"Eloquent and funny. If you’ve experienced chronic illness, or if you care for someone who has, you need to read this book."—Amy Tenderich, coauthor of Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes“Chronic illness needn’t change your life for the worse if you let Laurie be your guide to everything from doctors to dating to why we sweat the small stuff (because sometimes that’s all we feel we can control). Laurie Edwards is a compassionate confidante, an understanding friend, and a witty chronicler of all things chronic illness, even the not-so-pretty parts. Bravo!”—Susan Milstrey Wells, author of A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness“As a person living with a chronic illness, it is inspiring to hear such a fresh and important voice. Laurie Edwards puts adversity in its place and teaches us to not only go on living, but to create a better life. High five, sister!”—Kris Carr, author of Crazy, Sexy, Cancer“For those young people suffering from chronic illness, Life Disrupted offers strategy, advice, and hope. For those of us lucky enough to grow up without illness, it tells us how to be respectfully helpful to friends, family, and colleagues in this situation. Superb and engaging writing.”—Paul F. Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston and founder of the Running A Hospital Blog“A wise and valuable addition to the literature on chronic illness, illuminating with verve and wit the particular struggles faced by young adults. Ms. Edwards is a delightful and seasoned guide. She knows what the issues are, how to decipher them, and how to live a rich life while shuttling between hospitals and high heels.”—Dorothy Wall, author of Encounters with the Invisible: Unseen Illness, Controversy, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome“Laurie Edwards is a generous writer who describes with grace and clarity how she has learned to live with multiple chronic conditions. This book is a gift to young people who are navigating chronic illness, school, and their new adulthood all at once.”—Jessie Gruman, author of AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You—Or Someone You Love—a Devastating Diagnosis“Laurie Edwards is a life-enhancing writer. If you’re a person with chronic illness, you should always keep this wonderful book handy.”—Sarah M. Whitman, M.D., psychiatrist specializing in chronic pain management“Laurie Edwards has written a moving and meaningful description of the issues that people face when they live with unpredictable and debilitating disease. Her words reminded me of my own struggles—and her laughter helped me remember the good times, too.”—Rosalind Joffe, author of Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working, Girlfriend! and president of Chronic Illness Coach“Both a practical and a philosophical guide for those navigating this heretofore uncharted territory.”—Lynn Royster, J.D., Ph.D., director of The Chronic Illness Initiative at The School for New Learning at DePaul University“Life Disrupted is moving and often humorous, as Laurie Edwards informs readers about how they can navigate successfully through the medical storms, live well, and maintain fulfilling relationships.”—Douglas Whynott, author of Giant Bluefin and A Country Practice“The time for patient empowerment has come and Laurie Edwards’ voice is leading the way. As a fellow lifelong patient, I appreciate her honesty in disclosing private patient moments which reflect the often unspoken truth of living with chronic illness.”—Tiffany Christensen, author of Sick Girl Speaks!: Lessons and Ponderings Along the Road to Acceptance"Although illness memoirs and recovery books saturate the market, this one makes a contribution to the literature with its voice of a young woman dealing with a lifetime of chronic illness. Edwards, who is 27 and manages bronchiectasis, thyroid disease, and celiac disease, among other conditions, ably describes the realities of people living longer with chronic (often rare) illnesses. She strikes an appropriate tone so that her suffering comes across without becoming the focus. Instead, using her own life story, Edwards shares practical advice about going to college, looking for a job, finding a partner, and deciding whether to have children, all the while juggling demanding health issues. Her comments about the financial aspects of her illness are timely considering the current interest in universal health care. Order this gem pronto to round out your consumer health collections."—Fran Mentch, Library Journal
Laurie Edwards is a health journalist whose essays and articles have been published in the Boston Globe and on several online sites, including ChronicBabe.com. Her blog, was named one of the top ten sites for chronic pain by the Health Central Network. Edwards teaches writing at Northeastern University and lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts. This is her first book.