medical-mysterySeeking the answer to a medical mystery is not a journey for the faint of  heart, as award-winning science and math writer Julie Rehmeyer discovered. When traditional medicine couldn’t get to the bottom of her debilitating symptoms, she began her own investigation of what might be causing her symptoms.

Has a doctor ever kept telling you “it’s just stress?”

Have you ever felt that something horrible was fundamentally wrong with your body because no treatment helped?

Have you ever felt you had nowhere to turn to find relief? or answers?

Are you frustrated that your illness is being treated like a medical mystery?

All this and more was true for Rehmeyer, who chronicles her journey in the excellent memoir, Through the Shadowlands: a Science Writer’s Odyssey into an Illness Science Doesn’t Understand.

It’s a riveting story of her search to find the root of debilitating symptoms that kept her from living a full life. Traditional medicine and its diagnostics/treatment got nowhere and so she relentlessly worked to find answers, herself. Because like anyone with a chronic condition, she wanted a better life.

It’s human nature to give up out of frustration–I know many who have. When you don’t feel well, it’s hard to muster the strength to be your own healing practitioner. And yet, that’s just what Julie managed to do.

There’s love, there’s spirituality and yes, there’s hope in this book, and it’s one that anyone with a chronic illness –or who loves someone suffering from one–should read.

I’m giving away a couple copies of Through the Shadowlands. Just comment and say you want to be entered in the giveaway drawing. Make sure a valid email address is used in your comment.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.

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