Health issues are on everyone’s mind these days. As we slowly transition, at long last, away from our recent culture of utmost caution and consideration as far as our health is concerned and into one of jubilation as we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s crucial not to forget the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve walked this rocky road. Covid is still affecting the lives of countless people; let’s not forget the suffering of others even if we’re coming to the home stretch (and maybe finally getting out of our homes in doing so!). Meanwhile, Covid is only one of the ways that sickness can impact, and completely unhinge, our perception of “normal.”
Since that one particular illness has hogged the spotlight, others have been pushed to the sidelines. So below we’ve chosen six books that cover health crises that aren’t Covid because these, too, need increased visibility and further conversation. Many beleaguered individuals have gone through the wringer enduring horrible diseases, some of which are easily apparent from the outside and others more insidious.
A stroke may start with a dramatic collapse, but the aftermath is a long, wrenching internal healing process. There’s cancer, which may silently eat away at someone without flashy indications. Speaking of eating, there are disorders centered on food, which may cruelly manifest as praiseworthy weight loss while actually destroying a life. And so on.
Have I bummed you out too much? Well, the good news is that not all change is for the worse. Sometimes, intense pain and difficult periods of life lead to something great; increased self-awareness, for one thing, and maybe on the flip side, increased selflessness manifesting as activism, advocacy and a determination to bring about truly positive change. These life-altering medical crises pave the way forward into the future.