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When Force Meets Fate: A Mission to Solve an Invisible Illness

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A healthy young man survives a fatal car crash only to be plagued by a mysterious illness that robs him of the ability to walk, talk, and eat solid food. When Force Meets Fate is a captivating, transcendent survival story―one that forces all of us to reckon with our own mortality and the fragility of life.

At age twenty-two, Jamison Hill was a fitness instructor who could
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Published January 26th 2021 by Inkshares
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Brittany (whatbritreads)
*Thank you so much to the author Jamison Hill for sending me a copy in exchange for review!*

I didn’t know what to expect when starting this book, but one thing it did make me do was think. It really made me consider my own life as an able bodied person and how ignorant I really am to the struggles of others and how little I actually know about chronic illness. I’m grateful I had the opportunity to read this; it gave me such an amazing perspective. I know not every person with chronic illness wil
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Sandhya
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I am lost for words after reading this book. I don't know where to begin and I think my words would not do any justice to the depth of this memoir but I will still try to write.

This has moved something in me and I believe in every reader who has got the chance of reading this inspiring creation. This inspirational story is of Jamison hill, a bodybuilder who loves everything about exercise and maintaining his physique, about how he fights with his invisible illness which no one seems to believe e
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Andd Becker
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has a disability knows how difficult it is to perform daily living tasks. And when the condition is a neurological disease known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), plus a disease which is diagnosed late in the book, WOW! How does the afflicted young man gather the courage to write this remarkable book?

The present tense journal entry style carries the reader along on this journey from bodybuilding and fitness training to debilitation. The author's contempor
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Diane Secchiaroli
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good memoir about a man who goes from being a 22 year old student and body builder to an invalid over a sort period of time eventually becoming totally bedridden for over two years. Jamison was eventually diagnosed with chronic fatique syndrome with possibly underlying Lyme disease. This chronicles his search for a diagnosis, the doctors he encounters and his relationships. This is a very moving discourse on a little understood disease. I found his problems well written, unflinchingly hon ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
Imagine you're a young 22 years old who works out heavily on the daily and has grand plans in the fitness world, just to be thwarted by an almost fatal car accident and then severe pain with absolutely no answers coming for years. This is Jamison's story.

What a very powerful and vulnerable memoir. Jamison gives us his story in chronological order so you can really feel how things amped up over time. Trying to hide it from people, how life completely flips upside down unexpectedly, not wanting to
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Kira Stoops
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An illuminating look into the harsh and unspeakable realities of the underfunded illness ME/CFS, and the devastating gauntlet that every patient runs: the initial dismissal, the "depression" diagnoses, the slow decline, the systematic adieu to every last joy of your life.

And yet.

Despite the depressing subject matter, the author displays an astounding resourcefulness that's also emblematic of our patient community: the resilience to still find joy and brightness without false positivity or forc
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Tabatha (tab.talks.books)
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I’ll start by saying I LOVE medical mysteries and illnesses that are explained. This story was really good. I kept rooting for Jamison and then felt the crash of hope when he got better. I have heard of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and honestly I agree where it just sounds like a lazy way of saying you’re just really tired. I did not know so much pain and suffering-especially with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis)-is involved and I feel for these people. Being a he
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Luísa (capitulo.seis)
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful reading. It was such a pleasure knowing Jamison, his strength and courage to face everything that comes up in his life.
This book is a journal of a guy who was fit and personal trainer and saw his life fell into piece when was diagnosed with a chronic disease.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
Only a person with a disability knows how fucked up it is to live with it, to survive through it everyday. And this book is a sign that it's possible. There are gonna be hard days, im
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Kelly Miller
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his memoir, "When Force Meets Fate," Jamison takes the reader on a harrowing, puzzling, and emotional journey centering around the frightening and mysterious deterioration of his health. His writing is, at times, raw, unflinching, honest, and real. This amazing, compelling story will stay with you long after you read it. ...more
Ben Gartner
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a brutally unflinching and raw look at what it's like to go from a healthy, independent individual (in Jamison's case we could say uber-healthy fitness trainer) to someone who is so sick they're bedridden and dependent on others for survival. This emotional chronicle of Jamison's years-long fight deserves applause for the fortitude it must have required to get it all down, and especially for the courage to be so honest. Jamison's perseverance is an inspiration. ...more
Chase Connor
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
WHEN FORCE MEETS FATE is an autobiographical story about "invisible illness," specifically, a neurological disease known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), which I was fairly unfamiliar with until I read a free ARC provided by the author.

What I loved most about this book was that it was raw, honest, and educational. Hill didn't mince words or try to soften the reality of living with an invisible illness. He didn't go out of his way to over-dramatize anything, either.
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Kay Smillie
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book from a giveaway of a number of free books. The sub-heading 'A Mission to Solve an Invisible Illness' drew me in, as I also suffer from one. I was stunned on reading to find that the author has the same illness as me, M.E./CFS, which I have had for eighteen years. Having an invisible illness is horrendous enough, but having M.E./CFS is like wearing one of Harry Potter's invisibility cloaks. Not seen, not heard, not believed, "You look fine!".

The author is based in the USA and I
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Exclusively_Bookish
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and I could relate to it a lot. This own voices memoir talks about what it is like living with an invisible illness and it’s a beautiful yet heartbreaking read. As someone with an invisible illness this book had me in tears and I hope this book helps raise awareness. The author opens up in an amazing way what it is like to live with an invisible illness, and the struggles and triumphs faced. The writing was beautiful and filled with so much raw emotion.

The present tense me
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Angelica King
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
There is so much that I loved about this memoir. It’s fast-paced and takes the form of a series of diary entries that are written in the present tense which gives the narrative an almost fictional feel right from page one. The writing is straightforward and concise yet incredibly descriptive which creates a good contrast with the intensity of the subject matter. Hill’s writing made it incredibly easy to storm through this read despite how difficult it was at times to read about the intimate deta ...more
Diya Shah
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first memoir I have read and now it has become my most favorite book of all time.

No one knows how it feels like to suffer from chronic illness except the person who suffers from it. It takes up so much part of your life and detaches you from the external world. This book is about Jamison Hill who is a bodybuilder and completing his college.But after some time he gets a chronic illness called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He remains bedridden for almost 2 years. He couldn't hold a glass o
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Danny Carsten
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly inspiring story, wonderfully written. Could not put it down and when I did I couldn’t wait to get back to it! Highly recommend!
Dana
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was ok
It took me a while to get through this book and I only completed it because it was an author requested review. It's also taken me a few days to process how I want to say what I want to say. I am not trying to be judgmental here, I just think that this is one story about the medical field that to me seems very one sided and without much hope. While I don't want to judge the author and his experience, there is an obligation to truth and to providing others hope. If this was the first book someone ...more
Susan Ballard
As many of you know, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. But when Jamison Hill reached out to me and asked if I would read his book, I took a special interest. Hill’s When Force Meets Fate is his journey with a chronic illness that had many doctors chasing the symptoms, with no solutions.

Before June of 2009, Jamison was the epitome of health. He was a fitness instructor and trained as a bodybuilder in California. Unfortunately, he was involved in a car accident where a man lost his life. Jamison
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Hayden (bookish.hayden)
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is about Jamison Hill, a college student and bodybuilder who survives a deadly car crash, only to suddenly be plagued by a mysterious illness that changes his life completely. Going from being able to lift over 400 pounds, to being bedridden all in the span of five years. It is the story of Jamison's life and how it changed so much, a story of perseverance in times where things seemed bleak.

Wow, honestly just wow. I went into this memoir knowing that it would make me feel things, and
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Jean
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an impressive read! Thank you, Jamison Hill for being open to share deeply with your readers. You gave us insight into your life before you became ill, even sharing your self-talk. You offered us your fears, sufferings, embarrassments, and joys. May all that you have written further people’s awareness of ME/CFS. May it spark greater awareness in medical school faculties. I know this book will touch your readers’ hearts.

Years ago I briefly knew a woman whose husband had recently been diagnos
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Stephanie Ma
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I read this memoir. Jamison is a fantastic writer and person. Thank you for letting us into a part of your life. The information is so raw and pulls you in and keeps you reading. I could not put it down. You see how much can change over night no matter what you do. He is a true fighter and inspiration to us all. So glad he wrote this and brought to light what not a lot of people can comprehend. It doesn’t matter who you are life can turn in an instant for all of us. It is hard for p ...more
Jana
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I received an arc in exchange for an honest review

I had a lot of trouble getting through this book in moments. Not because it is bad, but just because it shows how incredible the American Healthcare system truly is. It brings to light a lot of struggles that come with chronic illness and just how disabling it can be.

I enjoyed the writing a lot - I feel like Jamison Hill's voice makes this a dynamic read - you get both the raw emotions and thoughts, but also the 'fun' moments, the experiences.

wha
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Melanie
Special thanks to the author for providing me with an advanced e-copy of his memoir.

When Force Meets Fate is an important story about chronic illness and the struggles and sacrifices that come with it, as well as finding the positives in even the most dire of circumstances.

I had never heard of ME/CFS before and by reading about Hill’s experiences I have learned a lot. The existence of this memoir is a testament to the author’s strength and perseverance.
Lorena
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This is a difficult book for me to rate. Jamison Hill is a skillful writer and storyteller who has written a brutally honest memoir about surviving a traumatic car accident and PTSD, only to develop ME/CFS, a debilitating chronic illness. I have to give kudos to the author for sharing such intimate details of his life so vividly. However, this was a very unpleasant read for me, so I can’t personally rate this higher than 3 stars.

If you want to learn what it can be like to live with ME/CFS or any
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Kevin Miller
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An incredible and inspiring story, masterfully written. Hill takes you on a heart-wrenching journey of his battle with a chronic illness that leaves his life in pieces. It is a wonderful tale of triumph and perseverance. Heartbreak and joy with a powerful message on how precious life is. A great memoir. Highly recommend.
Diane
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
A beautifully written account of a life lived in a way no-one could imagine living. Jamison describes his life so vividly that it is impossible not to feel part of the horror and the triumphs. He is a gifted writer and a warm and engaging person - with an incredible mother.
Kris Sparks
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jamison’s candor and honesty made this book completely captivating and intriguing. I valued his introspection and descriptive language at every turn. He is an inspiration and hero for sharing his story!
Lynn Hallbrooks
Where has compassion gone?

Things to know upfront: I read this book via NetGalley and courtesy of InkShares. It will become available to the public on January 26, 2021. There are traumatic events, medical terminology, adult language, as well as some sexually intimate moments.

While reading Jamison Hill's autobiography, I felt many different emotions. One particular feeling that I had was compassion for the plight this young man was undergoing. It seems that others that worked in the medical field
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Carol
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely gripping tale, written with masterful authority. Jamison takes us into the memorable details, through sweeping vistas, and most fascinating, into his interior landscape. His medical trauma is truly a heart-breaking experience. What a strong person to share his story. Thank you, Jamison, and sending you wishes for good health.
Shannon
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing

An intimate look into life with ME/CFS, and a must read for anyone with a chronic illness.
Jamison writes beautifully about his journey through varying degrees of illness, including becoming too sick to walk, speak, or eat solid food. His story is one of heartbreak and loss, but also of overcoming and triumph. A wonderful memoir that will make you reflect on the fragility of life and what’s truly important.

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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Jamison Hill has written for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, among others. His essay for The Times was adapted for WBUR’s Modern Love podcast and read by Pedro Pascal from The Mandalorian. The essay is part of an anthology called Disability Visibility. Jamison has also been a guest on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, and is a main subject of a Netflix orig ...more

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