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After the Diagnosis: Transcending Chronic Illness

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"After the Diagnosis "is a heartfelt and moving lesson on the art of living well through serious illness. Dr. Julian Seifter understands the difficulty of managing a chronic condition in our health-obsessed, take-life-by-the-horns, live-forever world. When he found out he was suffering from diabetes, he was an ambitious medical resident who thought he could run away from h ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 17th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published July 28th 2010)
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Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me insight into what my brother is dealing with as he has started dialysis. He and our family is dealing with his failed kidneys. The book gave me insight into how people cope with a chronic illness. The DR. who wrote the book happens to be a nephrologist as well, making this book particularly useful to people dealing with kidney issues and dialysis. His stories/vignettes of real people help you see how some people cope better than others, using a range of strategies...a bit of de ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was a frustrating read due to the author's own denial about his illness, clearly characterized but never resolved. He's advising his patients, and his readers, to take steps that he himself clearly never was willing to take. Better books about living with illness abound.
Jim Gleason
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: organ-transplant
As both patient and physician, the author writes candidly from a unique perspective about both his own life dealing with diabetes as well as the many lessons he learned in his practice with patients of all walks of life and illness. As we read about his ignoring that illness in favor of an ambitious medical residency and growth into a renowned kidney specialist, we witness a personal and professional transformation in both facing his own chronic disease, once he accepts it, and the patients who ...more
Laurie Cooper
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Saw the title in Borders and am happy I picked it up. Written by a physician (kidney specialist) who also happens to live with diabetes, he explores the methods of coping with chronic illness. I have post it notes all over the book, but one is *** so I'll quote it here:

"The task for Anne, as it is for anyone with a chronic illness, has been to walk the line between 'possibility' and 'reality', and let herself change and grow over time. This task is both hard and necessary; hard, because the temp
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This book has some good advice, some of it resonated with me in a "oh, I guess I'm doing it right" way and some of it just made me jealous of the people in the book and how certain parts of the journey seemed so much "easier". The first was helpful and the second wasn't (obviously). The author interspersing his own story kind of irked me - I'm not quite sure why, but I found his story more annoying than anything. Maybe it's because in the beginning it didn't seem that serious (all these stories ...more
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is an easy read,even though it deals with medical issues. The author, a kidney specialist, reviews his experiences with many of his clients. He is very much tuned into the whole person, and demonstrates caring attitudes towards his clients and well as all people. Being a diabetic himself, although it seems that most clients do not know this, makes the story even more moving for the reader. The issue of denial when dealing with a chronic illness is a strong element in the success of tre ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book that gives personal stories to underline the author's perspective on how to deal/cope with chronic illness. My husband and I both deal with an illness every day and sometimes the stigma of being sick can be cumbersome. This book has helped me to feel better emotionally regarding what the two of us as a couple deal with on a daily basis and let us know we are not alone. It also demonstrated how being "sick" can be a period of growth.
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Written by a doctor who himself is dealing with a chronic illness, this book explores the stories of people dealing with illness, and how to live, continue to grow and be human with a chronic illness. It is an interesting point of view- the stories are told from the doctor's perspective as a doctor and his own story as a patient. As well as sharing his patients' life stories.

It is well worth reading
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
As someone who has lived with chronic illness for 41 of my 43 years, I definitely appreciate the author's experience and perspective. Excellent book for the newly-diagnosed, those with loved ones who wish to understand the dynamics of chronic illness better and those of us who have lived with chronic illness for many years.
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed it and found it helpful, but it's written for my audience - the young and chronically ill. I'm not sure how much perspective it would give to someone who is not immediately affected. I think it would be helpful for family, at least.
Melissa Miller
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I checked this book out because my daughter has a chronic illness and I've struggled since the diagnosis. The book wasn't quite what I was looking for, but it does provide some examples of how people cope or face their own diagnosis. It is easy to read and well-written.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH, i loved this book, gives you a new perspective on life and how fragile it is and how we control our own destiny!, she is inspiring, thanks.
Oct 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
thought not entirely applicable to a life-long chronic illness patients, the information is still relevant
Martha Earl
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clear explanations and good vignettes from a physician who is also a patient. He helped me to understand my sister-in-law's kidney disease.
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Austin Ratners first novel, The Jump Artist, is the 2011 winner of the Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. It was praised as a remarkable work by Harpers Magazine and featured in Publishers Weekly in 2009 as one of ten promising debuts. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and has been honored with the Missouri Review Editors Prize in Fiction. He attended the University of Iowa Write ...more
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