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Coping with the fatigue & tiredness
Learn as much as you can about the causes of CFS, the triggers that set it off (stress, poor diet, alcohol, over- or under- exercise), and necessary lifestyle changes you need to make to overcome CFS.
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Coping With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Coping With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Nine Things You Can Do
by Fred Friedberg Ph.D.
Paperback (1995)

Much talked about but little understood, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) lacks a well-defined cause or treatment. Based on up-to-the-minute research findings, Friedberg -- who suffers himself from CFS -- has devised a nine-point plan for taking control of CFS that incorporates a potent link between stress and CFS symptoms.
Few titles provide concrete advice on this syndrome from such a viewpoint: the author is a sufferer plus a psychologist and researcher, and his fifteen years of experience with the syndrome lends to a fine reflection on the latest research and its applications for self-help physical and emotional changes. Midwest Book Review

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired:

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired:
Living With Invisible Chronic Illness
by Paul Donoghue, Mary-Ellen Siegel
Hardcover (1992)

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired:

This book describes the anguish that individuals with invisible chronic illness endure, offers them the means to cope with their illness, and teaches them how to become aware of the attitude they have toward the illness and the way they talk to themselves about it.

Living Successfully With Chronic Illness

A Delicate Balance:
Living Successfully With Chronic Illness
by Susan Milstrey Wells
Hardcover (1998)

The author, Susan Milstrey Wells, 1998
Being sick is hard work!  "A Delicate Balance" examines the experience of living with chronic illness through in-depth, personal interviews with patients, care providers, and family members. Readers will find this book to be a "one-stop-shopping" guide to chronic illness that educates them about everything from securing a diagnosis to seeking reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
"A Delicate Balance" is a must read if you have a chronic illness, love someone who does, or care for these individuals in your medical, social work, or therapeutic practice. You will be amazed at how difficult life with chronic illness can be, and how healthy individuals can become when they find a delicate balance in their lives.

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You Are Not Your Illness:
Seven Principles for Meeting the Challenge
by Linda Topf, Hal Bennett, Bernie Siegel
Paperback (1995)

The author, who has lived with multiple sclerosis most of her adult life, delves deeply into her own experience to reveal the keys to regaining emotional and spiritual wholeness when a serious illness or injury threatens to destroy one's sense of self.

After the Diagnosis:
From Crisis to Personal Renewal for Patients With Chronic Illness
by Joann Lemaistre Phd
Paperback (1995)

The diagnosis of a chronic illness can make you feel isolated, angry, or in a state of crisis.   These are normal - even expected - responses to your situation.    After the Diagnosis guides you through the six stages of emotional reaction to your illness, and brings you to a stage of renewal, where you can live life with passion and style - again.   Six weeks after finishing her training in clinical psychology, JoAnn LeMaistre began losing her vision, balance and coordination. Soon, she could not read or even hold a pencil.   The diagnosis - multiple sclerosis.    Refusing to let MS stop her, she continued working with other chronically ill patients.   In After the Diagnosis, LeMaistre draws on her personal struggle and professional expertise to help chronically ill patients and caregivers learn to understand and cope with their situation...  to be able-hearted when it is no longer possible to be able-bodied.

Good Days, Bad Days: The Self in Chronic Illness and Time
by Kathy Charmaz
Paperback (1993)


Meeting the Challenge: Living With Chronic Illness
by Audrey Kron
Paperback (1996)

A reader, 1997
Book by doctor with Crohn's   Audrey Kron, a psychotherapist with Crohn's, has devoted her career to helping people cope with illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease. This new book is a valuable resource for people with chronic illness. Chapter titles include "Controlling Pain"; "Getting Out of Bed in the Morning"; "Managing a Professional Life"; "Exploring Sexual Matters"; "Therapy: When Is It Appropriate?".

1994 The Complete Directory for People With Chronic Illness
by Leslie MacKenzie, Amy Lignor
Paperback (1994)

From Booklist, 1994
Grey House has produced another useful tool in the disability field, similar to its Complete Directory for People with Disabilities.   The publisher calls this work a comprehensive overview of the support services and information resources available for people diagnosed with a chronic illness.   It is a one-stop source for general information on 82 chronic conditions.   These range from the familiar, such as AIDS, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and tuberculosis, to such conditions as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, and Gaucher's disease. Some disability organizations may argue about the inclusion of blindness and deafness here; however, those who lose hearing or sight because of other medical conditions will appreciate the material.
This is the place to start for general information on chronic illness. While expensive, it contains the kind of information that any public library would use regularly as long as the publisher keeps it up-to-date.
Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved

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