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by Lisa Roney


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A poignant, painful life story.

A poignant, painful life story. Roney was diagnosed with diabetes in 1972, just before she turned 12. Since then, it has turned her life into a balancing act, an ongoing internal reckoning as to & a given interaction is worth the energy, about the timing of every walk, jog, movie, lecture, airline flight, nap, phone conversation, and meal. Her story is cold water in the face of the oft-held attitude that diabetes is simply a condition easily handled by medication and a prudent lifestyle. While the book revolves around diabetes as the central theme in Lisa's life, it is much more about the human condition of how we all must deal with our imperfections and fears, whatever they may be.

Sweet Invisible Body a detailed portrait of what it's like coping with life's daily minutiae bearing a seemingly . Lisa Roney is a brilliant, delightful, and well-balanced person. She is an extremely successful professional in her field.

Sweet Invisible Body a detailed portrait of what it's like coping with life's daily minutiae bearing a seemingly invisible onus. Lisa Roney grew up in Memphis and Knoxville, Tennessee. Within five minutes of meeting, Lisa disclosed her diabetes to me, but never dwelled on it. She was very open and realistic in discussing her struggles whenever the context was appropriate, but was positive towards life and was not negative or depressing, as some have speculated.

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An uncommonly intelligent and honest look at how living with a disease can affect every aspect of a person's life. Diabetes is one of the strangest and most insidious of all diseases: a diabetic can give the appearance of robust health and often lead a long and active life, but within moments can be catastrophically ill, even dead. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, where over 16 million people have the disease.

'If a male could rescue me the situation seemed outwardly almost normal, as though I were simply a weak female, not a sick person,'' she writes in her first book, ''Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life With Diabetes'' (Henry Holt & Company). When Ms. Roney was 11, she learned she had diabetes, the most serious form in which the pancreas fails to produce any of the hormone needed to process sugar. Now 39, Ms. Roney has been giving herself daily glucose tests and insulin injections for nearly three decades. Ms. Roney also describes a constant awareness of mortality that begins the moment she wakes up and follows her in her sleep.

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Now in paperback, this vivid and often beautifully written account of the realities of diabetes (Chicago Tribune) is essential reading for diabetics and their friends and families. Lisa Roney was diagnosed with diabetes just before her twelfth birthday. This is her candid and exquisitely written account of how the disease directly affects the choices she makes every day, in every aspect of her life, from food and exercise to career and family. What sets this apart from other testimonies about living with an illness is Roney's remarkable willingness to reveal the usually hidden emotional consequences of her affliction: erosion of her self-esteem, feelings of vulnerability, the influence on her sexual choices, and heightened awareness of mortality. Full of wisdom, humor, and practical advice, Sweet Invisible Body will be welcomed by diabetics and their friends and families who have never before had a spokesperson as articulate, honest, and insightful as Lisa Roney.

Comments: (7)

Agarus
I had the unique opportunity to meet one-on-one, have phone conversations, and exchange emails with the author while I was reading this work. Lisa Roney is a brilliant, delightful, and well-balanced person. She is an extremely successful professional in her field.

Within five minutes of meeting, Lisa disclosed her diabetes to me, but never dwelled on it. She was very open and realistic in discussing her struggles whenever the context was appropriate, but was positive towards life and was not negative or depressing, as some have speculated.

As a non-diabetic unfamiliar with the disease, the book itself provided me great insight and empathy for what Lisa and others have dealt with each day of their lives. While the book revolves around diabetes as the central theme in Lisa's life, it is much more about the human condition of how we all must deal with our imperfections and fears, whatever they may be.

Written in a lovely style, the author is never afraid to expose her sensitivity and vulnerabilities, though it also displays that she can be tough as nails in dealing with the paradox of accepting her life's obstacles while tenaciously pursuing its promise.

"Would it not be better to mark the interval together, looking at what is really here, seeing others, telling the truth about our bodies, neither so perfect as we might hope nor so horrible as we dread?"

I also became aware that since the book was published advances in care have been brought about by the insulin pump. It has greatly improved Lisa's life with its flexibility and increased control.

"Sweet Invisible Body" is not for someone who wants life to be all sugar-coated and Pollyannish. Nonetheless, ultimately this is a story of acceptance, endurance, hope, and beauty.
POFOD
Ms. Roney's beautifully written memoir describes all too accurately what it is like to be at once separate from one's chronic illness and yet aware that separating oneself from the disease is impossible. I found the book's reflections on how diabetes affected every aspect of her life to be right on target, and I identified with much of what she said. I love the prose, too, and have recommended the book to friends, healthy and otherwise!
great ant
I read this book to try to understand diabetes better, since my step-daughter is diabetic. The good - I love the first part. There were many insights into the emotional side of the disease that I hadn't thought of. They helped me have conversations with my step-daughter that I wouldn't have thought to have. It helped my step-daughter feel heard. The bad - the author felt that her diabetes was the source of her loneliness and troubles with friendships and men. In every way, with every disappointment, diabetes was at fault. For example, the author lot of sex, which she talks about in great detail, but as soon as she gets an STD, it is the fault of diabetes. (I'm not disagreeing with the science, just that it isn't that strange for a person who has a lot of sex to get an STD.) She also described feeling that the loneliness of a diabetic person is more profound than other diseases, handicaps, situations and the like. I agree it is unique, but I don't agree it is worse.

This is fine as one person's experience that some other folks will identify with, but I hope people don't think of this as THE diabetic experience. Many diabetics have friends and family and live a happy life, even with the additional challenges.

I shared ideas in this book with my step-daughter. I did not share the book with her. It feels like there is a light side and a dark side in reacting to this disease and the author chose the dark side. I'm not saying that she is wrong, just that I chose not to share her story with my step-daughter.
Goldendragon
This book was recommended to me by my very good friend who is a Type 1 diabetic. He said he had been trying for years (when first diagnosed 30 something years ago) to find information and resources on the emotional aspect of being a diabetic. He could find all kinds of information on numbers. He said this book was the first book he read that really described the internal feelings, etc. of being a diabetic that he could relate to. I read it and it was EXCELLENT. Using her very descriptive words and analagies - she does such a good job of describing what it is like to be diabetic. In talking about chocolate . . . "... the easy sense of an appreciative universe would gone forever. I would miss that far more than any sweets." In describing the balancing act of eating, exercise, emotions, etc. "Thus I developed my sense of the fine balance between high and low that is of utmost importance, this high-wire act that requires constant tuning and adjustment. ... But it is hypoglycemia that can kill you on any given day when you least expect it and so hangs like a cleaver in your consciousness." She talks about travel and the worry of good care that might not be available. She talks about social aspects. It really helped me, as a non-diabetic, to have more of an understanding of what it is truly like to be diabetic.
Gir
As a Type I diabetic of 33 years, I was looking for an affirmation of the physco/social difficulties this disease creates. I hoped to have a tool to share with my own family and friends and to recommend to others. Unfortunately,this book will not be that tool. I think that Type I diabetics will feel less alone after reading this book BUT the lack of explanations of many technical terms thrown out in the beginning chapters will turn off the many Type II (older adult) diabetics and the general public. Ms Roney has some excellent descriptions of the constant mental gymnastics we must undergo to stay healthy. I think , however, that her particular personal trouble with horrifying nightime reactions could frighten away many people contemplating a tight blood sugar control regime (shown to lessen complications) and makes me wonder about the quality of her medical care. The writing of this memoir is at times moving and emotional but mostly very choppy without smooth transitions between topics. Summary - we have needed a book that is not a Pollyanna story about the 'perfect diabetic' but this memoir is not it.
Sweet Invisible Body: Reflections on a Life with Diabetes download epub
Diseases & Physical Ailments
Author: Lisa Roney
ISBN: 0805056459
Category: Health, Fitness & Dieting
Subcategory: Diseases & Physical Ailments
Language: English
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (August 1, 2000)
Pages: 320 pages