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Reifying Women's Experiences with Invisible Illness: Illusions, Delusions, Reality provides a platform that recognizes that the experience of invisible illness is greatly influenced by context and personal circumstance. The contributors to this book include women who exude diversity as it relates to race and ethnicity, career, religious experience, education, social support, and interpersonal relationships. From recent college graduates to senior level professionals, these women share stories that create a space to advocate on behalf of the individual who is chronically ill rather than focusing on the often privileged perspective of medical professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498551007
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/20/2017
Series: Lexington Studies in Health Communication Series
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Kesha Morant Williams is associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State University.
Frances “Selena” Morant is psychiatric nurse with an assertive community treatment (ACT) program.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Communicating from/as/with the Body
Laura Ellingson
Introduction: Not an Illusion
Kesha Morant Williams
Chapter 1: My Sister’s Keeper: Sibling Social Support and Chronic Illness
Kesha Morant Williams
Chapter 2: Temporal Reflections of UC Remission: An Autoethnography of Body Image & Acceptance
Nicole Defenbaugh
Chapter 3: A Semblance of Normalcy: Social Isolation and the Burden of Looking Well
Hannah Thyberg
Chapter 4: Transparency and Disclosure: Tools for Building Trust and Confidence
Emily Pfender
Chapter 5: An Unexpected Road to Discovery: Finding One’s Self in the Midst of Uncertainty
Launick Saint-Fort
Chapter 6: When Lifestage Matters: A Narrative Account of a Pregnancy-Related Invisible Illness
Eletra Gilchrist Petty
Chapter 7: Reframing Personal and Professional Identity in Connection to “Ability”
Cerise L. Glenn
Chapter 8: Duty, Honor, Country…sickness: Finding Strength in my Personal Battle with Gulf War Illness
Elizabeth Desnoyer-Colas
Chapter 9: Complicit in Concealing Illness: Black Women, Beauty, Identity, and Breast Cancer
Annette Matlock Gatison
Chapter 10: The Enemy at the Door: My Friend’s Silent Battle to Breast Cancer
Wei Sun
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