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Fiction Books With Chronically Ill Main Characters- Not Cancer

Books with characters who have chronic illnesses like Lupus, Fibromyalgia, ME, Crohn's disease, HIV/AIDS, etc. Mental health problems and cancer will not be included in this particular list
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3.95 avg rating — 128 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 20,030 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 121,563 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 135,203 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 6,949 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 1,897 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 33,812 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 3,415 ratings
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3.48 avg rating — 2,395 ratings
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3.40 avg rating — 5,650 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 255,319 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 8,354 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 17 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 12,884 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 425 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 6,286 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 22,293 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 14,907 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 19,297 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 71 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 9,953 ratings
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27

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3.74 avg rating — 20,833 ratings
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27

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4.01 avg rating — 530,239 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 2,723 ratings
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29

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3.53 avg rating — 18,278 ratings
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31

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3.75 avg rating — 737 ratings
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32

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3.67 avg rating — 701 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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3.59 avg rating — 1,088 ratings
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33

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3.85 avg rating — 548 ratings
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4.88 avg rating — 8 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 3,172 ratings
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33

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4.16 avg rating — 15,011 ratings
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33

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4.25 avg rating — 102,542 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 1,243 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 2,890 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 701 ratings
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42

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3.85 avg rating — 60 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 154 ratings
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42

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3.95 avg rating — 7,994 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 1,315 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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3.61 avg rating — 2,824 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 52 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 758 ratings
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3.50 avg rating — 2,132 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 1,687 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 823 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 119 ratings
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3.55 avg rating — 235 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 3,014 ratings
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4.39 avg rating — 31,037 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 24,426 ratings
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3.59 avg rating — 71 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 1,471 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 65,393 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 11,235 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,071 ratings
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3.55 avg rating — 11 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 15,469 ratings
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69

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3.59 avg rating — 116 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 2,956 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 4,272 ratings
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3.63 avg rating — 115 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings
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3.25 avg rating — 16 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 185 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 4,892 ratings
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3.60 avg rating — 2,024 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 132 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 1,224 ratings
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3.73 avg rating — 2,172 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 847 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 73,430 ratings
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83

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3.45 avg rating — 394 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 945 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 796 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 2,299 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 758 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 14,544 ratings
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3.64 avg rating — 5,737 ratings
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3.54 avg rating — 483 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 280 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 16,018 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 1,897 ratings
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3.41 avg rating — 1,555 ratings
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3.17 avg rating — 1,130 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 494 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 13,689 ratings
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98 books · 60 voters · list created June 24th, 2014 by Megan Folse (votes) .
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message 1: by Megan (new)

Megan Folse FICTION BOOKS ONLY, PLEASE


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan Folse ~☆ Alice♥♥ wrote: "Megan wrote: "FICTION BOOKS ONLY, PLEASE"

Oh, sorry! I will delete the ones I added."


Thanks :)


message 3: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Reimers I just joined GoodReads, so I don't really know the etiquette yet of adding and voting on books (still learning). I added some books about a young girl with kidney disease who creates her own imaginary world as a coping mechanism- they are fictional (although based on a true story). Please delete them if I did something incorrect or rude. Thanks! :)


message 4: by Megan (new)

Megan Folse Thanks Hannah! Welcome to Goodreads


message 5: by Devin (new)

Devin Shuman Do you know if there is a non-fiction version of this list?


message 6: by Megan (new)

Megan Folse Devin wrote: "Do you know if there is a non-fiction version of this list?"

I believe there is--to some extent. There are plenty of books about particular diseases/illnesses/chronic health problems, memoirs written by people who have those health problems, books about various treatments, etc. The list could go on forever. Are you looking for something in particular?


message 7: by Devin (new)

Devin Shuman I've been looking for a good list of memoirs about chronic illness, that isn't solely about cancer or mental health. There are plenty of very ablest books and plenty of books about treatments but I've yet to find a good list about the lived experience. **In particular, I'm trying to find a book focused on young adults and on the increased rates of death you encounter as part of a disability community.


message 8: by Megan (new)

Megan Folse Most of the memoirs I'm aware of are written by adults about their experience dealing with their health problems as adults. I don't think I've seen any about young adults with certain health issues.


message 9: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Reimers Hi Devin! The PFA is a fictionalized version of my story with a very severe kidney disease as a 15 to 21-year-old (I'm 23 now). It is technically fiction and written as such, but it is my true story... I even created an imaginary world to help myself cope, just like Anna Grace does, and the stories of the "Underground City" and "Pretend Friend Association" are basically edited versions of what I wrote when I was dealing with medications, uncertainty, and death. So far, "only" Parts One to Six are written and none of them deal with deal too much, but Parts Seven to Twelve will be released through 2016, and they do deal with death. (Anna Grace loses a friend, just like I did.) Like I said, it is fictional- reads more like a "story" than a memoir- but 95% of it is almost exactly what happened. (I think Part Six is the one I've taken the most literary license with- SPOILER: in the book, Anna Grace freaks out and tries to throw away a lot of her writing. I never did that... I handled that situation better than she does. But other than that, everything is more or less as it was. I'm not sure if that's what you are looking for or not, but I hope that helps a little.


message 10: by Eve (new)

Eve does anyone know on a non-fiction book of which a character has fibromyalgia? i have never found one and couldn't find one on this list, though i may have missed one. thankyou! :) :)


message 11: by Megan (new)

Megan Folse This is a list of fiction books. I know there are a handful of nonfiction books with main characters that have fibro. I can't think of any off-hand, but I'll keep an eye out.


message 12: by Jenna (new)

Jenna Deluna I also have been looking for a fiction book about Fibromyalgia and haven't been able to find any. At the top of this list it does say Fibro but none of these books have characters with Fibro.


message 13: by June (new)

June Hopkirk Does anyone know which book has Crohn's because it says Crohn's at the top of the list?


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