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Suzy Szasz






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Prometheus Books; 1 edition (October 1, 1995)





Lupus e-book

by Suzy Szasz

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This book helped me learn to live with a chronic illness. By A Customer I think it took a lot of courage for Ms. Szasz to write this book.

Suzy Szasz has written: 'Lupus' - subject(s): Systemic lupus erythematosus, Patients, Health, Biography. Constitutes Psychiatric Slavery is a book written by Thomas Szasz. This book is about committing violent and unjust acts. What has the author Ferenc Morton Szasz written? Ferenc Morton Szasz has written: 'Larger than life' - subject(s): Biography, History. What has the author Suzy Cohen written? Suzy Cohen has written: 'Diabetes without drugs' - subject(s): Alternative treatment, Naturopathy, Diabetes 'L' enfance au coeur' - subject(s): History, Preschool teachers, Nursery schools, Biography, Women in education 'Sa vie, c'est le jeu'.

Responses published by Suzy Szasz Palmer on Medium. I’ve been living with a chronic illness - lupus - for more than 50 years. The Uncomfortable Uncertainty that Accompanies Chronic Illness. Yes, chronic means unpredictable, limiting, uncertain. You can choose to focus on these, or instead focus on your passions, your abilities, and the joys of everyday life that others take for granted. Grammar as Resistance in the Trump Era.

Suzy Szasz, American librarian, writer. Winner New York State essay contest Philip Morris Company, 1987. Church historian 1st Congregational Church, Ithaca, since 1997. Member Phi Beta Kappa. Suzy Szasz, American librarian, writer.

This work is a courageous account of living with a chronic illness, a powerful lesson in self-determination, and a personal declaration of independence.
Ms. Szasz' journey with lupus is decidedly atypical, and could unduly alarm many who suffer from lupus. Yet, her pluckiness and approach to her illness can help the faint of heart advocate for themselves in dealing with their illness and with their physicians. Although I often felt that her relational functionings left something to be desired, and felt this was a book I wouldn't want to own, in the end, I had formed an affection for her. I often remember and savor the lessons I learned and her wry wit. Finishing the book was like saying goodbye to an enigmatic friend who has lived life with bravery and zest, and who taught you a few flourishes along the way..
This is not a book which details symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of lupus, but rather, as the author states, a book about what it is like to live daily with a chronic illness whose effects are not readily apparent nor understood by those who surround its target.
I have read this book over 6 times and I always catch something new. Thanks to this book it helped me cope a little with the medication my doctor has put me on. This is a wonderful read and very informative.
Can a person live a flourishing, purpose-filled life in spite of chronic illness and near constant pain? According to author Suzy Szasz, the answer is a resounding, "yes". Szasz's book, Lupus. Living With It: Why You Don't Have To Be Healthy to Be Happy, is written with an enthusiasm for life. Despite her constant battle with the exhausting chronic illness, Lupus, Szasz retains her meaning in life by refusing to become a victim of her disease.

From reading Suzy's book, I found that she accepts the existentialist challenge of creating meaning for herself, rather than endlessly searching for meaning. She maintains her dignity by refusing to play the victim role. Although she rightly could have accepted such a role given her situation.

Instead of just blindly accepting the advice of her physicians, she does research for herself, reading journal articles that she can only halfway understand. At one point, she and her father visit a world-renowned physician who specializes in Lupus. The physician fails to address Suzy as a person (making her out to be a mere object) and tells her to dramatically increase her steroid medication. When her father asks about harmful side effects of the drug, "but doctor, won't that destroy her bones?", the specialist glibly responds that her bones are not her concern right now. Rather than accepting the advice, Suzy does her own research and eventually finds a way to keep her disease from flaring up by getting a splenectomy.

The key insight I took away from this stimulating book was to refuse to see yourself as a victim, no matter how tempting it is to do so. Suzy was able to give her life meaning through constantly striving in academics, work, writing, and the refusal to be victimized by a relentless illness. For those of us who still have our health, we should all the more so refuse to be victims of our own making.
I think it took a lot of courage for Ms. Szasz to write this book. It really delves into her past personal life and shows a person how to try and deal with life on a day to day basis. Having a chronic illness is no piece of cake and to me when I read about her getting up and going to work everyday and trying to live as normal a life as possible, it encouraged me to do the same. Some may say that it gives readers a sense that they will go through exactly what the author has, but if the patient has been properly educated by their physician that shouldn't happen. By the time I finished her book, like one other stated I felt that I just said goodbye to a close friend and also 'Thank You'. Thank you, not only for showing me that you can live a normal life, but in all honesty, you should without ever lowering your expectations or changing your dreams.
This book is highly recommendable for anyone who has to contend with disease and physicians, which is most of us. Suzy Szasz, daughter of the brilliant psychiatrist-philosopher Thomas Szasz, contends with the vicissitudes of health and life intelligently and gracefully. Despite her debilitating condition she isn't debilitated: she doesn't become the obligatory American victim. Some readers will resent her relentless stand against personal adversity since it tilts against the modern American spirit. Others will admire her and take away the unspoken lessons of her quiet courage. You will find no whining in this book and no scapegoating. There is an implicit warning, though: you had better be armed with knowledge before you hand yourself over to the doctors. Your interests may not be identical to theirs
I, too, was fascinated with the author's journey and disturbed by her relationships with others. She is judgemental and critical of those upon whom she relies. And she relies on them very, very much. Obviously she comes from wealth and means,never struggling with the pain and difficulties that come from financial ruin, dealing with Social Security Disability, poverty and working, even while very sick, when your very survival depends upon it. Not all of us have Wealthy Doctor Daddy to rescue us whenever we are in trouble. Having said that, I relate to and admire her chutzpah in dealing with her doctors, her efforts to be informed and educated about her illness and her willingness to take responsibility for managing her illness. Her story is most useful in showing persons with chronic illness how to manage their care and advocate for themselves. It is a compelling story, nonetheless!

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