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Her new book, Sick & Tired: Empathy, Encouragement, and Practical Help for those Suffering with Chronic Health Problems, along with its companion, Laughter for the Sick & Tired, are for the nearly 1 out of every 2 people in America who live with chronic illness.
Let’s find out more: Welcome, Kimberly. Tell us why you wrote Sick & Tired. After having health problems for over 15 years, I wanted a book that was funny, empathetic, encouraging, and a reminder that God loved me and had a purpose for me despite my limitations and pain. I couldn’t find that book, so I wrote it! I want others to read my book as a safe place where they feel believed, understood, and where they find a few reasons to smile!
Why do you believe this book is needed? People with chronic illness struggle with feeling alone in a healthy world, trying to pretend they can keep up, worried others think they are lazy or making their condition up. They are frustrated over doctors who chalk up their symptoms to depression, as well as the very real emotions of discouragement that naturally accompany lingering pain or an illness they always have to fight but can never defeat. People who suffer chronically need encouragement, help, and reasons to laugh! That’s what this book is for.
What are some of the book topics?
- How to explain your condition with confidence.
- The real and important process of grieving your loss.
- What to do when you’re ready to snap.
- Freedom from the weight of what other people think.
- When the smallest activities become a major hassle.
- The loss of your old identity and the presence of this new person you may not like yet.
Who is Sick & Tired for?
- Women who struggle feeling “less” due to chronic health problems and need to know they are not alone and there is help.
- Anyone with chronic health problems (over 100 million people in our country).
- Anyone who loves someone with chronic health problems (pretty much everybody else!)
For those who love someone with health problems, would this make a good gift for them? I definitely think so! Here’s why: No one understands a health sufferer like a fellow sufferer, and a short gift book from a person with a health condition to people with health conditions is the perfect gift because:
- though many would like to go to a conference or seminar on chronic health conditions, most of us would end up being sick on that particular day.
- though sometimes it helps to talk about our feelings and struggles, at the time we are feeling them, often we just want to be alone rather than talking, so it’s good to have a book on hand
- it feels so good to know someone out there understands, and a book can remind us of that fact over and over again.
- it gives helpful advice that is always accessible. Lastly, sick people don’t get out much; they need to get their encouragement in ways that do not require personal interaction, like from books.”
When is your book due for release? It’s up for launch June 26, 2013, on my birthday!! I’m doing some giveaways for the event, so sign up for the newsletter at www.kimberlyrae.com if you want the exclusive offer! Check out Kimberly’s new release, Sick & Tired: Empathy, Encouragement, and Practical Help for those Suffering with Chronic Health Problems
Thank you Kimberly for sharing with us. If you would like to comment on Kimberly’s posts feel free to do so below. I hope you have been encouraged by her courage and willingness to share. Kimberly also writes about human trafficing. She gets rather passionate about it, even! You can find out more about that on her website: www.kimberlyrae.com
And for the highly sensitive these emotional and psychological issues cut deeply and profoundly mess with your mind, self-image and sense of worth. And yet God made you highly sensitive knowing that you would also become chronically ill. Let this be the place you air your thoughts and feelings about God, yourself and others. I’d love to hear from you. See you next week.
Amazon Best Selling Author of The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive
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