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My Imaginary Illness

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  7 reviews
At age twenty-one, Chloe Atkins began suffering from a mysterious illness, the symptoms of which rapidly worsened. Paralyzed for months at a time, she frequently required intubation and life support. She eventually became quadriplegic, dependent both on a wheelchair and on health professionals who refused to believe there was anything physically wrong with her. When test ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 8th 2010 by ILR Press
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Jenny Brown
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very well-written narrative of one woman's struggles with a medical system that treats a severe but difficult to diagnose condition as "psychosomatic" to the point of withholding care. In this case, the disease, which seems to be a form of Myasthenia Gravis results in severe paralysis and crises that land the author in the hospital for months.

Unfortunately, her experience is repeated daily by tens of thousands of us who have rare conditions unfamiliar to our doctors--especially women. If a few
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Deodand
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not sure why the rating on this book is so low. It's a true account of Atkins's struggles with diagnosis and treatment of her health issues, due to an early diagnosis of somatizing disorder - otherwise known as "it's all in your head". I found it hard to put down. This is like the non-fiction version of a "House" episode, only the doctors and nurses have already made a psychiatric diagnosis of the patient's organic disease.

This is an eye-opening book. I'm not sure how a medical professional
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Caran-marie
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Thought provoking and scary at the same time. What happens when the doctors are convinced that you're not sick even when you're dying?
Michelle
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A real life horror story that was difficult to read but worth the effort.

My full review: http://bit.ly/YOKnvm
Leanne
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Insightful, painful, honest, courageous, well-written. Thank you for your story.
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Not the best of reads - interesting nevertheless.
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