'Sick Lit': 6 Captivating Novels Starring Chronically Ill Characters | The Health Sessions

‘Sick Lit’: 6 Captivating Novels Starring Chronically Ill Characters

Great stories remind us that we are not alone. Despite our differences, we all have similar struggles, fears, dreams and hopes. By identifying with a book’s character, we can see our own situation from another point of view and discover new ways to deal with our problems.

But what if you have a hard time finding fictional figures you can relate with?

‘Sick lit’ is the somewhat questionable name for a new genre of novels, featuring characters who are faced with illness. Following John Green’s blockbuster book The Fault in Our Stars, lots of gripping stories about terminally ill teenagers and their tragic romances have hit the book shops and movie theaters.

However, there haven’t been many novels written that put living with chronic illness in the spotlight. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising, because let’s face it, being chronically ill is kinda boring. Instead of going on ‘before-I-die’ adventures, life with MS, chronic migraine or Lyme disease feels more like an endless repetition of doctor’s visits, therapy and sick days in bed.

Fortunately, the sick lit below shows a glimpse of what it’s like to be diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, HIV and osteogenesis imperfecta. And although they’re mostly young adult novels, the older ones among us can still relate to the medical dilemmas, everyday problems and existential questions that the protagonists struggle with.

So if you’re looking for a relatable read, check out these 6 captivating novels that star chronically ill characters. 

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The Best of 2018: The 8 Most-Liked Blog Posts of the Year | The Health Sessions

The Best of 2018: The 8 Most-Liked Blog Posts of the Year

2018 was the start of a new phase for my family. We lost my father-in-law to cancer the week after my daughter started Kindergarten. It was symbolic for this stage of transition, in which we gradually start looking after our parents while our young kids learn to explore the world.

Despite the grief, stress and worries for sick family members, 2018 has also been a year of appreciation. Because when you see the sorrow of others, it also makes you thankful for all the little things that are good in your life. Knowing from how far I’ve come, I still feel grateful almost every day that I’m able to cycle my girl to school, run after my little boy on the playground and make such a fabulous team with my husband. On The Health Sessions, I’ve published over 75 blog posts, read by almost 265,000 unique visitors from all around the world.

So although I’m not-so secretly praying that 2019 brings good health for all the people I love, I’m also looking forward to see which exciting adventures the next year will bring.

To round up the old before welcoming in the new, here is the most loved content – by you and me – from The Health Sessions of 2018. 

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7 Healthy Cookbooks You Need in Your Kitchen (Now) | The Health Sessions

7 Healthy Cookbooks You Need in Your Kitchen (Now)

It’s the same old question every day: “What’s for dinner tonight?”

No matter if you’re a seasoned home cook or a kitchen novice, you can never have too much healthy food inspiration. Whether you’re looking for nourishing breakfasts or easy weeknight dinners, the lush food photography in the cookbooks listed below will get you fired up to prep healthy meals in no-time.

There’s a recipe guide for everyone’s taste, from plant-based dishes and Paleo feel-good food to family-friendly, balanced dinners. All the cookbooks have one thing in common: they all showcase home-cooked meals made with fresh, wholesome ingredients.

So get the perfect gift for your foodie friend or expand your own culinary repertoire with these 7 healthy cookbooks you need in your kitchen – now. 

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What Philosophy Can Teach You About Living Well with Chronic Illness | The Health Sessions

What Philosophy Can Teach You About Living Well with Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness can turn your world upside down. Everything you used to believe about yourself, about life and the way the world works may change. How can you make sense of your new identity and altered reality?

Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, reality and knowledge. In a nutshell, it tries to ask and answer questions about how we should live and think. With thousands of years of wisdom from all around the world integrated into theories and practices, can philosophy teach us how to have a positive and meaningful life despite our health problems?

Have a look at these 5 existential lessons from philosophy that will change the way you live with chronic illness.

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