- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Yknot Publishing; 1st edition (15 Dec. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986620009
- ISBN-13: 978-0986620003
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Foul Bowel: 101 Ways to Survive and Thrive With Crohn's Disease Paperback – 15 Dec 2010
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"When I was a GP I firmly believed that patients with chronic diseases invariably knew more about their problem than any doctor. I also believed that patients are usually better at explaining their problem to new sufferers than either doctors or nurses. They know what to expect and how the system works. John Bradley's wonderful book "The Foul Bowel" is a must for anyone diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It's also essential reading for relatives and health professionals. The illustrations are marvellous." --Dr. Vernon Coleman, breakfast TV's first doctor and author of 114 books including How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You:
"A wonderful book that will be instructive to any person whose life is touched by a chronic health issue, providing endless novel insights into the world of healthcare. John Bradley's keen sense of humour allows the reader to experience laughter at each turn of the page, the light tone being juxtaposed with a poignant account of a young man's courageous struggle with Crohn's, an unpredictable and potentially deadly disease.
For the medical professional, The Foul Bowel provides endless novel insights into the world of healthcare. The truth of what is experienced from the patient perspective will benefit any student or professional working with patients. John Bradley writes honestly and articulately about his experiences. He speaks to my personal philosophy of firstly, "Always believe the patient", secondly, "Listen to your gut" and thirdly, "Treat patients the way you would want to be treated if you were in the same position"." -- Dr. Martha Graham, family physician
Candid and entertaining, this book gives the Crohn's patient some comic relief, while at the same time providing practical advice. --Dr. Fre Saibil, University of Toronto Professor of Medicine and author of the best-selling "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis"
"The Foul Bowel" is a must for anyone diagnosed with Crohn's. It's also essential reading for relatives and health professionals.
--Dr. Vernon Coleman is the author of 114 books including "How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You"
Will inspire anyone with the disease, while offering lots of genuine laughs along the way.
--Brighter Living Magazine, March 4, 2011
About the Author
The author's qualifications include thirteen surgeries (seven major and six minor); over a hundred consultations with gastroenterologists; at least two hundred blood tests; over a dozen different drugs; having been irradiated to the Chernobyl standards; lost five-sixths of his small bowel to surgery, and had half a dozen complete strangers stick their index fingers up his butt. And he has never been happier.
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Top Customer Reviews
John has written a frank and incredibly humorous account of life with Crohn's and gives pointers on how to get the best care for yourself and how to attempt to retain your sanity in the process. He makes some poignant remarks about how the sufferers attitude is paramount to, as he puts it so well; Thriving with Crohn's.
It is worth noting that this is not a blueprint as to how the disease may affect the sufferer as symptoms can vary vastly between one and the next yet what it certainly is, is a memoir of Johns incredible journey that anyone with Crohn's can most defiantly relate to. What screams out of each page is his resolve to deal with it as best he can, that in itself is contagious in all the good ways.
I wish this had been written years ago as so much of what John writes strikes so many chords and as a Crohnie it makes you feel that you are not alone in your disease.
The last chapter of the book literally had me laughing aloud. What makes this book is so special is Johns humility, it shines through and his account of Crohn's is the work of a comic genius about a (at times) debilitating disease.
Just buy it and read it, you'll be glad you did.
Having only been a member of the Crohn's community for a few short months, I myself still have a lot to learn about diet, control, and management of the disease. From what I had read about the book this really would be my key to surviving and thriving with the illness... or what I hope would be!
The first page had me hooked, bringing me to get almost halfway through before I put it down (for none other than a toilet break. Oh, the irony).
Even a few pages in I found myself nodding along to Bradley's observations of the gastro-intestinal clinic and chuckling to myself at his matter-of-fact attitude towards his never-ending trials of this sporadic disease. Not only does he discuss his experience, but the agonising wait for a diagnosis.
Throughout, John also gives 'tips' on how to deal with the consultants, the disease itself and how to not isolate yourself from your environment at times when company is all you really need. It is really reassuring and comforting reading about another person's experience. Even more so the fact that I have not had to go through half of what John has had to endure (and hopefully never will).Read more ›
While other parts of book such as those regarding surgery were as insightful as they were funny. His writing allows us to see his surgical journey through his own eyes so much so that I now feel more informed about what a surgery entails and what I will have to experience should the day ever come for me. This first hand account of Crohn's and surgery is something that medical professionals simply cannot give us, and I feel reassured to have read this book.
I would not hesitate to recommend his book to anyone with Crohn's or knows someone with Crohn's not only for the information it contains, but simply because it is a very funny and enjoyable book
I recommend this no matter what state of the game your at!!
Written as a personal memoir of his symptoms, treatment and endless experiences with the NHS, interspersed with tips that he's learnt along the way, Mr Bradley's book seems to me to be really good advice for anyone looking to 'survive and thrive' with a long term condition; a lot of it sounded very familiar to how my friend successfully manages her auto-immune disease.
That's because most of the 101 tips weren't related to the nitty-gritty of anything bowel-related, but were about getting the most out of hospital appointments, health practitioners and your treatment. It's a confidence builder.
The Foul Bowel gives a wonderful insight into what it means to have Crohn's Disease, as Mr Bradley describes his symptoms, surgeries and side-effects as-and-when they developed in his life, and how he dealt with each one whilst going to university, working on his career at Cadbury's, getting married, having a family and emigrating, with absolute honesty yet without it becoming downbeat or upsetting.
Mostly, it's just very funny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not all funny like they make out. can be very doom and gloom at times.not the best book if you are trying to be positive.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
The tips are real and so helpful. Reading this has changed my outlook. I will now be in control of my treatment. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Absolute must read for anyone with Crohn's or anyone caring for someone with it. Humorous and honest account of one man's journey through life with this disease. Very insightful. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ammo
although a tough read, worth every penny! to be honest, best book dealing with crohns (one man's adventure, admittedly) that i have come acrossPublished 20 months ago by AF
Bought this for my boyfriend. He seems to be enjoying it, bit of humour and personalised stories that he can relate to. :-)Published on 26 Jan. 2015 by Rebecca courtman
Absolutly loved this book, read it in 2 days!!
Loved the tips throughout the book.
Had me laughing out loud the whole way through !! Read more
This was a really helpful read to understand the insights into having Chrons disease and the direction it may take you. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by Andrea Galley