Young People and Chronic Illness

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9781575420417: Young People and Chronic Illness

Presents true accounts of young people living with a chronic illness including how they have learned to cope and remain hopeful; also includes strategies for living with a chronic medical problem.

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Kelly Huegel is a freelance writer and communications consultant and has published over 50 articles and two books. Her first book, Young People and Chronic Illness, was hailed as "impressive" by VOYA and "solid" by Booklist. The book received widespread acclaim and was the subject of a full-page article in the Washington Post Health section. Her second book, GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens, will be released in March, 2003.

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Grade 5 Up-In the first section of this book, Huegel introduces 10 young people, each of whom has a chronic illness. They explain how they were diagnosed; medical management; and how they deal with family, friends, and school. They share how they have fashioned a satisfying life for themselves despite the limitations their conditions might impose. The diseases discussed are hemophilia, diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, congenital heart defect, and lupus. Each chapter is accompanied by a small black-and-white photograph of its subject, followed by questions and answers about the disease and a list of resources including organizations, books, and Web sites. Part two discusses strategies for managing an illness; maintaining a relationship with a doctor; dealing with friends, family, and school; battling fear of hospitals; finding a support group; and planning for the future. The text, written in a conversational, sympathetic tone, is sprinkled with upbeat quotes. Advice is terse, well organized, and to the point, making it easy to remember, if difficult to carry out. There are many books that relate stories about the disease of the month, but Huegel's focus is on how these kids manage their own lives and how their experiences can help others cope with chronic illness. A good choice for any collection.
Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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