire chapter about the importance of being your own patient advocate & I think that's definitely an important point to cover when dealing with any chronic medical condition.
Sorry to disagree...  Aug 10, 2005
As a person who has struggled with Crohn's disease for years- I had hoped this book would offer some useful information. Instead, after buying it out of my now very meager income- I got to read some guy's diary about how he felt. It was not useful to me at all- except that it will hold the front door open to let the fresh air in. If you have Crohn's disease or suspect it- I beg you to read Jill Sklar's book or 'Straight from the gut'- both are available on this site and both are very, very helpful.
A must read for friends and family members of IBD sufferers  Jan 27, 2005
For years, myself, my friends, and my family have struggled with feeling helpless as my physical and mental health fluctuate due to the unpredictable nature of IBD. Jim's book offers the heartfelt insights about coping with chronic disease that I have been either too tired or too afraid to admit to even my closest companions. While this book offers an honest voice I can commiserate with, it is a much needed resource for anyone who wants to understand what it means to be sick with IBD. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for both the sufferer and those who want to learn more.
This Crohns patient liked it!  Nov 21, 2004
As a 30-year-old who had Crohns for the past 6 years, I was interested in this book. It was well written and sweet. I often had the same feelings the author had about taking the darn pills every day and always feeling sick.
I also liked how he sat in church and prayed to feel better. I also went thru the, "Mad at God" stage b/c I was so sick and blamed him for my illness. It was nice to know that others feel the same way sometimes, and it helped ease a little of my guilt.
Great book for a Crohns or UC patient...or their family and friends... :)
An eloquent, down-to-earth chronicle of chronic illness  May 18, 2004
I picked up this book simply because I wanted to read a good memoir. Little did I know what else it would give me. Just a week after I ordered an advance copy of the book online, my 44 year old brother died as a result of complications from ulcerative colitis, a disease that I later learned is very similar to Crohn's disease. Reading Jim's book was an important part of my grieving process; his narrative gave me insight into the everyday experiences my brother must have had with his own health -- and I gained new respect for his struggle.

Jim Lang has written an eloquent, piercing, yet down-to-earth chronicle of life with Crohn's disease. This book is the best kind of creative non-fiction: a memoir that tells the truth in a self-reflective but non-detached way. I highly recommend this book not only to those with connections to Crohn's, but to anyone seeking to understand the depth of human experience through memoir.


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