The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness
In her harrowing, defiant, and unforgettable memoir, Sarah Ramey recounts the decade-long saga of how a seemingly minor illness in her ...more
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"We are women with mysterious illnesses, and we are everywhere".
As a person that has multiple chronic illnesses, I knew I had to read this book. When I was 17, I went to my GP and gave her a list of my symptoms and asked her if I could have endometriosis. She said I was too young but sent me for more testing. Over the next 7 years I was passed round many different specialists and doctors, at one point being told I had a brain tumour...only for a month later being told that I actually ...more
Sexist doctor: *kingly flourish* I diagnose you with... HYSTERIA
S.D.: I'll refer you to a proctologist to have that uterus checked out.
S.D.: Try not to cry your womanly tears all over the floor on the way out.
Ramey has suffered for many years from a mysterious illness, and she identifies her crowd of women with mysterious illnesses as WOMIs, a term that pops up frequently in the book. Along with Ramey's recollections of the pain she's been through, she also describes the epidemic of WOMIdom that is rampant in society, complete with levels 1-5. Ramey's strong grasp of medicine and research underlies her writing, and her exploration of the techniques that ...more
As a WOMI, this book was intriguing to me. The author's experience of trying to find the correct diagnosis and answers must have been incredibly frustrating. The fact that doctors and specialists don't know or understand what is going on is very relatable.
How many different ways have you thought, spoken, or applied these words to someone else? How often have they assaulted your own ears? Tormented you in private? Cropped up again and again throughout your life to spiral you into frustration then into disappointment in seconds?
How many times have you heard them launch from the mouths of the people you love, the strangers you've only just met, the doctors who have no definitive answers, no diagnoses as of yet, or the ...more
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The structure, while paging through the book, may look ...more
This book really resonated with me. Two years ago I developed a mysterious illness that caused me to be in pain whenever I would eat. I've been given a couple of diagnoses that are mentioned in the book (IBS, SIBO), but no one has ever been able to tell my why I got sick or how I can get better. I've seen a lot of doctors, tried a lot medications, and cut out a lot of foods I loved, and all I can say is that two years ...more
Through the authors journey, we learn about many new topics in medical conversations, such as the gut microbiome and cortisol levels. We also learn more about humanity, sexism, and womanhood.
This story is not for the faint of heart. There are painful medical conditions and procedures described, and ...more
While it is devastating to read about Sarah's experience - I cannot even imagine the pain she has experienced in her ...more
Ramey recalls her painful personal story in a kindly and precautionary way before going into what had been done to resolve it, as well as similar stories from other women. She's an awesome, witty woman whose mysterious, loosely autoimmune case has been sifted through the hands of a doctor to a specialists, back and forth, over and over again. However, the frequent blippets of monologue ...more