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He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not

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Chiari.

It’s a strange little word about to change Nick and Brenna St. James’ world forever.

Brenna was raised to believe love conquers all. Losing piece after piece of herself causes her to waver in her beliefs. Insecurities abound and she can’t stop wondering if Nick can love the person she is now. Is it fair to ask him to?

Nick wants a do over. To go back to a time be
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Renee Dyer I'm so sorry your grandson is going through life with Chiari. It's hard enough as an adult to live with and it breaks my heart when I hear that little…moreI'm so sorry your grandson is going through life with Chiari. It's hard enough as an adult to live with and it breaks my heart when I hear that little ones have it. I will keep him in my prayers.(less)

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Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****



Chiari Malformation: it's a term I'd never heard of and now is one I won't forget. This book is one of those that changed my outlook on life.



I picked this book up on a whim. The synopsis appealed to me and it's been incredibly enlightening about chronic illness, those who suffer and those who bear witness. 



Told from dual points of view: Brenna, the sufferer, and her husband, the witness. The narration from both points of view really made this book hit home. It lays out
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Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
This book was very difficult to read, not because I didn’t like it, but because the subject matter is not an easy one.

Taken from her own personal experience, Renee has given us the story of a life threatening illness and one woman’s struggle to keep going despite the hardships this brings to her life.

The book is about Brenna, a very happy and confident woman who loves life and isn’t afraid of anything. The story follows Brenna from the moment she meets her husband, Nick, until the moment she fin
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Chasity
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book hit so very close to home for me, as another Chiari sufferer. While our stories are so different, I could relate so very much! Very moving!!!
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
WOW this is a challenging , super emotional read , for many reasons. Having said that it is also a wonderful read if you are able to handle reading about sickness. Normally I would avoid a book knowing the majority of it would be about a struggle with a condition as frustrating and horrific as Chiari can be BUT knowing this author and knowing her struggle with this condition I had to open up and allow myself to learn as much as I could about this condition. Anytime an author can tell a story , m ...more
Kathy Coopmans
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Renee Dyer is a one-click Author for me. This book is up there with one of the most touching and real love stories I have read.
This book is about a woman who struggles with Chiari. It's about a love so strong that you wish for this love yourself. This Author put her soul into this book because it is her soul, it is her life.
I applaud Renee for allowing us to walk in her shoes, to feel her pain, her joy, her love. To me, it takes a strong person to share with the world an experience that rocks yo
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LaDonna
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I have read a lot of books this year - well over 100. I have read a lot of great books this year - I immediately thought of at least 20 as I wrote that. This book goes in a category of its own. I want to buy this book for everyone close to me and tell them it is required reading. I think I have actually convinced my husband to use a Kindle for the first time because he realizes it is that important to me that he reads it. Then I want to give copies to all of my friends struggling with chronic il
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Candy
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had to sit on my thoughts for He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not for a few days now. There’s something so indescribable that I felt as I turned that last page. Renee Dyer has created a heartbreakingly real, gut-wrenching, emotional story about a couple whose vows are tested in the hardest of ways. I can guarantee that this story is not your everyday contemporary romance, but if you’re willing to take a chance on a novel that so vividly has the author’s emotions bleeding onto the pages, yo ...more
Becca
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars - He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not is completely outside the realm of your typical romance. There is nothing about this story that has been romanticized or airbrushed to fit the fairytale. This journey has not been written to make the reader swoon, but it has been written to make the reader feel deeply and irrevocably. This book is real and raw and heartbreakingly honest. As the title suggests, Renee Dyer explores the true strength of Brenna and Nick’s marriage vows as her sudden d ...more
Christina Rhoads
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not took me on quite the emotional journey. When Brenna St. James is diagnosed with Chiari Malformation her life. and that of her loving husband, Nick, get flipped upside down. As they learn how to live with this debilitating illness and face many complications, both physically and emotionally, you wonder how this couple could possibly overcome all they face. This is a story of fighting your body, overcoming fear, forgiveness and for me, HOPE. A story of how the ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have stated for the record, on more than one occasion, the fact that 5 Stars seems like a low rating for an EPIC book. It's never been more apparent than in the case of He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, as 5 Stars will never be enough for this powerful and profound story!

Brenna is a happy, strong, confident woman who loves with all she has, and isn't afraid of anything. The story follows her journey of life, from the moment she meets her husband, the moment she's diagnosed with chiari, an
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Kathy
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Courageous and Poignant Stars

Fighting a courageous battle against a disease that has no cure, is debilitating, is all in your head and extremely hard to diagnose is what Renee brings to us in He Loves Me Healthy, He Love Me Not. Knowing that proceeds are going to help find a cure for Chiari is amazing!

Breena and Nick St. James have it all until one day, the day that forever will change them. The day Brenna is diagnosed the Chiari Malformation. It changes everything. She takes us on a personal
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Mary Wasowski
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What is Chiari? If you would have asked me this question before I read this book, I would have probably said it sounds like a beautiful girl’s name. I had never heard of Chiari until I began reading “He Loves me Healthy, He loves me Not” It took me six days to read this book, six days of hundreds of emotions I felt with every page turned. The condition depicted in this book is very real, and it something that is rare and unknown to many.
In this story, we meet Brenna and Nick. Their lives are tur
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Annie
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was choosing the books I wanted to review for the month of August, I didn't realize exactly what this book was about. I knew that I wanted to check out this author, so I just signed up without reading the blurb. It wasn't until I started reading it that I realized that this book takes you through a couple's journey through what I now understand is a horrible condition...Chiari. I had to immediately google it before continuing to read.

I can't quite explain it, but it was like I could fell
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Talkbooks
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
~~*:Reviewed by Mindy:*~~

He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not was such a heart wrenching and eye opening story. This story completely makes you step back and look around at your life.

Sometimes we may feel down and out, feel as though times are tough. But when you read this book you come to realize that life isn’t really so bad sometimes. No matter what, there are always people out there that are going through something worse. We go through things in life at one point or another that beat us down
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Mindy Guerreiros
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not was such a heart wrenching and eye opening story. This story completely makes you step back and look around at your life.

Sometimes we may feel down and out, feel as though times are tough. But when you read this book you come to realize that life isn’t really so bad sometimes. No matter what, there are always people out there that are going through something worse. We go through things in life at one point or another that beat us down and we feel as though t
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Mary
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: renee-dyer
First let me say MUST READ. I purchased this book in support of a "Friend". A friend that I have met on the internet, a friend that has kept me coming back for her books. A friend that I found out is living with the battle of Chiari. The proceeds went to Chiari Research. I say friend, because, even though we don't speak every day she feels like one. I put off reading the book because I knew I was going to feel some of the Emotional pain that the characters in this book feels. These characters ar ...more
Wendy
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book was so touching to read. Taken from real life experiences that the author has had, this is a story about a couple dealing with an illness and trying to overcome it. I have not heard of Chiari before I read this book. This was a learning experience as well as a heartbreakingly great story. Reading about Brenna’s suffering both physically and emotionally was really hard. I was hurting for her. But I love her strength and determination to get past this. She wasn’t gonna let it b
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Erika
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is hard to put into words how I felt reading this tender and brave book! Facing any challenging medical condition in life can be draining and depressing. Renee Dyer showed us that as long as you have loving support, dealing in this case with a very serious brain condition that reqired mulitple surgeries, you can get through anything. As a writer, Renee Dyer is really something. I felt truly connected to the main character going through Chiari, Brenna. Each and every small nuance about how her ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love mean being their unconditionally. Loves means hurting when the person you love hurts. Love means feeling their fears and crying when they cry. Most of all love is being brave when the person you love needs you to be brave for them.
That is what this amazing story is about, love, strength, and Bravery. Renee gives us a story that is not only filled with the passion of unyielding love but a story that will teach you and inform you of something that is rarely heard about, Chiari. Chiari i
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Annamaria
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Emotional Stars! This is Brenna and Nick's story as she is going through her daily struggles with Chiari and the challenges it brings. Chiari is a serious brain disease and it causes struggles with your activities of daily living but also puts a strain on your personal life. As a person living with Multiple Sclerosis reading this book most definitely hit home, I go through struggles with my ADL's as well as personal struggles daily. Nick and Brenna share so much love with one another and sh ...more
Sharon Obelenus Holland
For those who think Chiari is fake...This is your eye opener!!!

5 stars are not enough for this book. I want to thank this author for her writing about this. If you know me, I read a book in less than 2 days. This one I couldn't. With reading this story, I relived the past 6 years of my life. The heartbreak, fear and happiness that people dealing with Chiari go through. To top it all off, most doctors have NO CLUE what this is and most feel you are faking it all.

Like I said my story started 6 ye
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Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I was given a copy by the auhtor in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not sure if I can give this book the justice it deserves. It was such an emotional and powerful story I had to stop a few times just to take it all in and be able to prepare myself to finishing reading. The author had such a way of writing that you could feel the pain and despair these characters were feeling. Nick was such an amazing guy, he stood by Brenna through out the whole book, even when she was not very nice, he stood
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Lana

I read this book last week and fell in love with the writing, the characters, the story. After I finished it, I found out that someone I had known slightly through Facebook had died in her sleep, more than likely from complications of Chiari. It brought the message of how devastating this condition can possibly be and the effects it has on both parts of the couple. This is no condition to take lightly.

I thought the depiction of a couple in crisis was well--written. The resolution was left open-e
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Amazeballs Book Addicts
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a great heart felt touching story. Breena and Nick are amazing couple who have a lot of things tested when Breena is becomes sick. Breena is diagnosed with Chiara. I learned a lot about Chiara reading this story and it did make me want to learn more about it.

Breena and Nick goes through a lot of ups and downs. Many of us take the vows "in sickness and in health" during our weddings. What happens when that vow is put to the test? Breena and Nick find out. It's a emotional read. Bree
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Danielle
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in a long time. As a fellow Chiari warrior I had high hopes and Mrs Dyer exceeded them. She had me crying before Brenna was even out of the hospital. I relived every emotion I felt from when I was diagnosed up to leaving my daughter with family the night before my surgery. It was like she reached into my head and expressed what I couldn't at the time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows someone with Chiari, it may help you understand the daily struggl ...more
Sarah Nickles
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is absolutely touching. Renee has gone a step above creating a beautiful story. She has shared a piece of her life with all of us that would be hard for others to do.

He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, is a story of Brenna's struggle with a life threatening illness called Chiari and her determination to fight to overcome this illness

Renee takes us on Brenna's emotional journey. As you read you can feel Brenna's fear of not knowing what is going to happen. Renee expressed the uncondi
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Kiki Sidira
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am lucky to say that I know Renee through Facebook. she has talked a couple of times about Chiari openly, but I never imagined how difficult it really was. this may be a book that is categorised as fiction, but the struggle and pain behind it is real. Strength and love is never ending in the book. It's one book that makes you think over life and stop complaining about the things you don't have. You learn to appreciate what you do have. Reading it is a one in a lifetime experience, when I know ...more
Sarah Nickles
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is absolutely touching. Renee has gone a step above creating a beautiful story. She has shared a piece of her life with all of us that would be hard for others to do.

He Loves Me Healthy, He Loves Me Not, is a story of Brenna's struggle with a life threatening illness called Chiari and her determination to fight to overcome this illness

Renee takes us on Brenna's emotional journey. As you read you can feel Brenna's fear of not knowing what is going to happen. Renee expressed the uncondi
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Maari
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy book, but a necessary one
This book touched me as few have.. I felt as if I was sitting down with a close friend as she was sharing her story, struggles, and experiences. Very moving book! Beautiful in it's entirety and full of love. Amazing job, Renee! This book will stay with me and I will keep you in my prayers!! I highly recommend this to everyone!
I was gifted an ARC of this ebook from We Stole Your Book Boyfriend on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions
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Stephanie Daigle
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
what a wonderful story! Love how this book does the point of view from the wife and husbands sides. This story is about how a family has to deal with chiari. Its a struggle to be dealt these cards but the wife Brenna is the strongest person I know. went through 3 surgeries still have pain from time to time some days weak pain other days hard to handle but Brenna handles. I've cried and I laughed. I highly recommend this book. It is based on true events.
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