Fatigue by Jennifer Acker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The book is about the author’s journey on weathering her illness called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronis Fatigue Syndrome, or it’s known by its acronym ME/CFS. In her book, she described that ME/CFS is a disease that causes both mental and physical fatigue, gastrointestinal and immune problems, sleep disruption, widespread muscle and joint pain, dizziness, and susceptibility to secondary disorders (p.4)
While she is facing slow recovery, six months later, her husband begins to feel a spike of pain on his left arm, and then on his right arm. His doctor said he develops frozen shoulders in both arms that usually occur to older women with diabetes or some kind of injury.
She can’t function alone and needs constant tending; now, they both need help. Switching from an independent life to a new life of interdependence isn’t easy since ‘they didn’t know how to depend on each other’ (p.8).
However, their illnesses have drawn them together into a strong, loving, and grateful relationship. At the end of the book, the author said, ‘The path of dependence is not always smooth or easy. But it is our path, and together we clear the meddlesome weeds and keep the ground as level as we can’. (p.34)
It’s a touching and heartwarming story. No self-pity in the story but sharing about the difficulties that she and her husband have encountered. Something that we, the readers, could learn from them.