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The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness Sarah Ramey Recounts The Decade Long Saga Of How A Seemingly Minor Illness In Her Senior Year Of College Turned Into A Prolonged And Elusive Condition That Destroyed Her Health But That Doctors Couldn T Diagnose Or Treat Worse, As They Failed To Cure Her, They Hinted That Her Devastating Symptoms Were PsychologicalThe Lady S Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness Is A Memoir With A Mission, To Help The Millions Of Mostly Women Who Suffer From Unnamed Or Misunderstood ConditionsRamey S Pursuit Of A Diagnosis And Cure For Her Own Mysterious Illness Is A Medical Mystery That She Says Reveals A New Understanding Of Today S Chronic Illnesses As Ecological In Nature, Driven By Modern Changes To The Basic Foundations Of Health, From The Quality Of Our Sleep, Diet, And Social Connection To The State Of Our Microbiomes [Epub] ↠ Longbow Girl Author Linda Davies – Mgiworx.co.uk As They Failed To Cure Her [ BOOKS ] ✬ On His Naughty List Author Jessica Jarman – Mgiworx.co.uk They Hinted That Her Devastating Symptoms Were PsychologicalThe Lady S Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness Is A Memoir With A Mission [Epub] ➢ Fire Colour One ➣ Jenny Valentine – Mgiworx.co.uk To Help The Millions Of Mostly Women Who Suffer From Unnamed Or Misunderstood ConditionsRamey S Pursuit Of A Diagnosis And Cure For Her Own Mysterious Illness Is A Medical Mystery That She Says Reveals A New Understanding Of Today S Chronic Illnesses As Ecological In Nature [[ Reading ]] ➶ Invisible Wounds Author Kay Douglas – Mgiworx.co.uk Driven By Modern Changes To The Basic Foundations Of Health [Read] ➼ A City Possessed ➹ Lynley Hood – Mgiworx.co.uk From The Quality Of Our Sleep [Download] ➵ Her Husbands Mistake Author Sheila O& – Mgiworx.co.uk Diet [BOOKS] ✬ Mr Dove Über Den Wassern ✮ Maurice Shadbolt – Mgiworx.co.uk And Social Connection To The State Of Our Microbiomes As someone who lives with chronic pain that has a specific reason, I can only imagine what chronic pain without a diagnosis is like Sarah Ramey tells the whole truth here, without flinching, and calls every person to really listen to her story It isn t for the faint of heart but, then again, I suppose that is the point that not a one of us is faint of heart and we would do well to pay attention to each other An important, essential book I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGal As someone who lives with chronic pain that has a specific reason, I can only imagine what chronic pain without a diagnosis is like Sarah Ramey tells the whole truth here, without flinching, and calls every person to really listen to her story It isn t for the faint of heart but, then again, I suppose that is the point that not a one of us is faint of heart and we would do well to pay attention to each other An important, essential book I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 5 stars We are women with mysterious illnesses, and we are everywhere.As a person that has multiple chronic illnesses, I knew I had to read this book When I was 17, I went to my GP and gave her a list of my symptoms and asked her if I could have endometriosis She said I was too young but sent me fortesting Over the next 7 years I was passed round many different specialists and doctors, at one point being told I had a brain tumouronly for a month later being told that I actually didn 5 stars We are women with mysterious illnesses, and we are everywhere.As a person that has multiple chronic illnesses, I knew I had to read this book When I was 17, I went to my GP and gave her a list of my symptoms and asked her if I could have endometriosis She said I was too young but sent me fortesting Over the next 7 years I was passed round many different specialists and doctors, at one point being told I had a brain tumouronly for a month later being told that I actually didn t I was told my illness was all in my head That I was making up the pain That I was an attention seeker or depressed After 7 years I moved for work and saw a new GP who sent me straight away to see a new gynaecologist who after a laparoscopy, diagnosed me with endometriosis A whole 7 years after I asked if I could have that exact disease but got shot down, told I was crazy and left utterly demoralised and upset.I am not the odd one out The majority of women with invisible or mysterious illnesses will go through the exact same treatment.This book is an incredible story about how Sarah Ramey was treated by the medical community in the USA and how her very real illnesses were ignored or that they were psychological This book made me cry, feel utterly shocked and yet also didnt surprise me Sarah s illnesses and her medical journey is shocking She writes so incredibly well about her experiences but also about the medical community, ways to help yourself and why women receive such poor medical treatment This book looks intomysterious invisible illnesses such as lyme, fibromyalgia, lupus, candida and CFS ME If you suffer from any of these illnesses or any other invisible illnesses, I urge you to read this book I wish I could put this book into the hands of every healthcare professional Every woman that has been made to feel crazy due to her illness I know it will make women with illness feel less alone and I hope it will make them stand up and fight for their health when those that should be helping them let them down.This is a brilliant book and I cannot recommend it enough Thank you Sarah for supporting us with your writing Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review I just read all 411 pages of this excruciating book and my only motivation for finishing it was to tell people how awful it is withauthority Here s my rant I can t imagine how this got published, honestly In fact, it is so bad that I have written my first review on Goodreads since it was acquired by , just in case any of my friends were thinking of reading it.I love sickness memoirs At their best, they help me put what is happening to my body in a political, philosophical, and sp I just read all 411 pages of this excruciating book and my only motivation for finishing it was to tell people how awful it is withauthority Here s my rant I can t imagine how this got published, honestly In fact, it is so bad that I have written my first review on Goodreads since it was acquired by , just in case any of my friends were thinking of reading it.I love sickness memoirs At their best, they help me put what is happening to my body in a political, philosophical, and spiritual context that moves me beyond self pity or solipsism At worst, they are self indulgent tripe.This is worse than the worst Ramey has been through some horrific stuff But she is also the incredibly privileged and wealthy daughter of two doctors I lost track of how many times she moved across the country on a whim, or how many times her family flew across the country to move in with her and serve her needs She completely fails to recognize her own privilege, though, and subjects the read to pages and pages about her budding music career did she mention the name of her band no here it is onetimedid she mention she is on youtube and instagram no here you go She has no concept of the fact that as bad as her medical experience has been, she has also been able to spend tens of thousands of dollars on treatments and tests, and that not everyone has that kind of access Not once does she advocate for Medicare for All or an affordable healthcare system, though she doesn t hesitate to recommend lobbying for other issues she considers important.She is also completely unaware of her racial privilege In what is meant to be the emotional climax of the book or one of themthere are a lot , she describes a horrific procedure in which a doctor biopsies her vagina without general anesthesia The SHEER CAUCASITY of this woman in failing to acknowledge that a people of color are treated far far worse by the medical system every day and b what she described was literally common practice on nonconsenting Black woman and the foundation of modern gynecology.Did I mention her internalized ableism Or the part where she describes how she basically called together a care circle without ever acknowledging disability activism DJ Or how she never ever describes herself as having a disability There s also the transphobia This is probably what takes the book from awful to justbizarre There s about a hundred pages where she takes this weird detour into bad 70s white feminism theories of the Divine Feminine, and how men and women are biologically and emotionally different, and the problem with modern medicine is that it dismisses the Feminine in all of us Oh and by the way, she says, all other forms of oppression like racism and classism and whatever else you want to throw in there stem from the misogyny of dismissing the Feminine SHE ACTUALLY SAYS THAT RACISM IS REALLY JUST MISOGYNY.I don t understand how something like this gets published I doubt anyone will read this random review but I needed to get it out My god, it s bad I ve been MIA on goodreads for a while, not only is the world in mayhem but my own illnesses have been ravaging my body as of late I haven t read as much recently, but I desperately need this book right now Finding people who understand you is sometimes the best medicine YES This book sounds like it could have been written about me, which is just a reminder that way too many women experience gas lighting and blatant dismissal from doctors I can t wait to read this. In February, before the COVID 19 pandemic really hit the United States, I had a kidney infection I had never had one before For four days I suffered through intense, often stabbing pains I did all my usual things extra tea, extra sleep, curling into the fetal position and breathing when I could Until I realized I had a fever, it didn t occur to me that I might need to seek medical attention You see, for me, this type of pain is normal Wrapping around myself, maybe a few Advils, and trying In February, before the COVID 19 pandemic really hit the United States, I had a kidney infection I had never had one before For four days I suffered through intense, often stabbing pains I did all my usual things extra tea, extra sleep, curling into the fetal position and breathing when I could Until I realized I had a fever, it didn t occur to me that I might need to seek medical attention You see, for me, this type of pain is normal Wrapping around myself, maybe a few Advils, and trying to get through it while still going about my business work, etc , is something that I have seemingly had to accept, because I m told that I have painful periods and functional dyspepia and there isn t much you can do for either So when I was directed by an advice line to go to the Emergency Room immediately, I was pretty surprised Once there, the nurses and doctors swirled around me, and put in an IV, and looked VERY confused when I said I didn t need morphine and I kept saying, well the IV ibuprofen seems nice, it all seems less painful Half out of it, it was only later that I could look back on those exchanges with slight bemusement at the time, I didn t understand their concern.I don t know that any of my friends who read this would know that I experience a level of pain regularly that rivals the clinically recognized one of the most painful things to present with kidney infection, so much so that I would be surprised and shrug it off when someone offers high grade morphine Maybe a few people, I think Overall, I allude to my health struggles sometimes, but I have historically, generally downplayed it When you have those strange or amorphous diagnoses, most people secretly think you re insane or dismiss you as out of control or overdramatic and you yourself can start to think you re crazy But throughout the years of my experiencing this, I haven t been able to shake this feeling that what s going on is something deeper, something that our culture doesn t understand about healing, something that our culture has a problem with because women are involved, some sort of canary in the coal mine thing that s happening with all of us who have weird things going on that aren t really recognized It s part of the reason why I m a yoga teacher, a yoga therapist, someone who has a certificate in positive psychology, and someone pursuing a certificate in health and well being coaching I keep looking.So here is the point Sarah Ramey wrote the book She wrote the thing that explains the past 15 years of my life She wrote the thing that explains all the years of so many of our lives And she has a section in here that goes deep into the Root Reasons, the need for the feminine She is never simple in her analysis She is nuanced, which is my favorite thing.Read it And be sure to give it to anyone who has difficult and or unexplained health issues Believe me when I say that even and perhaps especially when they hit on sections where tears will run down their face, sections that let them feel a rage that has been suppressed it will be such a kind, kind, KIND thing for you to share P.S I should also offer I shared my own story here because I view it as germane to the review, but I don t share it for advice or pity or anything like that Just because after reading this book I don t feel a need to NOT talk about it to avoid causing discomfort That s another thing I owe to this text I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book really resonated with me Two years ago I developed a mysterious illness that caused me to be in pain whenever I would eat I ve been given a couple of diagnoses that are mentioned in the book IBS, SIBO , but no one has ever been able to tell my why I got sick or how I can get better I ve seen a lot of doctors, tried a lot medications, and cut out a lot of foods I loved, and all I can say is that two years I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book really resonated with me Two years ago I developed a mysterious illness that caused me to be in pain whenever I would eat I ve been given a couple of diagnoses that are mentioned in the book IBS, SIBO , but no one has ever been able to tell my why I got sick or how I can get better I ve seen a lot of doctors, tried a lot medications, and cut out a lot of foods I loved, and all I can say is that two years laterthan half the time I m just very uncomfortable instead of being in constant pain Sarah s story felt so much like my story, and her research so much like my research I ve been fortunate to mostly have seen doctors who are compassionate, but I ve been told over and over that there s nothingthat can be done to help me This book made me feel hopeful that maybe I don t have to stay stuck in this state forever, and seen, which is a really wonderful thing after feeling so isolated and alone for so long I d recommend it to anyone else living with a mystery disease My feelings about this book swung wildly from incredible to wtf real quick As a memoir of someone with chronic illness Part I of this book is a great impactful read I empathise with Sarah Ramey as her health worsens, and she deals with a terrible capitalist healthcare system The medical trauma in her account is horrifying, and yet believable I can picture several people I ve worked with who would fit right in as the awful unprofessional biased doctors she had the misery of dealing with I wa My feelings about this book swung wildly from incredible to wtf real quick As a memoir of someone with chronic illness Part I of this book is a great impactful read I empathise with Sarah Ramey as her health worsens, and she deals with a terrible capitalist healthcare system The medical trauma in her account is horrifying, and yet believable I can picture several people I ve worked with who would fit right in as the awful unprofessional biased doctors she had the misery of dealing with I was cautiously optimistic about this book till about the 30% mark.However It should be noted that Sarah Ramey does not have a background in medicine or science writing, and that becomes very clear soon enough She writes airily about the thousands of research papers into one treatment technique, or decades of research into another without citing a single source I tried looking these up myself and got no credible papers whose results I could trust Research and academia can be a maze for anyone untrained in deciphering it Just because a study is conducted, and a paper is published does not automatically make its findings reliable A data set can be manipulated in any number of ways to produce pretty much any result you want I won t even get started on predatory journals that will publish just about anything Science writers and communicators are highly qualified people who sift through research, verify the reliability, and translate the results correctly into lay language for the public to read It is a highly specialised full time job Sarah Ramey is not a science writer.I don t doubt she did a lot of reading, but her claims about functional medicine, generally thought of as a pseudoscientific scam in the medical community, don t seem to be backed up by anything substantial The basic principles of what america calls Functional Medicine treating the body as a whole, long term behavioural interventions etc the rest of the world callsMedicine The parts of functional medicine where they advocate ridding yourself of toxins by buying their products and services is called medical fraud Psychological well being, gut microbiome, and neurology are very much a part of traditional medicine.Are there gaps in modern allopathic medicine, given its founding on misogyny, racism, imperialism, and bigotry Yes, absolutely Is the answer badly researched pseudoscience No I say this as a brown non western woman with a rare autoimmune disease and a degree in neuroscience.Further a good 200 300 pages in the middle where she drifts off into a strange gender essentialist spiel about the female brain and the feminine mystique and the descent into Hades is frankly nonsense and borders on TERF territory It also fails to address transgender, intersex, and gender non conforming people, and thus is a complete waste of time I cannot imagine why this wasn t edited out This book could have been half the size and twice as readable It s also really irritating that for all her research she has yet to stumble onto disability justice communities who have long been advocating for patient rights, mutual aid and community support, andfunding for research into chronic diseases Many of us having been doing this work long before she took it upon herself to reinvent the wheel It s worth noting that Sarah Ramey comes from a very wealthy sheltered upper class white family in america, considering the ease with which she repeatedly moves across the country from one doctor to another alternative healer to another doctor, and retreats to her family cabin here and other home there, and has no concept of working class non white disabled people.She also emphasises the impacts of stress on health constantly but does not examine systemic disparities like race, class, caste, region, and sexuality among others, which are important influential factors She waxes eloquent on the misogyny in gynaecology without once mentioning how it was founded on the illtreatment of black women There are multiple repetitive chapters about how the modern american lifestyle and diet greatly precipitate the development of autoimmune disease, while never considering that a significant population in the global south get the same diseases too She constantly makes grand sweeping statements without contextualising them, which is honestly dangerous and irresponsible, because I can already tell many people with no medical background are going to be using this personal account of one individual s experiences as a scientific textThis may be one reason you don t see WOMIs virtually at all in the developing worldThis is completely false And I m now really fucking pissed People in the global south, especially those marginalised because of gender, caste, class etc, already face immense difficulty even accessing medical care, and having their illnesses recognised, diagnosed and treated So thanks for erasing us completely If this is the kind of research she did for this book, I m not surprised it s full of nonsense Also I don t understand how she advocates Just Eating Real Food and in the same breath says never eat grains and beans What does a meal of Real Food even look like without grains and beans What do words mean I almost abandoned this several times I will not be recommending it to anyone Woman I have chronic painSexist doctor kingly flourish I diagnose you with HYSTERIAWoman S.D Woman S.D Woman S.D I ll refer you to a proctologist to have that uterus checked out.Woman What S.D Try not to cry your womanly tears all over the floor on the way out. BuT YoU LoOk FiNe How many different ways have you thought, spoken, or applied these words to someone else How often have they assaulted your own ears Tormented you in private Cropped up again and again throughout your life to spiral you into frustration then into disappointment in seconds How many times have you heard them launch from the mouths of the people you love, the strangers you ve only just met, the doctors who have no definitive answers, no diagnoses as of yet, or the friend BuT YoU LoOk FiNe How many different ways have you thought, spoken, or applied these words to someone else How often have they assaulted your own ears Tormented you in private Cropped up again and again throughout your life to spiral you into frustration then into disappointment in seconds How many times have you heard them launch from the mouths of the people you love, the strangers you ve only just met, the doctors who have no definitive answers, no diagnoses as of yet, or the friends who surely mean well but simply do not comprehend what it means for you to be chronically sick As the author points out, and as, I, and many other sufferers of a mysterious illness know, those four little words have the power to aggrieve a person straight through to the soul They sting a little Slam like a brick across your chest Hearing them spoken even in a kindly or a sympathetic fashion sometimes has the capacity to make you feel absolutely wretched inside instead of gratified or uplifted because you can t help but think how at odds those words are with how your body feels and functions seven days a week, twenty four hours a day, minute to minute in the throws of disease that grants you no rest It s impossible not to be affected by such a harmless pronouncement wounded even It can be difficult to accept the sentiment behind them when relentless, often debilitating, flu minor symptoms are underscored or invalidated by person after person merely because you may have the so called appearance of good healthYou look great they say Too bad I never feel that way, you want to retort but don t Talk about a tough pill to swallow day after day, right Especially for those of us who are already swallowing prescribed pills and exhaustion all the time as it is The harrowing truth of this book is that disease of the chronic autoimmune mysterious variety tends to be invisible, meaning it s often indiscernible to the naked eye as well as opaque to easy diagnosis and simple cure alls Ramey makes sure to highlight the brutal reality of what that signifies Which yep, you guessed it can be uncomfortable to read let alone to imagine experiencing yourself.I admire the painstaking honesty and comfort she offers to readers in this memoir, though She doesn t shy away from recounting her own medical horror stories, from detailing her own health epiphanies, from listing alternative remedies functional medicine programs she s used to try and improve her quality of life She isn t afraid to address the stigmatization that surrounds women s health, either The sexism She also talks about the embedded systemic problem of physicians who constantly throw out pills, procedures, wrong or psychological diagnoses without truly listening to their women patients Oooh boy, have I been there and done that In fact, I think the importance of listening of really, truly listening to women was my biggest takeaway Something else that was particularly revelatory is how this book underlines the disconnect that exists between how invisibly ill people FEEL all the time and the way others PERCEIVE how they feel based on what they can see or judge with their eyes Ramey talks about the chasm that creates A cleft that tosses sick people on an island adrift, alone, where they re trying to reconcile the two sides of themselves Inner and Outer The Outer Self projects a smiling okayness to avoid judgment from those who don t understand what they re feeling while the Inner Self swallows, swallows, swallows all the Things She Cannot Say Or Show until she flames out like a meteorite Collapsing inwardly from the strain of pretending she was fine when, in fact, she wasn t fine at all Not once the the entire time As someone who s constantly waging this Inner Outer battle with invisible illness myself, reading about it was like receiving a shock of affirmation to my conscious mind It was a wow, you split like this all the time realization, for sure And I appreciated that I needed it Commiseration, solidarity, patience, frustration, empathy, whatever you want to call it I got all that from this andFor Ramey, and for other WOMI s like her, navigating ill health is messy, complicated, and ongoing It is a journey that is equal parts hopeful and disheartening, relentless and abating Sometimes it s as cruel as it is kind, as dark as it is light, but do you know what If you open your ears not just your eyes you ll realize why all of this is so important to know.Many thanks to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for the ARC


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