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What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt

What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt

The riveting account of a young journalist’s awakening to chronic illness, weaving together personal story and reporting to shed light on living with an ailment forever.

Tessa Miller was an ambitious twentysomething writer in New York City when, on a random fall day, her stomach began to seize up. At first, she toughed it out through searing pain, taking sick days from work, unable to leave the bathroom or her bed. But when it became undeniable that something was seriously wrong, Miller gave in to family pressure and went to the hospital—beginning a yearslong nightmare of procedures, misdiagnoses, and life-threatening infections. Once she was finally correctly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, Miller faced another battle: accepting that she will never get better.

Today, an astonishing three in five adults in the United States suffer from a chronic disease—a percentage expected to rise post-Covid. Whether the illness is arthritis, asthma, Crohn's, diabetes, endometriosis, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, or any other incurable illness, and whether the sufferer is a colleague, a loved one, or you, these diseases have an impact on just about every one of us. Yet there remains an air of shame and isolation about the topic of chronic sickness. Millions must endure these disorders not only physically but also emotionally, balancing the stress of relationships and work amid the ever-present threat of health complications.

Miller segues seamlessly from her dramatic personal experiences into a frank look at the cultural realities (medical, occupational, social) inherent in receiving a lifetime diagnosis. She offers hard-earned wisdom, solidarity, and an ultimately surprising promise of joy for those trying to make sense of it all.

Titulo:What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt
Idioma de edición:English
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Acerca de Tessa Miller

Tessa Miller is a Brooklyn-based health and science journalist. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Self, Vice, and Medium, among others. She was a senior editor at Lifehacker and the Daily Beast. What Doesn’t Kill You is her first book.

    What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt Comentarios

  • Mischenko

    Tessa Miller has written the perfect memoir on chronic disease—one that not only covers her personal story, but one that’s chock-full of research regarding problems with the American medical syste...

  • Nursebookie

    This book was amazing and riveting. Tessa Miller is an amazing writer that drew me in to her story and the difficulties of her condition and the struggle to find the right diagnosis. Three in five adu...

  • Cari

    I get to be the first review for this amazing book? Awesome!!This is an absolutely necessary book for public library collections - not only does Tessa Miller share her personal story here, she also pr...

  • Morgan

    As a Crohn's patient I was especially grateful to Netgalley for sending me this ARC. All opinions represented here are my own and unbiased.I found this book to be an excellent hybrid of memoir and adv...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 Crohn's disease IBD, both I've heard of but this is the first time I've read about these very serious issues. In a honest, no hold barred way, the author portrays just how devastating these condit...

  • Tina

    WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt by Tessa Miller is a really great memoir! Tessa shares her experiences living with Chrohn’s disease. She’s very...

  • Teresa

    I was asked to read several ARC's to provide feedback for a local book festival. I probably never would have selected this book to read otherwise, but I'm so glad this story found me. What makes this ...

  • Sarah

    I appreciate the author sharing her struggles with Crohn’s disease, which is widely unknown or misunderstood. The book is hitting too close to home for me to read right now, though. I’ll try again...

  • Donna Hines

    A wonderful illustration of not only the decrepit health care system but also the years long suffering of many women in today's world due to chronic illness.In this case she's a young woman, a journal...

  • Grace

    "What Doesn't Kill You" is a fiercely honest and brilliantly researched memoir detailing journalist Tessa Miller's body, mind, and heart-wrenching experience being diagnosed with a Crohn's disease in ...

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