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I have recently been reading an amazingly well written book by Edie Summers Called, "The Memory of Health, My Journey to mindful Living & Concious Comsunerism." Not only did Edie open up to all her readers about her journey with health, she also provided numerous resources and information that can be used by people in all walks of life. I know the book was about her journey of being unwell, however the information she provided on numerous topics that could be beneficial to a non chronically ill person. I loved how she did not stick to just one form of writing. She had pieces from her journal, poetry, pictures and of course the informational parts. Her vulnerability was that which is not seen in a lot of book. And something that I really appreciated. The extra resources she provides at the end of the book at well worth the prices of the book. You couldn't find a more comprehensive array of resources really anywhere. Edie pointed out at one point that health is NOT one-size fits all. And this point really stuck with me. It seems like In the medical field the doctors want everyone to fit into this list of checkmarks, boxes and the same mold. And Edie's point made me really think about how that's just not the case. Not just with us who are chronically ill. But all people. No one persons health is going to be the same as any other one persons health and that's something we all need to remember. Every Lupus patient is going to be vastly different from another. I also really enjoyed that she talked about multiple chronic illnesses. Not just what she has been dealing with. So many books today focus just on one type of illness, and she discussed many and did a great job doing so!! I learned a LOT about conditions I do not have but know people who do!! And this helps me in my profession to be more well rounded and a better caregiver. But I think my favorite part of the whole book was Chapter 5. Which is entitled The Memory of Health. In this chapter she talks about things that we as readers can do to improve our health. She talks about Self-love which is super important and something that many people struggle with, myself included! Overall, this book was FABULOUS. One of the best books I've ever read on health. It was so easy to read because of the way she broke it up and because she used so many different ways to convey the information. I would give this book 4⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (on a four star scale) And would/will be recommending it for all to read. I will be recommending this book to those in my support groups. As well as to those I know with chronic conditions similar to mine who aren't in groups. I would also recommend that families or friends of those with chronic illnesses read this so they can develop a better understanding of what we go through on a day to day basis!!! There is nothing better than having family and friends who understand what you are going through and aren't judgemental. I feel like there would be less judgement from those around us if they would take time to read this fantastic book!!
If you would like to read the book you can find it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Health-Edie-Summers/dp/0997273801/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470935257&sr=8-1&keywords=the+memory+of+health+edie+summers
Or you can also find it here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/edie-summers/thememoryofhealth/paperback/product-23109444.html
And the link to Edie's website!
http://portlandwellnesscoach.com/ Happy Reading!