If there was ever a book about chronic pain and illness that was enjoyable to read, this is the book. Allison Alexander’s take on being chronically sick is insightful, creative, and engrossing, which makes it hard to put down. She lightens the mood and makes palatable what is normally a very serious subject by weaving together superhero and pop culture references with her unique, humourous voice and keen observations. Alexander is down-to-earth, relatable, and frank, which makes reading her book feel like having a cozy chat with an empathetic friend.
Unlike most books on the topic, SUPER SICK left me feeling inspired, empowered, and confident that I have much to share with the world, even if I’m not your typical superhero."
Allison writes about the life-altering impact of a serious invisible illness with compelling honesty. A validating read for anyone living with a debilitating illness—and a much-needed course for health care professionals, who still aren't taught how to see the extraordinary expertise our patients bring so that we might support and empower them with dignity and respect."
With SUPER SICK, Alexander has created a resource that will be valuable to so many living with chronic illnesses. Her use of superpowers from fantasy fiction as examples of struggles and challenges allows those who are suffering to see the needs and pain they share. Nothing is off the table in this book and I admired Allison's frankness and honesty about her condition, involving both bladder and bowel, and her journey through dealing with judgement, finding love, managing work, and balancing illness with sexual desires. I highly recommend this refreshing, original and immensely helpful read!
Warm and down to earth, Super Sick offers real talk about the ordinary heroism of living with a chronic illness—from dating to navigating a medical system that often dismisses women's pain. It is a window into the difficulties of being sick in a culture that valourizes health and a much-needed challenge to that culture.
Allison Alexander uses the many superheroes in our culture to inspire readers not to think of themselves as anything less than super humans even though they may be struggling with their health. More than anything, this book is about courage—the courage to face your fears about your health and the courage to keep fighting for your dignity. Through her personal story (which she shares with refreshing candor and honesty), interviews with others, and examples from cultural superheroes, this special book points the way to making peace with your life no matter what obstacles you face.