Sick & Tired: Empathy, Encouragement, and Practical Help for Those Suffering with Chronic Disease, by Kimberly Rae.
Kimberly Rae begins her book like this: “Sometimes I want to slap a sticky note on my forehead that says, ‘I am sick. No, I don’t look sick at this moment. But, I am not faking having a disease just because I’m not in a wheelchair, and I am not a freak.'”
Of course, she explains she wouldn’t actually do that—since doing so would make her a freak for sure—and she explains life with chronic illness from the viewpoint of someone who has lived for many years with illnesses you don’t necessarily see.
This is a book for two kinds of people: the chronically ill, and everyone else.
If you know what it’s like to be sick with the kinds of illnesses people can’t see (a whole list here, including fibromyalgia, cancer, and hundreds more), you’ll find a friend in Kimberly Rae. She will help you laugh and cry and understand those around you—why they react to your illness in the most ignorant ways, and how you can actually help them.
If you are in the second category, you can’t possibly understand those who are chronically ill, but this book will help you empathize with and help them. Sick and Tired helps you to know what to do—and not do—for your friends. It will help you know what to say and not say. It assists you in knowing how to show you care in a loving, Christian way.
One of the major things I love about all of Kimberly Rae’s books is her non-condemning spirit. Here again, her purpose is to instruct and enlighten and even to entertain, but she does them all without making anyone feel “less than.” You’ll enjoy her ridiculous comics and funny quotes throughout. This book also works as a study, with questions for discussion and reflection at the end of each chapter.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the book, Sick and Tired, to you.