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Chronically ill people don’t always talk about it. Until now.

Spanning different ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and diagnoses, forty-two authors from around the world open up in fifty true stories about their chronic illnesses and their search for answers, poor treatment by doctors, strained relationships with loved ones, self-doubt, and more. They share t
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 19th 2020 by Three Barrel Bluff
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Lil Hamilton
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the book for you if you have a chronic illness. This is the book for your loved ones. Your medical professions. This is the book for everyone. To get it. Finally, Get It.

Because this is a collection of essays on the chronic illness you get a broader view of the chronic illness experience from a variety of perspectives. In many ways, we have the same story. Guilt, self-blame, denial, fear, acceptance, stigma… but each disease comes with its own nuances and challenges. It reminds me of a q
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Laura Doherty
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the greatest things about reviewing things for this blog is when I get the opportunity to support another chronic illness warrior. Even as I change my focus to writing more about sustainability and environmental issues I will always take time to support the spoonie community.

So I was delighted to get the chance to review The Things We Don’t Say an anthology that has been compiled and edited by Julie Morgenlender.


The thing that shone through each of the contributions within the book is th
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Maura Albert
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book which gives unheard individuals with chronic illnesses the chance to speak up for themselves. Julie Morgenlender in her anthology The Things We Don't Say
An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths bravely opens up a rarely visited literary frontier written by different people all over the English speaking world who live there every day. This is a very personal book, complete with headshots, which make one feel as if one were meeting these varied individuals and hearing their life stori
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Wendy Kennar
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer - A personal essay I wrote is included in this anthology.

Wow! What a collection of essays. Raw, honest, real, emotional. I was truly surprised to find myself identifying with so many of the authors. Our chronic illnesses may differ, but the emotions, the fear, the frustration - we all have that in common.
Jane Lesley
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with chronic illness and people supporting or treating those with chronic illness
The Things We Don't Say are now being said and are life-changing for those us who have waited to hear our voices honored in print. This beautifully-produced book does for people with chronic illness what 'Our Bodies Ourselves' did for women's health. Julie Morgenlender has curated the contributions so carefully that it's possible for all of us to find a truth in these pages. The book will empower, validate, and educate. ...more
D. George
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you have chronic illness, reading this anthology will make you feel seen and no longer alone. If you have a friend or loved one with chronic illness, reading these essays will help you clearly understand what they are going thru and how hard it is, especially if they don’t talk to you much about their conditions. If you are a health care provider, reading these essays will help you gain empathy for your patients and perhaps teach you some things as well.

This anthology has 50 essays by 42 auth
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Brad McKenna
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Carol Lynn
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Julie Morgenlender’s book, “The Things We Don’t Say”. Truly a tale of many heroes. The title and cover are perfect! Even though many of the stories are hard, they awaken your senses—your sense of compassion, empathy, understanding, and gratitude.
Thank you for your monumental efforts to get this book out into the world.
Heron
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Full discourse: I'm in this book!

But honestly, the collection is such a spectacular, honest, diverse look at not only how chronic illness shapes our lives, but also how *thoroughly* it shapes our lives.

Please read this book.
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R.L. Bartlett
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful

A wonderful insight into the life of a chronically ill person. I’m so glad I got a chance to be a part of the making of this anthology.
Charity Cole
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good read. It covers a variety of illnesses but many of them are chronic illnesses dealing with pain.

Truth—I wrote an essay in this book but mine does not deal with physical pain
K.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend even for those with chronic pain. Everyone should read this. Great insights.
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Julie is the editor of The Things We Don’t Say: An Anthology of Chronic Illness Truths, a nonfiction anthology about living with chronic illness.

Chronically ill people don’t always talk about it. Until now.

Spanning different ages, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and diagnoses, forty-two authors from around the world open up in fifty true stories about their chronic illnesses and their s
...more

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