An uncommonly intelligent and honest look at how living with a disease can affect every aspect of a person s life.Diabetes is one of the strangest and most insidious of all diseases a diabetic can give the appearance of robust health and often lead a long and active life, but within moments can be catastrophically ill, even dead Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, where over 16 million people have the disease The related statistics are staggering diabetes makes an individual two to four times likely to have heart disease or a stroke and it is the leading cause among adults, of blindness, renal disease, and lower limb amputations Lisa Roney was diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, just before her twelfth birthday Sweet Invisible Body is her candid and exquisitely written account of living with a disease that directly impacts the choices she makes in every aspect of her life every day, from food and exercise to career and family Moreover, and most remarkable, is Roney s willingness to intelligently explore and reveal the usually hidden consequences of living with a disease such as diabetes how it erodes self esteem, induces feelings of vulnerability, influences sexual choices, and leads to a heightened awareness of mortality Full of wisdom, humor, and practical advice, Sweet Invisible Body will be welcomed by diabetics and their friends and families who have never had a spokesperson as articulate, honest, and insightful as Lisa Roney....
|Title||:||Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes|
|Publisher||:||Henry Holt and Co 1st edition August 4, 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||661 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes Reviews
I had the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one, have phone conversations, and exchange emails with the author while I was reading this work. Lisa Roney is a brilliant, delightful, and well-balanced person. She is an extremely successful professional in her field.
Ms. Roney's beautifully written memoir describes all too accurately what it is like to be at once separate from one's chronic illness and yet aware that separating oneself from the disease is impossible. I found the book's reflections on how diabetes affected every aspect of her life to be right on target, and I identified with much of what she said. I love the prose, too, and have recommended the book to friends, healthy and otherwise!
I read this book to try to understand diabetes better, since my step-daughter is diabetic. The good - I love the first part. There were many insights into the emotional side of the disease that I hadn't thought of. They helped me have conversations with my step-daughter that I wouldn't have thought to have. It helped my step-daughter feel heard. The bad - the author felt that her diabetes was the source of her loneliness and troubles with friendships and men. In every way, with every disappointment, diabetes was at fault. For example, the author lot of sex, which she talks about in great detail, but as soon as she gets an STD, it is the fault of diabetes. (I'm not disagreeing with the science, just that it isn't that strange for a person who has a lot of sex to get an STD.) She also described feeling that the loneliness of a diabetic person is more profound than other diseases, handicaps, situations and the like. I agree it is unique, but I don't agree it is worse.
This book was recommended to me by my very good friend who is a Type 1 diabetic. He said he had been trying for years (when first diagnosed 30 something years ago) to find information and resources on the emotional aspect of being a diabetic. He could find all kinds of information on numbers. He said this book was the first book he read that really described the internal feelings, etc. of being a diabetic that he could relate to. I read it and it was EXCELLENT. Using her very descriptive words and analagies - she does such a good job of describing what it is like to be diabetic. In talking about chocolate . . . "... the easy sense of an appreciative universe would gone forever. I would miss that far more than any sweets." In describing the balancing act of eating, exercise, emotions, etc. "Thus I developed my sense of the fine balance between high and low that is of utmost importance, this high-wire act that requires constant tuning and adjustment. ... But it is hypoglycemia that can kill you on any given day when you least expect it and so hangs like a cleaver in your consciousness." She talks about travel and the worry of good care that might not be available. She talks about social aspects. It really helped me, as a non-diabetic, to have more of an understanding of what it is truly like to be diabetic.