What Her Body Thought

Author: Susan Griffin
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062094343
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In this boldly intimate and intelligent blend of personal memoir, social history, and cultural criticism, Susan Griffin profoundly illuminates our understanding of illness. She explores its physical, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects, revealing how it magnifies our yearning for connection and reconciliation. Griffin begins with a gripping account of her own harrowing experiences with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), a potentially life-threatening illness that has been misconstrued and marginalized through the label "psychosomatic." Faced with terrifying bouts of fatigue, pain, and diminished thinking, the shame of illness, and the difficulty of being told you are "not really ill," she was driven to understand how early childhood loss made her susceptible to disease. Alongside her own story, Griffin weaves in her fascinating interpretation of the story of Marie du Plessis, popularized as the fictional Camille, an eighteenth-century courtesan whose young life was taken by tuberculosis. In the old story, Griffin finds contemporary themes of "money, bills, creditors, class, social standing, who is acceptable and who not, who is to be protected and who abandoned." In our current economy, she sees "how to be sick can impoverish, how poverty increases the misery of sickness, and how the implicit violence of this process wounds the soul as well as the body." Griffin insists that we must tell our stories to maintain our own integrity and authority, so that the sources of suffering become visible and validated. She writes passionately of a society where we are all cared for through "the rootedness of our connections. How the wound of being allowed to suffer points to a need to meet at the deepest level, to make an exchange at the nadir of life and death, the giving and taking which will weave a more spacious fabric of existence, communitas, community." Her views of the larger problems of illness and society are deeply illuminating.

Stricken

Author: Peggy Munson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135411743
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Develop a better understanding of what CFS/CFIDS sufferers are going through! In the 1980s, a strange emerging epidemic baffled doctors in Incline Village, Nevada. Dismissed by the media as “The Yuppie Flu,” Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) turned out to be neither a faddish disease of the wealthy nor a passing trend, but rather a growing worldwide epidemic of devastating proportions. In the voices of a South African journalist, a former marathon runner, a teenage girl, a public health activist living on the edge of race and gender, a cancer patient neglected by doctors because of disdain for her chronic illness, and a theologian relearning the art of spiritual empathy, the people who share their stories in Stricken: Voices from the Hidden Epidemic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome defy cultural stereotypes and explore the complex social and political dynamics of this hidden epidemic. Through their distinct points of view, we feel the grief and hope of those stricken with CFIDS and learn of the complex nature of this misunderstood disorder. These are compelling stories about a quiet and baffling epidemic. The first American anthology to contain stories from a diverse range of people with CFIDS, Stricken offers an intimate look at the political and social issues surrounding CFIDS, as told by those who are living through this ordeal. Stricken addresses several issues, such as: why some doctors still do not believe CFIDS is real how the disease is mocked in the media myths about this illness the personal fight for medical or public recognition the skepticism and hope that is felt by the ever-growing number of CFIDS sufferers Stricken confronts fascinating CFIDS issues such as the Kevorkian suicides, accusations of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy, Gulf War Syndrome, the role of storytelling in a memory-impaired patient movement, and the feasibility of mass activism in a disabled population. With contributions from Pulitzer-prize nominated writer Susan Griffin, renowned health writer and radio host Gary Null, well-known feminist activist Joan Nestle, and award-winning poet and essayist Floyd Skloot, Stricken is an eloquent testament to the heroism, defiance, and diversity of the CFIDS community.

Working in the Shadows

Author: Gabriel Thompson
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458770362
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What is it like to do the back-breaking work of immigrants? To find out, Gabriel Thompson spent a year working alongside Latino immigrants, who initially thought he was either crazy or an undercover immigration agent. He stooped over lettuce fields in Arizona, and worked the graveyard shift at a chicken slaughterhouse in rural Alabama. He dodged taxis - not always successfully - as a bicycle delivery ''boy'' for an upscale Manhattan restaurant, and was fired from a flower shop by a boss who, he quickly realized, was nuts. As one coworker explained, ''These jobs make you old quick.'' Back spasms occasionally keep Thompson in bed, where he suffers recurring nightmares involving iceberg lettuce and chicken carcasses. Combining personal narrative with investigative reporting, Thompson shines a bright light on the underside of the American economy, exposing harsh working conditions, union busting, and lax government enforcement - while telling the stories of workers, undocumented immigrants, and desperate US citizens alike, forced to live with chronic pain in the pursuit of $8 an hour.

In the Shadow of a Badge

Author: Lillie Leonardi
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
ISBN: 1401942385
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Former law enforcement professional Lillie Leonardi has always lived with her feet planted in two separate worlds--the metaphysical and the physical. In the Shadow of a Badge, her previously self-published spiritual memoir, takes you on a dramatic journey of what happens when Leonardi's two very distinct realities become dangerously intertwined. During her work at the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, surrounding the fateful events of September 11th, Leonardi is forced to confront her connection to the divine--something she has struggled with since her youth. Her gripping personal account of the 12 days she spent acting as an FBI liaison between the law enforcement and social service agencies carries you into a world that combines the factual and logistical with the angelic and mystical. After witnessing what she describes as a "field of angels" during her first minutes at the crash site, Leonardi must finally reconcile the opposing sides of her life. We walk with her through the diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, experience the guilt and fear that grip her, and witness the remarkable transformation of her soul as she discovers that forgiveness, of self and others, can be the best remedy. As an inspiring example of what it really means to be called to service, Leonardi shows that it's never too late to find your spiritual path and life's purpose.

Love Death

Author: Forrest Church
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807097144
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On February 4, 2008, Forrest Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation, informing them that he had terminal cancer but promising to sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been so pervasive in his work-love and death. The goal of life, Church tells us, "is to live in such a way that our lives will prove worth dying for." This moving book is imbued with ideas and exemplars for achieving that goal.

Belly Dance Pilgrimage and Identity

Author: Barbara Sellers-Young
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 134994954X
Format: PDF
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This book examines the globalization of belly dance and the distinct dancing communities that have evolved from it. The history of belly dance has taken place within the global flow of sojourners, immigrants, entrepreneurs, and tourists from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. In some cases, the dance is transferred to new communities within the gender normative structure of its original location in North Africa and the Middle East. Belly dance also has become part of popular culture’s Orientalist infused discourse. The consequence of this discourse has been a global revision of the solo dances of North Africa and the Middle East into new genres that are still part of the larger belly dance community but are distinct in form and meaning from the dance as practiced within communities in North Africa and the Middle East.

Dreaming through Darkness

Author: Charlie Morley
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
ISBN: 1781808937
Format: PDF
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The Shadow is the part of us made up of all that we hide from others: our shame, our fears and our wounds, but also our divine spirit, our blinding beauty and our hidden talents. The Shadow is not bad – in fact it is the source of our creativity and power – but until we bring it into the light this power will remain untapped and our full potential unreached. Using practical exercises sourced from lucid dreaming and dream-work, Tibetan Buddhism and mindfulness meditation, this book explores how to: • Transform the dark and light shadow side • Meet the shadow through your dreams • Unlock your creativity • Transform Nightmares through lucid dreaming • Manifest your hidden potential • Make friends with fear & anxiety • Decrease stress through Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep This book will show you how to fearlessly embrace your shadow side in both your dreams and daily life, thereby manifesting the awakened power of your full potential.

Journey in Shadows and Sunshine

Author: Phyllis Miller Taylor
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1477281940
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This is the story of the Millen family, circa 1931 to 1945. The father is David and the mother is Eleanor. They have two daughters, hyperactive Grace, younger daughter, psychic Ann, and an infant son, Gilbert, who died when he was eight months old. After his son's death, David became increasingly abusive to Eleanor on Friday. She rationalized his abuse as a result of his grief over Gilbert's passing on Friday. As the years passed, David's abuse became extreme. When the girls were in their early teens, he struck Eleanor on the jaw and for the first time he knocked her unconscious. Grace ministered to her mother, but Ann stood toe-to-toe with her father, refusing to let him strike her mother again. Her ultimate reaction surprised, shamed and sobered him. He then realized it was time to reveal to his family the festering force that had been fueling his rage. His explanation for his ten-year reign of terror was stunning and almost unbelievable!

In the Shadow of Man

Author: Jane Goodall
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618056767
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A personal account of the author's life among wild chimpanzees in Africa offers insight into animal behavior and draws parallels between chimpanzee and human relationships.

Light in Shadows

Author: Adam MacDonald
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780988161412
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At the age of 12, Adam's 40 year old mother left the family for her 20 year old ski instructor. With the divorce leaving his father emotionally absent. Adam's life began to spiral downward. Living with friends and a surrogate family, he found himself threatened with a restraining order, kicked out of high school, living with a drug dealer and pushing away a girl he loved who gave him a chance. Losing his sense of self, Adam moved downtown with his band mates. When he woke up in the hospital a second time, it was then in his darkest hour with a poisoned body and a deeply troubled mind that it came to him - an epiphany of hope and awakening. Light in Shadows is a cautionary tale of adolescence, a young man's journey to his darkest corners where at his absolute end, he discovers his spiritual beginning.