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Unexpected Blessings: Finding Hope and Healing in the Face of Illness

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  11 reviews
When Roxanne Black was only fifteen years old, she was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that can attack the vital organs of the body. As a teenager with a frightening and sometimes life-threatening disease, she yearned to connect with others who knew firsthand what she was experiencing. So she started a support group from her hospital room to bring pati ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Avery (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway early this year. There could not have been a more perfect match in a book giveaway at the time since I'd been feeling rather defeated by my own health puzzle and the medical bureacracy maze. Immediately I found solace and a friend in the author's words, so much so that I had read over half of it right away. I did not want the journey to end - so in a very contradictory move - I put the book aside to savor at a later time. Just the other day I picked u ...more
Cat Fletcher
THIS was GREAT. I couldn't put it down. She writes kinda jumping fromhere to there in each chapter but it all comes together so perfectly. It gives a knowledge that the chaos, guilt, shame, pain and embarrassment over everything people with medical issues go through is real and justifies it a bit. It lets us know we are not crazy, its normal to have moments of self pity and in the next moment feel so alive and greatful. If you or anyone you know suffers from a chronic illness of anykind you have ...more
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is an eloquently written and inspiring book. It's honest, open, very human and even humorous at times. I found it uplifting and valuable to be immersed in Roxanne Black's wealth of experience and intimate knowledge of the process of finding hope and healing in the face of illness.
Iona  Stewart
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The author of the book, Roxanne Black, is afflicted with lupus, a serious auto-immune disease. She has spent many hours in dialysis and has undergone two kidney transplants, or rather three; first she received a kidney from her sister, but when this ceased to function she received two tiny kidneys from an 8-month old baby,

Though having to endure much suffering, Roxanne leant how to deal with it by devoting her life to helping others. She founded something called "Friends' Health Connection", thr
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chronic illness or pain patients
I really enjoyed this book -- it was not only inspirational, but also renewed my hope. It featured stories from the author's life, as well as her interactions with other patients. There are patients the author met in the hospital as well as people like Christopher Reeve and Deepak Chopra. It was an encouraging read, moving quickly from story to story; I didn't want it to end. One book I will definitely be rereading.
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book was a really good read. Talks not only about herself but yet others that she has met over her years of being in treatment. The ups and downs of everyday living. The funny stories and then, not so funny stories. How Roxanne's mother was her "ROCK"! Now she has her own family, whom she is their "ROCK".
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book. She's a great writer and her story is engaging. Struggling with a long-term, chronic illness, she manages to maintain a wonderful attitude. A great read for anyone dealing with chronic illness.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, maybe this book came at the right time in my life, but holy cow it touched me in such an intense way. Beautiful stories of kindness and appreciation of life that we can all use. Healthy or not, it is a book for all.
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Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A memoir by a brave, wise, and lovely young woman it has been my good fortune to know.
Oct 15, 2008 added it
I reviewed it for the Star-Ledger. It's both a memoir about living with illness and a primer on community activism
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