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Shattered: Life with M.E.
Harper Collins, 2003
In Shattered, Lynn Michell tells of haunting episodes in her own life with M.E., a ‘still life’ suspended by a svagely capricious illness, as well as the stories of many others – men, women and young people. These voices convey the complexity of M.E., an illness which deals out a slightly different hand of cards each time it strikes.
This tapestry of voices is held together by Lynn’s own intelligent, loving, and often angry commentary. And her purpose is unwavering throughout: to help others find acknowledgement and validation in a cruel world.
A timely and powerfully written book and Lynn Michell is uniquely qualified to write it.
— Bernard MacLaverty, author of Cal, Lamb, Grace Notes, The Anatomy School
Shattered is a powerfully written account of life with ME — an unpredictable and devastating illness. Definitely a ‘There but for the grace of God go I” book, and one that should throw some much-needed light on this terrible condition.
— Tuam Herald, June 2003
The stories by other ME patients work to solidify Michell’s broad but well-rounded overview of a life made more difficult by an invisible chronic illness. Identifying with the ME stories in this book reminds us that we are not alone in this fight.
— CF Alliance Newsletter 2003
Inspiring stories, not simply of broken lives, but of survival and hope in the face of terrible adversity.
— Dr Vance Spence, Chairman of MERGE
I highly recommend it to all who suffer from ME/CFS… Shattered is a good eye-opener for carers, friends and relatives of sufferers who may not understand what it’s really like to live with such a debilitating illness.