You Don't Look Sick!

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You Don't Look Sick!

Living Well With Chronic Invisible Illness

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You DonÌt Look Sick chronicles one personÌs true-life story of illness and her physicians compassionate commentary as they journey through the four stages of chronic illnessÛGetting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance and Living Well. The authors address such practical aspects as hiring a doctor, managing chronic pain, coping with grief and loss of function, winning battles with health and disability insurers, countering the social bias against the chronically ill, and recognizing the limitations of chronic illness care and charting a path for change and more. This warmhearted resource helps you focus on building a meaningful life as opposed to a life of frustration and fear.

This book is thoroughly revised and updated based upon feedback from readers of the first edition. The authors have added a new section on Grief and Acceptance, address the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act and Dr. Overman has added practical travel tips that bring organization and focus to each phase of the journey. Designed for people at all stages of the chronic illness journey, this book is also illuminating for caregivers and loved ones.


Product Details

  • Publication Date December 17, 2012
  • Page Count 200
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936303427

About The Author(s)

Joy Selak

Joy H. Selak has lived with chronic autoimmune, musculoskeletal, and neurological conditions since the late 1980s. Joy is the current board president of ZACH Theatre, the premier professional theatre in Austin, Texas. She is also involved in ZACH’s education programs and serves on MindPOP, an organization dedicated to providing all Austin schoolchildren with an arts rich education. She is married and her very blended family includes six grown children and ten grandchildren, so far.

Steven Overman MD

Steven S. Overman, MD, is a founding member of The Seattle Arthritis Clinic. He is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division Chief of Rheumatology and recent Director of Musculoskeletal Planning at University of Washington Northwest Hospital. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and has an MPH degree, was medical director of a Medicare health plan, is board certified in quality assurance and has been active in the American College of Rheumatology. He loves traveling and outdoor activities with his wife and three adult sons.

Table of Contents

"Phase 1: Getting Sick
Snake in the Mist
Three Strikes
Pills, Procedures and Paperwork
Dr. Overman on Getting Sick: The Stuck Car
Phase II: Being Sick
Disabled Bit Not Invalid
The Ladies Who Lunch
Dr. Overman on Being Sick: The Athlete and the Coach
Phase III: Grief and Acceptance
I Cry
Still Time
A Gift of Grace
Dr. Overman on Grief and Acceptance: The Waves of Loss
Phase IV: Living Well
Joy's Top Ten List for Living Well, Even While Sick
Stepping Out of the Box
Natural High
Dr. Overman on Living Well: Weaving the Web of Wellness
Chronic Illness Care: In the Eye of the Storm by Robert Crittenden, MD"

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