After the Diagnosis

After the Diagnosis

Transcending Chronic Illness

Book - 2010
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A heartfelt 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 world. When he found out he was suffering from diabetes, he was an ambitious medical resident who thought he could run away from his diagnosis. Good health was part of his self-image, and acknowledging that he needed treatment seemed like a kind of failure. In his practice, however, as he helped his patients come to terms with serious conditions, he began to understand that there were different, better ways to approach a life-altering diagnosis. In this frank account of his experiences both as a doctor and as a patient, he shares the many lessons he has learned.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439123041
Call Number: 616.0472 Se428a
Characteristics: vii, 243 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Seifter, Betsy


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Sep 05, 2014

This book is one doctor's stories about his patients and himself, focusing on chronic illness and his advice on how to live with chronic illness.

I got a little irritated at times with the personal stories he added in about his life; at least some of this was because he often seemed to not be following the advice he was giving and trying to demonstrate, and also because a lot of his stories did not seem on par in severity to those of his patients.

I did find some of the advice validating, but most of the stories he told with patients as examples fell into typical gender stereotypes, which was frustrating since my own life does not fit that model and I (briefly!) felt that I must be doing something wrong. More variety would be nice


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