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Introduction to SICK & TIRED
Author Kimberly Rae has a personable, down-to-earth, at times whimsical and funny, at times emotional and heart-rending, style of writing.
You are going to love reading SICK & TIRED. From the first words, I was nodding my head. Kimberly is one of us. She is a sickie, a spoonie, a daily warrior, a Christ-follower, a real live person battling often invisible symptoms of chronic illness.
Yep. We get it. If you are doing this study with us, you likely either have a chronic illness yourself, or you are close to someone who lives with chronic illness. Get ready for encouragement as you read SICK & TIRED. Get ready to laugh, and at times, to get a little teary-eyed.
Here are some of her own words from the the Introduction.
See if you identify:
“Sometimes I want to slap a sticky note on my forehead that says, ‘I am sick. No, I don’t look sick at this moment. But I am not faking having a disease just because I’m not in a wheelchair, and I am not a freak.’ “
“Nobody wants to have a condition that affects their social outings, work choices, family life, and just general day-to-day stuff.”
“For those of us with chronic illness, we’ve had to give up some or all of those freedoms. And they probably didn’t seem like freedoms at the time. We likely took them for granted until our bodies took them from us. Now here we are, active brains inside limited, broken bodies. But as technology has yet to create a way to get an entire body transplant, we’re stuck with it.”
To make reading easier, kindly refer to the question number when commenting.
1. When someone says, “But you don’t look sick!”, what is your initial gut response? How do you actually respond, and why do you respond this way?
2. Do you find it hard to make plausible excuses when you have to cancel an event or appointment? How do you usually handle cancellations due to your chronic illness?
3. What freedoms have you given up due to chronic illness? Have you taken those freedoms for granted in the past? Do you fear future loss of freedoms?