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Then Life Took Control – A Journal: From Sickness to Wellbeing
Author: Sam Shakes
Publisher: Nature Inspired Books
Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that is often extremely disruptive. People with the condition typically experience bouts of abdominal pain and severe diarrhoea, leading to impaired quality of life.
In this journal, Sam Shakes provides a no-holds-barred autobiographical account of her experience of living with ulcerative colitis. From diagnosis through to surgery, she provides a blunt, honest and often upsetting account of her illness and treatment.
She discusses how this chronic illness affected her health and relationships with family, friends and healthcare professionals.
Ms Shakes writes honestly and directly, providing an insight into the impact that this unpredictable disease can have on physical and mental wellbeing.
In parts, her candid account is unsettling. But her grounded, self-help approach enabled her to deal with a range of physical and emotional upheavals.
Overall, this journal will be a compelling read for people with ulcerative colitis and for healthcare professionals who work with patients with inflammatory bowel disease. It will be of particular interest to stoma care nurses and nurse specialists dealing with auto-immune diseases.
Reviewer: Graeme Smith
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