Saturday, June 14, 2008

Book Review: Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey by Tami Brady

Every Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patient has a unique story to tell. In Strategies: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Journey, Tami Brady shares her experiences with these two debilitating illnesses.

I could see a lot of my own experiences in those of Ms. Brady. Like Ms. Brady, my illness made itself apparent after a very stressful period in my life. I also endured the frustration that came from waiting for months for a correct diagnosis. Even after I received that diagnosis, there was very little offered to me in the way of treatment options. As Ms. Brady noted: “No follow up visits. No care regime. The rest was left up to me.” Many patients will see something of themselves in the author’s struggle to adjust to life with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

The book, however, seems a little unbalanced. The first ten chapters chronicle her journey to diagnosis and accepting the limitations that come from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The last four chapters are aimed at specific strategies for living with both conditions. These four chapters are incredibly helpful and well-organized, but they make up a very small portion of the book.

There were also many typographical and grammatical errors throughout the book. These were extremely distracting to me during my reading. I hope that these errors will be corrected in future printings.

I enjoyed reading this book and found it somewhat helpful to my own struggle – both physical and mental – that comes from living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. As Ms. Brady states in the Foreword, “In the end, we are all changed forever. On good days, I believe for the better.”

Buy Strategies:
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Rating: 5/10.

1 comment:

  1. A friend of mine has suffered from Fibromyalgia for years. She definately has a ton of stress, to be sure. I am often amazed that she accomplishes so much with as much (and maybe more) energy she can muster. She runs rings around me sometimes.