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The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness

by Sarah Ramey

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The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey
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    Mar 2020, 432 pages

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The darkly funny memoir of Sarah Ramey's years-long battle with a mysterious illness that doctors thought was all in her head - but wasn't. A revelation and an inspiration for millions of women whose legitimate health complaints are ignored.

In her harrowing, defiant, and unforgettable memoir, 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 psychological.
 
The 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 conditions--autoimmune illnesses, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, chronic pain, and many more. Ramey's pursuit of a diagnosis and cure for her own mysterious illness becomes a page-turning medical mystery that 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 connections to the state of our microbiomes. Her book will open eyes, change lives, and, ultimately, change medicine.

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Kirkus Reviews
Impassioned testimony of a fight for health.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[I]lluminating... Ramey's uncanny grit and fortitude will deeply inspire the multitudes facing similar issues.

Booklist (starred review)
A visceral, scathing, erudite read that digs deep into how modern medicine continues to fail women and what can be done about it.

Author Blurb Chelsea Clinton, co-author of The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience
Sarah Ramey's candor in discussing more than a decade of pain, confusion, and dismissal by countless doctors is matched by compassion for herself and every woman who has been told that her symptoms are only in her head, even when she knows her body is screaming...it's a book with something resonant and useful for all of us. It's also, not incidentally, a terrific read.

Author Blurb Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Sarah Ramey is a person of uncommon wit, bravery, compassion, honesty, and intellect. Every one of those qualities is on full display in this unflinching, important, and stunningly written memoir, which gives voice to millions of women whose experiences and pain have been ignored and minimized.

Author Blurb Alisa Vitti, author of In The FLO and founder of FLO Living
With brilliant storytelling, Sarah Ramey tells of her experience with a mysterious illness while weaving in a practical roadmap for the woman who is overwhelmed, confused, depressed, desperate, and suffering with confusing symptoms...A masterwork and a page-turning, fantastic read.

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