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Zoe's Win [Paperback]

Jane Colby , Jill Milne
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Book Description

Nov 1999
Zoe's Win is an ME-friendly book. Printed in clear type, it
opens with Zoe's uplifting story, designed to be read aloud if the child or
young person's not well enough to read. Zoe's not a real person but the
things that happen to her have really happened and Zoe does find out how to
win with ME. You can too, because the help section really is helpful.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dome Vision (Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953733009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953733002
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a moving and very lovely little book. The author knows
all about ME at first hand and her voice is the authentic voice of a
sufferer. She is also an ME expert with many publications to her name. A
former head teacher, she runs a charity to support children with ME that
has political support at the highest level. But that's not why you should
read Zoe's Win. If your child has ME, or if you teach children with ME, you
will be glad you did.

From the Author

People ask me how I got into the mind of a child with ME.
It's because I had been in that dark place myself. I knew how it was, what
it felt like, how the body won't work properly, the pain and the other
stuff that 'outsiders' - including most doctors - just don't know. They
haven't been there. I've got the T shirt.

It's funny how characters will get into your head. Zoe got into my head and
started talking. She would tell me things. One day, when she was trying to
eat something, she told me: 'The toast tastes like sawdust, it's so hard to
chew. it's making my jaw ache. I never knew it took so much energy to chew.
I'm getting breathless too... I can see myself in the kitchen mirror. My
face is a horrible colour, like dough that hasn't been cooked. And down one
side it feels like a lump of dough, not like skin at all. And now my left
eyelid's twitching too, just like my legs - Oh what? I've knocked the soup
bowl onto the floor. Oh, yuk. What a mess.' In between all this, her mum
was trying to sort things out, get the doctor - and clear up the sloppy
mess on the floor! Never fear. Things look up for Zoe - and her swimming
teacher - the one who didn't understand at first - ends up a real-life
hero. I can't say any more or I'll give the drama
away.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
If you read Zoe's Win you will experience through the eyes of a child with ME just what it must be like to find your body will not do what you want it to.
It must be terrible to suffer from ME at any time in your life, but did you know that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, to give it its full name, is the biggest cause of long-term absence through sickness from school? It must be a very heavy burden for a child to have this illness. And a great strain for any parent or teacher trying to help such a child.
ME is not a 'new' illness - epidemics have been recorded since 1934 - but the term ME has only been in use since 1956. The disease is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is a real, organically-based, illness, and if you read Zoe's Win you will experience through the eyes of a child with ME just what it must be like to find your body will not do what you want it to.
Jane Colby, the author of Zoe's Win, has herself suffered from ME, and she has also co-authored the largest study of ME ever undertaken. The early pages tell the 'story' of Zoe and her illness, and what it was like when she tried to get back to normal too soon, and of the relapse when she got worse all over again.
The rest of the book is full of information about ME. and is full of valuable information for families, doctors and teachers who are involved with a child who has ME
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