Since my diagnosis I’ve had PLENTY of time to read & some of the books have had a big impact on decisions I’ve made. This is the short list of titles I’ve found helpful. I will update it periodically. Bet you can’t find the common theme!
Living Well with Autoimmune Disease–Mary J. Shomon
Keep Working, Girlfriend!--Rosalind Joffe & Joan Friedlander. I sent a copy to my friend Cindi, who is newly diagnosed with MS. This shout-out is for her–Love ya Chick!!
FibroWHYalgia–Susan E. Ingebretson **Helpful, no matter WHAT your diagnosis**. Real & upfront-it’s an easy read. Keep an eye for for a companion workbook. I’ve heard rumors one is in the works!
The Autoimmune Connection–Rita Baron-Fause & Jill P. Buyon, MD.
ANY financial book by Dave Ramsey. He starts from scratch & doesn’t assume the reader has any excess resources; trust me-I started from the bottom. I became critically ill before I was diagnosed and (barely) survived two years of repeated admissions & medication co-pays of $1000 monthly. I nearly lost my home, my relationship with my kids was traumatized and I had to file bankruptcy. Why? Because I lived the “it can’t happen to me” lifestyle. Minimal savings, no financial plan, active credit cards–the American way!
Also, purchase yourself a pretty journal & a nice ink pen. Carry it in your bag & WRITE IN IT. Write anything–daily. Trust me, it helps. I keep my to-do list, symptoms, thoughts, plans, ideas–everything in one tidy little spot. I also made a life collage in it. It covers two open pages & I originally did it to cover pages I’d messed up. It has been inspiration though, so now I have a few of them scattered through it.
More to come–ROCK ON GIRLFRIEND!!