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Living with a Long-Term Illness (The Facts) [Paperback]

Frankie Campling , Michael Sharpe
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1 Mar 2006 0198528825 978-0198528821
All long-term illnesses, whatever their diagnosis, have much in common. The difficulties and challenges that come with illness, and the strategies to overcome them, are shared by most patients. Managing an illness effectively and tackling the difficulties it causes can greatly improve how you feel and your quality of life.

This book identifies the challenges posed by illness and suggests a wide variety of ways in which you might meet them. Key to this is the idea of becoming expert in managing your own illness and learning how best to deal with it. The authors accept that you know more than them about how you experience it, so that rather than telling you what to do, they offer a tool box from which you may pick the strategies that best suit you.

The two authors, one a person with a long-term illness and one a doctor, combine their expertise and experience to offer a practical and comprehensive guide along your own unique journey.

If you have a long-term illness, or if you care for someone who does, then this is a book for you.

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198528825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198528821
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fine book recommended read for people with long-term illness and their carers. This is an easy-to-read book. I will be recommending it to others and adding to the "really useful book" list I keep for patients in my general practice. (BMA Medical Book Competition 2007)

This is a well-written and comprehensive self-help guide...packed with useful, practical, sensible information that must be of benefit to anyone with a long-term illness. (Roger Woodruff, Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia)

... it provides a solid framework through which to approach living with a long-term condition. ... If you are genuinely wanting to discover ways of helping yourself and helping others to help you more effectively, then this is a good place to begin. (Ehlers-Danlos Support Group Newsletter)

The problems of long-term illness or chronic pain are difficult to live with not just for the patient but close relatives, friends and carers too. This book is written with great understanding. (Osteoporosis News)

About the Author

Frankie Campling suffers from a long-term illness. Michael Sharpe is a Professor of Psychological Medicine and Symptoms Research, School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice, simply explained 4 Jun 2006
After living for many years with M.E. I found I often 'clicked' with subjects covered in the book, yet still found plenty of new ideas. Some of these I've already found useful.

I found the book sensitively written. The authors clearly understand the problems of coping with long-term illness and the writing style is encouraging and supportive. I liked the way that subjects were covered with enough detail without getting long-winded. Really easy to read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and long awaited "toolkit" 6 May 2006
This book is necessary reading for anyone diagnosed with chronic illness and their family / carers. It gives the reader honest personal accounts of the problems encountered when living with chronic illness as well as sensible, structured strategies to help all those involved maintain a healthy approach to their lives. The chapter on the relationship between the patient and their doctor is particularly insightful.The co-writers offer the reader comprhensive discussion and advice from both the personal and medical angle increasing the knowledge and understanding of the demands chronic illness places on the individual and all those involved in their care. An excellent and long awaited "toolkit"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book to comfort and inform 8 Jun 2006
By jhoward
"As someone who has lived with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME for over 15 years, I found Frankie Campling and Michael Sharpes's book 'Living with a long term illness: the facts' both informative and practical. However their greatest achievement is that I found it comforting - like having a sensible and kind friend to provide reassurance and support.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
absolutely fantastic, has been my bible to coping
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